08/31/2011 08:55 am ET Updated Oct 31, 2011

What Do I Say To Someone With Breast Cancer?

Have a loved one diagnosed with depression? Cancer? The thought of talking to that person can be scary and awkward. What do you say? What is polite, appropriate, helpful?

“What Do I Say” is a new original video series that will answer these questions on an ongoing basis. Tune in on Wednesdays, and look at our schedule below to see when we’re covering a topic affecting your life.


Dr. Marnee Spierer (Radiation Oncologist): A Board Certified physician in Radiation Oncology, Dr. Spierer recently served as Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she served as residency program director and was instrumental in the education of residents and medical students. Dr. Spierer also played an integral part of the multidisciplinary sarcoma, pediatric and breast tumor boards. She specializes in adult radiation oncology, with particular focus on breast cancer, sarcoma, and stereotactic body and CNS radio surgery.

After receiving her B.A. at the University of Michigan, Dr. Spierer pursued her MA at the Teachers College at Columbia University. Dr. Spierer then went on to pursue her M.D. at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Following an internship at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey, she did her residency in Radiation Oncology at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Spierer is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American Board of Radiology, American Association for Woman in Radiology, American Society of Breast Diseases, New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group.

Dr. Spierer has been an invited lecturer on several topics including women's oncology and breast cancer. Her published writings have focused on breast cancer, sarcoma, lymphoma, and pediatric malignancies. She has served as principal investigator on several clinical trials and has been actively involved in many clinical research studies.