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June 23, 2005

- Invitation to Cover -

Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center Partners with
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Free Conference for and by Blood Cancer
Patients, Families & Friends


The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have joined together to present this unique, day-long conference to…

…educate 350 participants about the latest research advances, clinical treatments and practices, symptom management, and psychosocial issues in the field of hematological malignancies;

… advance the education of professionals in the field of hematology-oncology and improve the overall quality-of-life of blood cancer patients, survivors. and their families;

… identify, apply and explain the latest research developments, treatment advances, clinical practices, psychosocial issues, and applications in symptom management in working with patient with blood cancers; and

… identify credible sources and avenues of access to information, guidance and resources pertaining to blood cancer patients, families, and health care professionals.

WHEN: Friday, June 24, 2004
9 am to 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hilton Hotel
4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia

The agenda includes:

9 am Opening remarks by Dr. Edward Stadtmauer, Conference Chair and Director of the Abramson Cancer Center’s Bone Marrow & Stem Cell Transplant Program.
9:10-10:10 am General Session: Update on the Latest Advancements in Blood Cancers Treatment and Research- Presentations and Panel Discussion
10:25 am-12 pm Concurrent Sessions: Acute Leukemias; Chronic Leukemias & Myleoproliferative Disorders; Multiple Myeloma, Walderston’s Macroglabulinemia, Amylodiosis; Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
12-1 pm Lunch and Visit Exhibits
1-2 pm Concurrent Sessions: Restoring Vitality- Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Blood Cancers; Searching the Internet for the Best Information on Blood Cancers; Strategies for Educating the Elderly and their Caregivers; Medicine Reform and Health Insurance- The Impact of the Blood Cancers Community; Moving Forward- Coping with the Emotional Aspects of Surviving Cancer
2:10-3 pm General Session: Experts Panel on Managing Symptoms Associated with Blood Cancers
3-3:30 pm Raffle & Closing
4:45 pm Speakers will be available for interviews

Editor’s Note: Please contact Olivia Fermano at (215) 349-5653 or olivia.fermano@uphs.upenn.edu if you plan to attend.

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The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1973 as a center of excellence in cancer research, patient care, education and outreach. Today, the Abramson Cancer Center ranks as one of the nation’s best in cancer care, according to US News and World Report, and is one of the top five in National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding. It is one of only 39 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Home to one of the largest clinical and research programs in the world, the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania has 275 active cancer researchers and 250 Penn physicians involved in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. More information about the Abramson Cancer Center is available at: www.pennhealth.com/cancer

PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #4 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

Penn Health System is comprised of: its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Presbyterian Medical Center; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home health care and hospice.

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