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Wednesday, June 9, 2004


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NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS:
National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society Co-Sponsor Second Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference
WHAT: "Cancer Survivorship: Pathways to Health After Treatment"
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the American Cancer Society (ACS) announce the second biennial cancer survivorship research conference, "Cancer Survivorship: Pathways to Health After Treatment," which will take place in Washington, D.C., on June 17-18, 2004. The conference will bring together researchers from across several fields, including healthcare professionals, community-based advocates, state public health planners, and cancer survivors and their families, to focus on innovative research findings and to network with multidisciplinary experts who are committed to the advancement of survivorship research.

The agenda will include the following highlights:

  • NCI Director Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., a cancer survivor, will discuss survivorship research supported by NCI. He also will announce NCI grant awards that will be made to over a dozen national researchers to support cutting-edge survivorship research.
  • ABC News Correspondent Sam Donaldson will share his thoughts about cancer, survivorship, and his personal experience as a survivor of melanoma in his talk titled "A View From Washington."
  • For the first time, the survivorship conference will feature a Survivor-Researcher Mentor Program, sponsored by NCI, ACS, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). The program provides scholarships for 20 emerging leaders in the cancer advocacy community to attend the conference and to interact with researchers. The mentorship program will allow advocates to learn firsthand about emerging advances and opportunities in cancer survivorship science, and also will provide a forum for researchers to meet and talk with those people whose lives are directly affected by cancer. Scholarship recipients will prepare a summary of the meeting, which will be disseminated by various organizations including NCI, ACS and LAF.
  • LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., M.D., chair of the President's Cancer Panel and professor of surgery at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., will discuss recommendations made in the recently released President's Cancer Panel's 2003-2004 annual report, titled "Living Beyond Cancer: Finding a New Balance," and its companion piece, "Living Beyond Cancer: A European Dialogue."
WHEN: Thursday, June 17, 2004 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 18, 2004 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Conference registration and additional information, including an agenda for the conference, is available at http://www.blsmeetings.net/2010. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Lisa Gail at (301) 577-0244.
  • Interested press should contact Dorie Hightower or Nicole Gottlieb in the NCI Press Office at (301) 496-6641 or at ncipressofficers@mail.nih.gov.
WHERE: The conference will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., (202) 328-2000, located at 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20008. The hotel is across the street from the escalators of the Woodley Park station on the Metrorail's Red Line. Hotel parking is also available for a fee.

For information about NCI's Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS), please visit http://survivorship.cancer.gov.

To learn more about the National Cancer Institute, please go to http://www.cancer.gov.

For additional information about the American Cancer Society, please visit http://www.cancer.org.


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