Breast Cancer Forum

Three leading specialists in the fields of medical oncology, surgical oncology and radiation oncology will present an update on advances in breast cancer diagnosis and the implications for treatment as well as research in the field. This free forum will be held on Wednesday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at Adelphi University’s University Center in Garden City and is a special event of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.


Dr. George Raptis
Dr. George Raptis, MD MBA Medical Oncologist

Dr. Raptis is the associate chief for oncology at the North–Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and is vice president for the Oncology Network for the Health System. He works collaboratively with senior leadership to develop and integrate cancer care and clinical research across the evolving Oncology Network in support of the mission and vision of the North Shore – LIJ Cancer institute and Health System. Dr. Raptis developed, designed, and built the multidisciplinary Dubin Breast Center at Mount Sinai and has organized and launched their breast cancer research program.

Dr. Janna Andrews
Dr. Janna Andrews, MD Radiation Oncologist

Dr. Andrews is an attending physician at NSLIJ Cancer Institute. Concerned about disparities in medicine and oncology, Dr. Andrews started a nonprofit in Indiana called Kicked It In Heels for breast cancer survivors focusing on young women and women of color. Dr. Andrews recently returned to the east coast and plans to continue to work with community outreach programs and legislators to help break the cycle of disparities in oncology.

Dr. Melissa Pilewskie
Dr. Melissa Pilewskie, MD Surgical Breast Oncologist

Dr. Pilewskie’s practice is dedicated exclusively to the treatment of breast diseases. She performs all aspects of breast cancer surgery, seeing patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center in Manhattan and their regional care facility in Commack. She is involved in research that addresses the care of breast cancer patients, currently working to help personalize the screening recommendations for women at high risk to enable doctors to deliver more individualized care. She has investigated the surgical treatment of triple negative cancers.

This event is sponsored by the Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer. There is no charge but registration is required. To register, please call 516-877-4325.


Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of theNassau Observer, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI), New York Press Association (NYPA) and Fair Media Council (FMC).

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