Moffitt Cancer Center’s FACTors Conference To Feature Hoda Kotb

September 15, 2008

‘Today’ show anchor and breast cancer survivor available for media interviews

Tampa, FL— The 21st annual FACTors breast cancer education conference will take place Oct. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, 211 N. Tampa St. The keynote speaker will be award-winning journalist Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of the fourth hour of “Today” and a breast cancer survivor.                              

Kotb, a “Dateline NBC” correspondent and “Your Total Health” host, has covered the aftermath and one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.

The FACTors conference is the only conference of its kind in the area and provides an opportunity to learn about breast cancer research, treatment, prevention, support groups, community resources, survivorship and advocacy. Among the workshops offered are “Knowing Your Reconstruction Options: What is Best for You,” “Getting Your Groove On: Breast Cancer and Intimacy,” “Restocking Your Pantry: Taking the 1st Step Towards a Healthy Lifestyle & Dispelling Some Food Myths” and “Genetics, Genomics and Personalized Medicine: How This Can Affect Your Medical Decisions.”

New this year is a workshop dedicated to men only. Marc Heyison, co-founder of Men Against Breast Cancer, will lead “Partners In Survival” to discuss how men can get involved in helping the women they love battle breast cancer.

The luncheon program will include best-selling author, humorist and breast cancer survivor Christine Clifford Beckwith. There will be a doctors Q-and-A, professional exhibitors, door prizes and live entertainment. A continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

The conference fee is $25, and pre-conference registration is required. Deadline to register is Oct. 3. Call (813) 903-4613 or e-mail

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.