Cancer Survivor to Speak on Life-Saving Medical Breakthrough at Morehouse School of Medicine’s HELA Conference

Closing out gynecologic cancer awareness month, leaders in women’s healthcare and research will come to Morehouse School of Medicine, Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care Auditorium, 720 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30310 during the 22nd Annual HeLa Women’s Health Symposium on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Mary Floyd, a pre-terminal uterine cancer survivor, will be on hand as researchers discuss the reversal of the disease that could have claimed her life. The research and testing leading to her remarkable recovery could prove to be a cure for uterine cancer, according to Roland Patillo, M.D.
Mrs. Floyd and researchers will discuss the treatment, which lead to her being cured of cancer during the morning-long symposium – based upon decades of research conducted by Morehouse School of Medicine obstetrics & gynecology professor Dr. Roland Patillo. The cells he used to conduct the research are HeLa cells, which originated from Henrietta Lacks. Her cells were used for decades in a variety of research while her identity was not revealed. Lack’s story was later told in a book and more recently a movie produced by Oprah Winfrey called The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Mrs. Floyd will be available to speak about her being diagnosed and subsequently cured of uterine cancer. The now 64-year-old Atlanta resident has been free of cancer for 4 ½ years.
Dr. Patillo will also be on hand to answer questions about his research and the treatment.
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