Meg Ryan appears at Massey Cancer Center’s Women and Wellness Luncheon

Posted at 11:37 PM, Feb 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-06 10:01:11-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Actress Meg Ryan is back in Richmond. She was in Central Virginia this past summer, making her directorial debut in the film "Ithaca."

She is the keynote speaker for Massey Cancer Center's annual Women and Wellness Luncheon.

The sold-out event is being held Tuesday at the Jefferson Hotel. Proceeds will benefit research related to women's cancers, including breast and gynecologic cancers.

This past year, Massey helped lead two major world-wide studies looking at breast cancer in younger women, including reducing recurrence in premenopausal women.

"They were really the first successful attempt to get the global breast cancer community together to study the very important question, specifically of should we suppress  a woman's normal ovarian function after she's been diagnosed with an estrogen driven breast cancer or not,” said Charles Geyer, M.D., associate director of clinical research at the Massey Cancer Center. “Believe it or not -- that was a question for many years."

Doctors also say they've researched new ways to help women maintain their ability to have children after a cancer diagnosis.