San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

I am excited to be on my way down to Texas this afternoon for the largest national meeting on breast cancer research, the 32nd annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.  The meeting brings together over 9,000 researchers, physicians, and advocates, all in one room, to hear and discuss the latest research (including my own oncologist – what are the odds I’ll run into him??).

The symposium is a collaboration of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at UT Health Science Center San Antonio, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Baylor College of Medicine.

I’m heading down a day early because the National Breast Cancer Coalition will be holding a continuing education program for advocates before the symposium begins, with a focus on screening, early detection, and where we need to go from here.  We will have the opportunity to hear from some well known researchers in epidemiology and nanomedicine, and then hear what promises to be a lively panel of advocates discuss the current screening controversy.

I’m looking forward to hearing the science, asking questions, learning more, seeing old advocate friends and meeting new ones.

Over 200 advocates from around the world attend each year including about 40 who receive scholarships from the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation (ABCF).  ABCF was approached by the founders of the symposium many years ago and together they developed a phenomenal program to welcome and include advocates in the meeting.  The advocates attend sessions and write a summary or report on an assigned topic, once they get back home.  ABCF also sponsors mentoring sessions in the evening with renowned physicians and researchers giving their interpretation of the day’s scientific sessions.   To learn more click here.

To learn more about the topics being presented at this year’s symposium take a look at the schedule.

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