On November 20, 2017, Chargé d’Affaires David Kostelancik presented this year’s Nancy Brinker Award to an outstanding Hungarian breast cancer professional, psychologist Judit Désfalvi.
The Award was established at the initiative of Nancy G. Brinker, former Ambassador to Hungary and President of the Susan G. Komen Foundation as well as of former Ambassador to Hungary Eleni Kounalakis seven years ago and is annually presented to health care professionals treating or researching breast cancer. The Award comes with a grant that covers the costs of travel to and participation at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.
This year’s awardee, Ms. Désfalvi, is a psychologist with Semmelweis University’s Center of Radiology and Oncotherapy, who assists breast cancer patients with daily counseling and also leads, with a co-worker, biweekly self-help group sessions. This year’s choice of the awardee is meant to demonstrate the importance and vital role of the work of those who offer psychological support for breast cancer patients during the healing process.
At the award ceremony last year’s awardee, Dr. Róbert Maráz, surgeon and radiologist of the Bács-Kiskun County Hospital, made a presentation on the novelties he had learnt about at the San Antonio conference, which can be transferred into the practice of breast cancer treatment in Hungary. “We learned about the most modern therapies in San Antonio. The largest trials are conducted in the United States, and the results of several of the most recent clinical trials were first presented at the symposium. 7,500 professionals attend this congress every year, which makes it the single largest symposium in the world,” Dr. Maráz said.
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