Summit on Prevention of Metastatic Breast Cancer

When NBCC set a deadline for ending breast cancer, we knew a key to reaching that goal would be gaining a better understanding of metastasis, and learning how to prevent the process from taking women’s lives.  This weekend we are taking an unprecedented step to reach that goal by bringing together scientists from different fields with passionate, knowledgeable advocates, to challenge each other to look at the issue broadly and in new ways, and to seek attainable solutions.  We are bringing together investigators who are currently looking at the biology of breast cancer metastasis – the genetics, the cellular mechanisms, and the role of the immune system – with others who have created mathematical models of metastasis, or have been applying evolutionary theory to cancer progression, or are problem solvers from other fields, such as a former DARPA project manager and physicist.

This will not be a typical scientific meeting.  There will be no formal presentations.  The 31 scientists and advocates will divide into groups to first diverge, and explore all of the different ways to view breast cancer metastasis and prevention.  Then we will converge, as a large group, to determine the most viable approaches for moving forward, and develop recommendations for next steps.  We will work together to see how different perspectives can intersect and complement each other, and ultimately, lead us to an understanding of how to prevent breast cancer metastasis from taking women’s lives.  We are not interested in incremental change.  We want to see leaps and bounds.  We believe this requires a broad, systemic look at the problem, and bold new ideas.

Science writers will document the work of the summit and produce a report on the recommendations.  After the summit, NBCC will determine how best to further the recommendations in 2012 and beyond.  Stay tuned.

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  • Jody Schoger (@jodyms)  On August 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

    We’re looking forward to hearing more, Laura. Thanks for posting and good luck to all!

  • Rose Gerber  On August 25, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Knowledgeable advocates and NBCC–synonymous. I look forward to the outcomes report. You and NBCC always have my support and best wishes.
    Rose Gerber

  • Janine Guglielmino  On August 25, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Can’t wait to hear what comes out of this meeting. I think this is an incredibly creative and forward-thinking approach.

  • katherinembc  On August 26, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Susan Davis was a tremendous force for advancing the concerns of people with metastatic breast cancer.

    She died last Saturday after living with metastatic breast cancer for more than 10 years.

    Susan served as Field Coordinator for Connecticut for the National Breast Cancer Coalition for six years, in addition to being the President of the Connecticut Breast Cancer Coalition. As President of the CBCC, she passed the “wig bill” which mandates insurance companies pay up to $350 for a wig each year a patient is in treatment.

    NBCC launched the Working for a Cure breast cancer license plate, with revenues going to fund state research projects on breast cancer. Susan also started the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund that provided Connecticut women with breast cancer funding to meet needs for housing, heat, transportation, food and other expenses.

    She served on the Breast Cancer Research and Education Committee, which distributes funds raised from the state income tax check-off box; she also served on the Treatment Committee of the Connecticut Cancer Control project; and was a member of the Breast Health Advisory Committee, which published the Breast Cancer Resource Guide for Connecticut.

  • yuthmartin  On January 5, 2012 at 2:19 am

    My support is always with you.thanks for posting.keep it up.never lose wishes.

  • Marlene McCarthy  On May 15, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    So pleased you posted your remarks from the Advocate Summit, Laura. They were invigorating when you delivered them and again reading them. Thank you so much!

    The NBCC Advocate Leadership Summit was truly a high quality event, attended by remarkable advocates and led by incredible activists.

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