Free Workshop Will Address Living with Advanced Breast Cancer

Silvana Martino, D.O. will present "Frankly Speaking About Advanced Breast Cancer" at The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura.

Westlake Village, CA, September 03, 2009 --( The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura will host a free presentation for people affected by cancer entitled: Frankly Speaking About Advanced Breast Cancer with Silvana Martino, D.O. The program will focus on the needs of women newly diagnosed with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer and women who have lived two to five years with the disease. This free workshop takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, at The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura, 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Advance registration is preferred, but walk-in attendees are welcome. To register, please call (805) 379-4777.

“Women can and do live for years with metastatic cancer,” said Marty Nason, VP of Programs at The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura. “This program gives patients, as well as their families, the opportunity to learn more about the disease and develop the skills necessary to become an active and informed partner with their treatment team.”

Workshop presenter Silvana Martino, D.O. will provide information about survivorship issues, new treatments, and concerns for women newly diagnosed with metastatic cancer, in order to empower them to live their best quality of life and be active participants in their cancer journey. Dr. Martino is director of the Breast Cancer Section of the Angeles Clinic and Research Institute in Santa Monica. She has specialized in the treatment of breast cancer since 1979.

Attendees will receive a copy of the comprehensive Frankly Speaking About Advanced Breast Cancer booklet. Frankly Speaking About Advanced Breast Cancer is created by The Wellness Community in collaboration with Living Beyond Breast Cancer ( and made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline Oncology, AstraZeneca and Abraxis.

Founded in 1982, The Wellness Community is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing free support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones at over 100 locations worldwide including 24 U.S.-based and 2 international centers with 73 satellite and off-site programs. Through participation in professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of their disease.

As a local chapter, The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura serves over 3,000 community members affected by cancer each year. For more information, to volunteer, or to make a donation, please visit or call 805-379-4777. Give hope to a child affected by cancer: Text COMMUNITY to 90999 to donate $5 to programs for children. Standard text messaging rates apply. For full terms visit

The Wellness Community Valley/Ventura
Grace Kennedy