Neuroblastoma Families, Medical Experts Gather in Houston to Share Information, Encouragement

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In search of hope and the promise of new, more effective treatments, families from all over Texas with children suffering from neuroblastoma will convene at the Hilton North Houston on October 17 to interface with medical experts at the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation's (CNCF) first Regional Conference, http://www.nbhope.org.

Our annual conferences, including this, our first regional conference, are a very important part of CNCF's mission

In search of hope and the promise of new, more effective treatments, families from all over Texas with children suffering from neuroblastoma will convene at the Hilton North Houston on October 17 to interface with medical experts at the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation's (CNCF) first Regional Conference, http://www.nbhope.org.

The CNCF educational event will run from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm and will feature presentations from the following medical experts:

  • Dr. Heidi Russell, Texas Children's Hospital
  • Dr. Peter Zage, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • Dr. Meghan Granger, Cooks Children's Hospital
  • Dr. Chrystal Louis, Texas Children's Hospital
  • Dr. Winston Huh, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (late effects)

"Our annual conferences, including this, our first regional conference, are a very important part of CNCF's mission," said Patricia Tallungan, founder and president of the foundation. "Parents and medical experts alike benefit greatly from the exchange of information and experiences these conferences provide. With additional corporate support, we hope to host additional regional educational programs in 2010."

The Houston CNCF Regional Conference will take place at the Hilton North Houston (formerly the Wyndham Greenspoint), 12400 Greenspoint Dr, Houston, TX 77060, 281-875-2222. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all conference attendees. Additionally, a block of rooms has been reserved for CNCF Conference attendees at a discounted rate.

About Neuroblastoma
Neuroblastoma is a solid tumor cancer that arises in immature nerve cells and strikes mainly infants and toddlers. It is the most common cancer affecting infants with an incidence rate almost double that of leukemia. Its cause is unknown. Nearly 70 percent of children diagnosed with neuroblastoma have advanced-stage disease. Less than 40 percent of children with advanced stage disease live five years

About Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation
The Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF) is a non-profit national health organization committed to finding a cure for neuroblastoma through research, education, awareness and advocacy. CNCF initiatives educate the public about a disease dramatically lacking in awareness and funding. It serves as an advocate for families by influencing relevant legislation, as well as a liaison between healthcare providers and families. To learn more, visit http://www.nbhope.org.

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