October 7, 2013 12:43:18 PM PDT
The special focuses on the progress we're making on many issues of great concern to those who are diagnosed with breast cancer. "BREAST CANCER: ANSWERS, UPDATES & PROGRESS"

Host: Eyewitness News Anchor Diana Williams

In fact, this year ABC is proud to be working very closely with the American Cancer Society in an initiative we're referring to as "going pink". Our goal is to work together on raising more awareness about the importance of early detection and genetic testing.

Survivors share personal stories in the hope that it can help others. We feature progress being made in treatment and management of Lymphedema. Therapists work with a survivor on managing her Lymphedema which started a year after she finished her treatment. The programs also features a new clinical trial where Doctors are excited about the possibility of preventing Lymphedema in the first place. With the latest Supreme Court ruling ending the ability to patent the breast cancer genes and the wide public interest in the prophylactic measures taken by Angelina Jolie, we feature a New Jersey family with a surprising story of four siblings who all test positive for these genes and how they deal with their health care issues.

There continues to be controversy on when women should start with their baseline mammograms and one survivor is a perfect example of the confusion that exists. It turns out that her life was saved due to a decision she made that related to fertility and the freezing of eggs. We also feature a very promising trial being conducted on a technique called Cryoablation which involves the freezing of tumors and then follows that up with immune therapy to reduce the risk of a recurrence.

If you're a Jeopardy fan, and was by intrigued by "Watson" the computer that did very well on the show, you will enjoy knowing that Watson is working hard with Oncologists on improving the ability to determine the best care for a patient. We also feature some groundbreaking research on quality of life issues that measures the impact of cancer care on employment and income in underserved populations.

Experts featured include Doctors and researchers from Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Atlantic Health Systems, Murray Hill Radiology and the American Cancer Society.

This annual special is part of WABC-TV's continuing commitment to the Making Strides against Breast Cancer Campaign of the American Cancer Society. This is WABC TV's 19th year as media sponsors of the walk and we strongly urge our viewers to join us on October 20th for the Making Strides walks in our tri-state area. Previous Specials in the series have won seven Emmy Awards & 3 National Gracie Allen Awards. Information on resources can be found on

Resources featured in our special:
American Cancer Society

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

New York-Presbyterian University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell

Overlook Medical Center, NJ
800 247 9580

Murray Hill Radiology

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

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