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SEATTLE – (June 3, 2015) – Virginia Mason will host the Pancreatic Cancer Symposium from 1:30 until 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5.

The event is free and open to the public. It will feature educational presentations by experts from the Floyd & Delores Jones Cancer Institute at Virginia Mason, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Swedish Cancer Institute and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Register online or call (206) 223-7523.

Topics to be discussed include minimally invasive surgery for pancreatic cancer; side effect management and nutritional support; genetic susceptibility to pancreatic cancer; translating scientific discoveries to patient care; and surviving pancreatic cancer.

The event will be in Volney Richmond Auditorium at the Virginia Mason Lindeman Pavilion, Level 1, 1201 Terry Ave., Seattle.

About Virginia Mason Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs about 6,000 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; regional medical centers throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste, lower cost, and improve quality and patient safety. Virginia Mason website:

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Media Contact: Gale Robinette Virginia Mason Media Relations (206) 341-1509

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