Thursday, July 26, 2007
Carolyn Benivegna and Sandi Pniauskas
contact: Sandi Pniauskas 905 668-0767
further information/registration: http://ovariancancerdebate.blogspot.com
online poll: http://cancerissues.blogspot.com/
Survivors' Debate: “The Past Decade in Ovarian Cancer”
WHAT: Ovarian cancer survivors, Carolyn Benivegna (U.S.) and Sandi Pniauskas (Canada), announce the first ever Ovarian Cancer Survivors Debate. The two conferences are survivor-led and survivor-organized with debate and discussion surrounding the multitude of issues - the past and the present. Open and lively dialogue will be encouraged.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All cancer survivors/caregivers, healthcare professionals, researchers, pharmacists and the general public are encouraged to attend and participate.
#1: Sheraton Hotel, Novi, MI Sat. October 27th, 2007
#2: Metropolitan Hotel, Toronto, ON Sat. November 3rd, 2007
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Ovarian cancer has the highest mortality rate of all gynecologic cancers. Ovarian cancer has no early detection test. The debate and ensuing open forum public discussions will include the specifics of disease-related issues including genetics, access to care and communications. Carolyn Benivegna is a nine year ovarian cancer survivor, a BRCA1 carrier and Founder/Board Member of OCAG-GC. Sandi Pniauskas is an eight ovarian cancer survivor with a genetic predisposition to Lynch Syndrome/Hereditary NonPolyposis Colorectal Cancer and a member of the Cochrane Collaboration. Carolyn and Sandi are energetic, knowledgeable ovarian cancer advocates and activists since the beginning of their journeys.
Ovarian cancer survivors Annamarie DeCarlo and Dr. Yi Pan will co-moderate both events. Bridget Capo (R.N.) and Pamela J. West (R.N.) will provide support and collaborate with Benivegna and Pniauskas in formal publication of the event proceedings.