LLS’s mission in action: The 2013 Emerging Therapies & Survivorship Conference

Emerging Therapies main sessionThis past Saturday’s Emerging Therapies & Survivorship Conference set a new record with nearly 700 patients, caregivers and health care professionals in attendance. 

Survivorship was the theme of the day, starting with the warm welcome by Kathleen Leary, Chairperson of the Greater San Francisco Board of Trustees (and Hodgkin lymphoma and breast cancer survivor), and the presentation covering LLS’s organizational goals in terms of championing survivorship from a research perspective, advocating for drug coverage and access to new therapies and helping patients live long, healthy lives.

Emerging-therapies-quoteNew to the main session this year, was a 45 minute panel discussion on survivorship. Our three wonderful panelists – Jennifer Flowers, Maureen O’Sullivan and Gregg Timmons – openly shared their experiences and connected with the audience.

The morning program was followed by breakout sessions by diagnosis where patients and caregivers had the opportunity to hear updates from the Bay Area’s leading oncology/hematology physicians.  Dr. Steven Coutre, MD, of Stanford led a breakout session focusing on chronic lymphoid leukemia.  Dr. Peter Greenberg, MD, also of Stanford, hosted a session focusing on myelodysplastic syndromes.  Dr. Babis Andreadis, MD, of UCSF presented on indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Dr. Jeffrey Wolf, MD, of UCSF presented to those affected by multiple myeloma. Dr. Neil Shah, MD, PhD hosted a lecture on chronic myeloid leukemia. Dr. Lawrence Kaplan, MD, gave a talk on agressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Many thanks to our partners and sponsors who helped make this event possible:

  • Association of Northern California Oncologists
  • Celgene
  • Genentech
  • Marin Cancer Care
  • Millennium
  • Onyx
  • Redwood Regional Medical Group
  • Stanford Cancer Institute
  • Teva
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

And a big thank you to all patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and volunteers who joined us early on Saturday morning to connect, engage, and learn. We look forward to seeing you next year!


About Megan Kilkenny

LLS Sr. Director, Marketing Communication Team In Training Alum Three-time Nike Women's Half Marathon finisher
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