University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Bay Area Breast Cancer Forum

Dr. Hope RugoThe UCSF Breast Care Center, under the direction of Dr. Hope Rugo and coordinated by Melody Gawliu, hosts a bi-monthly UCSF Bay Area Breast Cancer Forum at which health experts explore the latest developments and advancements in breast cancer research.

The forum provides an excellent venue for our patients and their families to gather new information about topics related to breast cancer and breast health.

To RSVP to and upcoming forum, or to ask questions: bayareabreastcancerforum@ucsf.edu 


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Latest Forum

November 18, 2020. "Updates from ESMO 2020: New Developments in Treatment"
Dr. Hope Rugo moderated the virtual UCSF Bay Area Breast Cancer Forum to discuss results from the recent European Society for Medical Oncology 2020 Virtual Congress.

ESMO’s core mission is to improve the quality of cancer care, from prevention and diagnosis all the way to palliative care and patient follow-up. It is to educate – doctors, cancer patients, and the general public – on the best practices and latest advances in oncology. The ESMO Virtual Congress 2020 presented promising new developments aimed at improving cancer patient care.


Previous Forums

September 30, 2020. "Making the Most of the Pandemic: Mindfulness in the Time of COVID-19."

Dr. Rugo was joined by Dr. Dianne Shumay to discuss how individuals can practice mindfulness and manage their mental health during the pandemic. Dr. Shumay is a psychologist who cares for cancer patients, cancer survivors and patients & loved ones. She works to address a wide range of short-term and long-term needs, including stress management and coping, and goal setting for finding meaning, purpose and better quality of life.

>>Mindfulness, Cancer and COVID-19: Resources

August 19, 2020. "Exercise Tips for Cancer Patients in the COVID-19 Pandemic: staying safe and healthy." Moderator Dr. Hope Rugo was joined by Drs. Michelle Melisko and Natalie Marshall in sharing tips for exercising and staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following materials were referenced in the forum:

June 19, 2020. Dr. Rugo and her UCSF colleagues joined oncology professionals from around the world for the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program (5/29/20 to 5/31/20) to see and hear the brightest minds in oncology presenting state-of-the-art treatment modalities and new therapies. On 6/10/2020, Dr. Rugo was joined by Dr. Amy Jo Chien, Dr. Michelle Melisko, and Dr. Natalie Marshall in sharing the latest research advances in breast cancer from this year's ASCO meeting.




April 15, 2020. The latest Bay Area Breast Cancer Forum discussed breast cancer treatment during the COVID pandemic, with an emphasis on what UCSF is doing to manage treatment and care. Moderated by Hope Rugo, MD. With guests Pelin Cinar, MD, Manisha Israni-Jiang, MD, and Laura Esserman, MD, MPH.
View the full list of past forums.