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Friday, April 29, 2016

AACR Annual Meeting 2016: Survivors Bring Broader Perspective

Cancer Today

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2016 wrapped up in New Orleans April 20 with a crescendo as Vice President Joe Biden addressed thousands of cancer researchers, asking the scientists to collaborate and break down walls in research.

In the days leading up to the vice president’s address, less prominent supporters of cancer research—34 cancer survivors and advocates participating in the AACR Scientist↔Survivor Program (SSP)—took part in panel discussions, attended scientific sessions and presented posters describing their advocacy efforts during the Annual Meeting, held April 16-20.

Cancer survivors offered personal accounts of their struggles and perspectives—amid a backdrop of highly sophisticated scientific discussions of topics such as companion diagnostic assays, immunotherapy drugs and genetic testing.....
.... The AACR Annual Meeting also included policy symposia, including a packed-room discussion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called “Obamacare,” and a panel discussion on how to get the latest cancer treatments to patients more quickly. During the session on the ACA, ovarian cancer survivor and patient advocate Mary Jackson Scroggins talked about perceptions and misconceptions of the ACA...... 


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