October is widely known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but within that month is a day dedicated to an often overlooked form of the disease, metastatic breast cancer.

Baylor College of Medicine is supporting breast cancer awareness by lighting its main Cullen building in pink for the week of Oct. 10-17, and will be hosting a special panel discussion in honor of Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Oct. 13.

The lunchtime panel discussion will highlight Baylor’s work in the treatment of breast cancer and metastatic research. Panelists will include Dr. Angela Coscio, assistant professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center within Baylor’s NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Xiang “Shawn” Zhang, assistant professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Dr. Suzanne Fuqua, professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

“Metastatic breast cancer research is crucial to our understanding and treatment of the disease overall, and many people may not realize what our team here at Baylor is doing to fight it from a research standpoint and how we are translating that research into the clinic,” said Coscio, also an assistant professor of medicine. “We hope to engage our community in intelligent conversation about the disease, current research and how we can continue to support efforts to find a cure.”

The panel discussion is open to the public and will begin at noon on Oct. 13 in Kleberg Auditorium, located in the Michael E. DeBakey Building on the Main Baylor campus. In addition to the panel, T-shirts will be on sale to support metastatic breast cancer research. T-shirts and education materials will be located outside of the cafeteria in the Cullen building on the Main Baylor campus, at One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX, 77030.