New meeting in US on advances in prostate cancer just announced


Apparently, immediately preceding the upcoming Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco at the end of January, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Prostate Cancer Foundation are to co-host a 3-day-long meeting on prostate cancer in San Diego.

The program for this conference (the first AACR-Prostate Cancer Foundation Conference on Advances in Prostate Cancer Research, on January 19 to 21, 2014) can be accessed on line, and research to be highlighted includes presentations dealing with:

According to the meeting announcement received this morning

This conference brings together scientists to discuss the latest advances in prostate cancer research. A full range of topics from basic science to clinical research will be included in the program.

However, it is a tad puzzling to your sitemaster (a) why this conference has been scheduled a week prior to the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco and (b) why information about the meeting only seems to being widely publicized now, when (presumably) many potentially interested people have made arrangements to be doing other things before going to the meeting in San Francisco.

For those patient advocates living in the San Diego area who might be interested, apparently you can still register to attend this meeting for $450.00 (but it would have been only $350.00 if we’d been able to tell you about it prior to December 9, 2013!).

One Response

  1. AACR

    Thanks for this notice.

    I have represented prostate cancer survivors three times as part of the AACR’s Scientist Survivor Program (SSP) that selects about forty survivors of all types of cancer from all countries annually (majority of us come from the US). The AACR treats us like kings and queens at its annual meeting, paying all expenses including travel, having a great and convenient lounge (with food for swift breakfast, lunch and snacks) just for us, and providing talks just to our group from leading experts.

    I’ve also attended one AACR conference on cancer prevention that was in nearby Baltimore that year, chaired by Dr. Bill Nelson, a renowned prostate cancer researcher from Johns Hopkins; I attended without charge, but also without expenses paid or special arrangements. I had a grand time, participated in audience discussions, and during the poster sessions connected two research teams working on the same prostate cancer signal pathway while being unaware of each other’s work until my intervention. I have always found that researchers warmly welcome survivors and are interested in our experiences, views and questions. I’m convinced we provide a valuable different perspective for them and ground truth experience. Often we see issues from viewpoints they have not considered, and we are often aware of history and details, such as side effects, that are unfamiliar to them. For example, many of us survivors realized immediately that the PLCO and ERSPC trials were publishing findings on prostate cancer screening that were terribly premature back in 2009, while many researchers and even doctors treating prostate cancer were oblivious to that critical fact.

    These experiences lead me to believe this conference will be really well done and a wonderful opportunity for adequately prepared laymen survivors. However, most of the presentations are highly technical, so it helps to have a good scientific background and a knowledge of the basic statistics used in research as well as the state of play in prostate cancer topics. For those of us who are veterans of the SSP program, there is at least a chance that the AACR would waive the attendance charge.

    I wish I could go, but I’m an East Coast guy with duties at home this year.

    Those of us interested in the AACR’s SSP program can apply in the fall via the AACR website at http://www.aacr.org. The program is looking for those with active involvement in cancer advocacy and education, mostly, but not entirely, laymen. Once selected, the AACR welcomes attendance up to three years, with avenues for participation as mentors beyond that.

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