H3’s 6th Annual Open Panel Discussion about Cancer


H3’s 6th Annual Open Panel Discussion about Cancer

Monday, October 24, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Miami Beach JCC Location: 4221 Pine Tree Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140

In Person and Virtual Event

Partnering with Sharsheret National Jewish Breast Cancer & Ovarian Organization

Hosted by Miami Beach JCC:

Co-Sponsored by Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

About Our Event:

Our first three discussions covered topics including the increase in cancer diagnoses, raising awareness, and providing education on prevention, accessing conventional and alternative treatments, challenges related to interacting with the medical system, and the future of cancer care. As we mentioned during the second panel, “It begins with me.”

Our 4th and 5th discussions covered the impact of COVID-19 on cancer diagnosis and accessing treatment and how COVID invaded every aspect of our lives – social, political, financial, and possibly most importantly, our overall health, resulting in other health-related issues for cancer survivors such as diabetes, obesity, and mental illness.

For our 6th Open Panel Discussion, we will focus on the following questions in depth:

1) Do you think genetic testing is a valuable tool for diagnosing, treating, or possibly preventing breast cancer? Are there currently reliable tests for genetic markers indicated in specific racial or ethnic groups?

2) For breast cancer survivors who are BRCA1 or BRCA2 positive and ER-PR positive, how important is it for their treatment protocols to be modified or updated, especially after the standard five-year mark?

H3’s Founder and Director Janinha Piazzetta is moderating the discussion panel. Each participant will address the question above from their unique perspective. The audience will have an opportunity to participate with questions towards the end.


Janinha Piazzetta, Founder, Director & Breast Cancer Survivor

H3 Panel Participants:

Lisa Blumetti, ERPR+, HER2+, has been a stage IV breast cancer conqueror for 17 years. She is the Chairperson on the Board of Directors for H3 and has tried to use her cancer experiences to help further their mission of improving wellness through education about conventional and non-conventional modalities.

Cristina Lopez-Peñalver, M.D., FACS, is a surgical oncologist specializing in the treatment of breast cancer. Utilizing the latest surgical advances, she treats patients diagnosed with all types and stages of breast cancer, including non-invasive and invasive, recurrent, and advanced. She collaborates with Miami Cancer Institute’s multidisciplinary team to deliver the most-effective, individualized care plans.

Arelis Mártir-Negrón, M.D., FAMG, is a medical geneticist at Miami Cancer Institute, Baptist Health South Florida. She is trained in internal medicine, genetic diagnosis, and the treatment of patients with hereditary disorders. She develops interventions to minimize the risk and impact of genetic disorders and improve the efficacy of therapies to treat such diseases as cancer. Her clinical interests include genetic cancer risk assessment, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and precision medicine.

This event is free and open to the public.

Donations are gratefully accepted at https://h3hope.org/make-a-donation/

For details of the event, email [email protected] or call 305-531-2046.

*H3: Health. Hope. Healing. Inc is a non-profit 501(c)(3) breast cancer organization with a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status founded in December 2009.