Breast cancer treatment from Colonial times on

The death of John and Abigail Adams’s daughter 200 years ago has inspired a presentation describing the evolution of breast cancer treatment from Colonial times to today. “Nabby” Adams died of breast cancer in Weymouth at age 48, and the Abigail Adams Historical Society is teaming up with South Shore Hospital and Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center on the program, which begins Monday at 7 p.m. in the Paul Snell Conference Center at South Shore Hospital. The collaboration is “a very good example of the kind of programs the society is interested in implementing to grow recognition for Abigail’s life, her homestead, and the relevance of her life on American and women’s history,” said spokeswoman Michelle McGrath. Speakers will be Dr. David Jones of Harvard University and Dr. Suniti Nimbkar of Harvard Medical School. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to fund the preservation of the Abigail Adams Birthplace.