Partners in Care hosts physicians, breast cancer researchers at annual Fall Foliage Conference in Asheville

November 28, 2023

For more than three decades, physicians and breast cancer researchers from across the country have descended on western North Carolina each October for an academic conference named after the area’s vibrant fall foliage —and devoted to sharing the latest advances and innovations in cancer research and treatment.

The 35th annual Fall Foliage Cancer Conference was held at the historic Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville in late October.

With support from both Partners in Care and the MORE Foundation, attendees heard updates from expert panelists representing the country’s top cancer clinics, including M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston; Cleveland Clinic; Cornell University; Duke University Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City; Mayo Clinic; Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the University of Pennsylvania.

Updates were presented on topics including radiation therapy for the whole and partial breast; new therapies in treating triple negative breast cancer; targeted therapies; innovations in breast surgical oncology; integrating reconstruction with radiotherapy; metastatic HER2 breast cancer; inherited cancer risks beyond BRCA adjuvant CDK4/6 inhibitor treatment for early-stage breast cancer, bone health post-cancer treatments and targeted axillary dissection. Two dozen exhibitors, sponsors and educational grant providers also participated in the conference.

“Thanks to the vision and generosity of conference founder Dr. Charles Thomas, Asheville has long been at the forefront of cancer treatment and education,” said Kathy Tolentino, executive director of Partners in Care. “Bringing together so many experts in cancer treatment and research only makes our mission of providing financial assistance and other support for patients that much more attainable.”

The 2024 Fall Foliage Conference is scheduled for Oct. 25-26, also at the Omni Grove Park Inn.