Hi to all,
Let me introduce myself. I am an eleventh year survivor of a challenging case of prostate cancer, using an investigational therapy known as triple androgen deprivation therapy (with bisphosphonate and nutritional/exercise/stress reduction support), doing very well.
Virtually all of my posts are on the Prostate Cancer board, but I thought participants on the Cancer board might be interested in a report on the AACR meeting that I posted last night. If you are interested, you can find it on the Prostate Cancer board under this title: "Your Representative at the American Assn. for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, 2010." You can spot it easily by the glowing lightbulb symbol in the margin. I just did a search of the HealthBoards system and found that no other SSP participant was posting about the event, so I decided to share my report more widely.
I was not there as a medical professional. In fact, I have no enrolled medical education but was participating in a special program that brings about forty survivors to each year's five day annual conference.
While I was there specifically to represent prostate cancer survivors, much of the meeting, and much of my report, apply to cancer generally. The survivor program is known as the Scientist↔Survivor Program and included survivors representing many kinds of cancers. The more common cancers were more heavily represented, as you might expect, but there were at least two of us who represented rare ("orphan") cancers, and a number of us represented major but less common cancers.
If you read the article and post a response on the Prostate Cancer Board, I'll read it and respond if appropriate to that board (if it's general or not pertaining to another cancer), or I'll try to post a response on the appropriate board.