NYOH Brings Important Blood Cancer Conference to Region - Invites health care professionals, caregivers, patients, and survivors on May 16th event

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Nearly 40,000 people in New York State are living with or are in remission from non-Hodgkin lymphoma according to data from the New York State Cancer Registry.

Nearly 40,000 people in New York State are living with or are in remission from non-Hodgkin lymphoma according to data from the New York State Cancer Registry.

To help those dealing with blood cancers, New York Oncology Hematology will sponsor the second annual Spring to Life Conference on Hematologic Malignancies™. The event will be held at the Desmond Hotel, Albany, NY on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

This one-day CME-certified conference will bring together healthcare professionals and members of the community—including patients, survivors, family members and caregivers—to gain an up-to-date understanding of blood cancers, including state-of-the-art science behind treatment, clinical management, ongoing translational research, and emerging therapies.

“We launched this conference because blood cancers, also known as hematologic malignancies, affect everyone from children to the elderly,” explains Ira Zackon, MD, New York Oncology Hematology and Conference Chair and Moderator. “The success of our first conference last year proved there is a community need for more knowledge and understanding of these diseases. This year, we encourage more physicians and patients to join this important discussion and learning opportunity.”

This year’s program will focus on the aggressive B-cell lymphomas with a keynote on mantle cell lymphoma and include presentations from those touched by cancer; Edward Dick, LMSW; as well as experts from New York Oncology Hematology, PC (NYOH); Albany Medical College; and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The event is divided into two, half-day sessions:

  • Professional program (7:30AM‒1:00PM): The morning program focuses on mantle cell lymphoma and aggressive B-cell lympohomas and was designed to meet the educational needs of primary care practitioners, hematologists, oncologists, pediatricians, allied health professionals (including nurses, pharmacists, and social workers), and basic scientists.
  • Community session: (11:30AM‒4:15PM): The afternoon session is designed to benefit patients with cancer or who have survived cancer—as well as their families, companions, and caregivers—along with clinicians and clinical social workers. Patients and their loved ones will join healthcare experts, community oncologist/hematologists, and social workers to share stories and improve understanding in a supportive environment.

The symposium is hosted by New York Oncology Hematology, the region’s largest provider of community cancer care. Educational partners for this event include the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Conference attendees will enjoy complimentary breakfast, lunch, and snacks, as well as opportunities to view exhibitor displays.

There is no fee for this educational activity. For more information or to register, visit: http://www.spring2lifeheme.org.

About New York Oncology Hematology
New York Oncology Hematology (NYOH) is the region’s leading provider of community-based cancer care and services. With seven convenient locations, a team of 36 physicians, and more than 350 oncology professionals, NYOH has been delivering world class cancer care to the Capital Region and surrounding communities for more than 30 years. Through its affiliation with The US Oncology Network, one of the nation’s largest cancer treatment and research networks, NYOH offers the latest breakthroughs, treatments, and technologies – right here at home. For more information visit http://newyorkoncology.com/.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds life-saving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The Upstate NY/VT Chapter is located in Albany, NY.

Medical College of Wisconsin
Celebrating 120 Years: 1893-2013. In 2013, the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) marks the 120th anniversary of the institution’s founding. It is also the 100th anniversary of MCW’s long and formative years as the Marquette University School of Medicine. MCW began as the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons, founded on May 20, 1893. On January 14, 1913, the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Milwaukee Medical College merged to become the Marquette University School of Medicine.

In 1967, Marquette University, due to financial constraints, terminated its sponsorship of the medical school. Since then, the school has continued as a private, freestanding institution. The name was changed in 1970 to the Medical College of Wisconsin. From these roots, MCW has grown into a nationally recognized education, research, and clinical powerhouse. MCW has more than 15,000 living alumni.

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