2015 Northern California Blood Cancer Conference

We were honored to host 740 guests on January 24th Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comat the 2015 Northern California Blood Cancer Conference, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) annual free blood cancer conference!

The event took place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, where guests started the day with breakfast and opening remarks from Lauren Wilkerson Hall, Senior Manager of Patient Access & Education, followed by a presentation on LLS’s mission from Aaron Czyzewski, Regional Mission Director, and an important talk on how attendees can get involved and advocate for blood cancer patients from Sharon Ladin, Executive Director of Advocacy.

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comWe then welcomed our keynote speaker, Ethan Zohn, two-time Hodgkin lymphoma survivor, former American professional soccer player and winner of Survivor: Africa. Ethan gave his acclaimed speech “The Ultimate Survivor” which was a touching story of his experiences and successes from winning Survivor: Africa and all of the hurdles and challenges he had to overcome to become a two-time blood cancer survivor. He received a standing ovation and even had time to answer questions from attendees in the audience.

After the keynote speech, guests headed to breakout sessions hosted by leading physicians who presented new and exciting information on their field of expertise.  The breakout sessions included:

Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Bruno Medeiros, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia: Steven Coutre, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Neil Shah, M.D., Ph.D.
Edward S. Ageno Distinguished Professor in Hematology/Oncology; Leader, Hematopoietic Malignancies Program, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF

Multiple Myeloma: Thomas Martin, M.D.
Clinical Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Myeloma Institute, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF

Myelodyplastic Syndromes: Brian Jones, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (High Grade/Aggressive): Ranjana Advani, M.D. 
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (Low Grade/Indolent): C. Babis Andreadis, M.D., MSCE 
Associate Professor, Hematology and BMT Program, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCSF

Pediatric Blood Cancers: Mignon Loh, M.D.
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography - www.colsongriffith.comThank you to all of our guests and incredible speakers and presenters for making the Northern California Blood Cancer Conference a big success!  A big thank you to our sponsors, Boehringer Ingelheim, Genentech, Gilead, Pfizer, Pharmacyclics, Onyx, Seattle Genetics, Takeda and Teva Pharmaceuticals, and to our partners, including the Association of Northern California Oncologists, Stanford Cancer Center, University of California San Francisco Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cancer CAREpoint, and Kids & Art.

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