Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer 2013:
A Three-Part Symposium
Join the Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers for our annual symposium at Georgetown University. On Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, 2013, we will discuss the use of personalized medicine in clinical research and beyond, and answer the most pressing cancer treatment questions of today. Registration is available for one or both days.
Over the course of the two-day program we will develop a set of recommendations for the national and worldwide cancer communities that will promote efficiency and improved outcomes in clinical research, thereby bringing us closer to our mission of finding a cure for all gastrointestinal cancers.
The mission of the Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers is to integrate discoveries in molecular medicine and translational research with a patient-centered philosophy to transform the standard of care for patients with gastrointestinal cancers. The Ruesch Center is part of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Day 1: Friday, December 6, 2013
As a group, gastrointestinal cancers represent greater incidence and mortality than any other cancer. The symposium will focus on the emerging role of molecular profiling in cancer diagnosis, treatment planning and the transition to personalized medicine.
Multidisciplinary panels, including physicians, researchers, product developers, payers and patients will debate the benefits and challenges associated with currently available molecular diagnostic tools, how the field and array of products continues to evolve, and the potential to improve patient outcomes and value in the era of health reform.
We will examine advances in, and the science behind, tumor molecular profiling in clinical research and beyond. The integration of this rapidly evolving field into standard patient cancer care today will be addressed.
A companion series of specialized lectures on hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) will lead off the symposium, focusing on the current science and optimizing multidisciplinary care.
Day 2: Saturday, December 7, 2013
We turn our attention to patients and their families. By demystifying clinical research, we will address techniques for coping with cancer and learn about various topics in regard to care and personal life for patients and caregivers alike.