'I Survived Kidney Cancer' Debuts At ASCO Meeting in Chicago

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More than a dozen long-term kidney cancer survivors share their stories in a new book

These are stories of hope, faith, and the best medical practices, that offer a message of encouragement to anyone who is dealing with kidney cancer.

The world's largest kidney cancer charity, Chicago-based Kidney Cancer Association (KCA), will distribute its newest publication for patients and their families, June 2, 2012, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. Tentatively titled 'Survivor Stories,' the book offers hope and inspiration to those newly-diagnosed with renal cancers, through a series of interviews with people who have lived for many years with the disease.

KCA president Bill Bro, a 22-year survivor of non-metastatic kidney cancer, credits his friend, Mike Lawing, with spearheading the project. "Mike, his wife, and I were having dinner following a medical meeting in Florida last year, when he mentioned writing a book about his life with cancer. It wasn't long before he decided we should include others in this project, so the book would be enhanced by inclusion of the varied experiences of the people Mike had encountered while working as a volunteer."

The as yet untitled book will be distributed by Amazon.com and will also be available for public inspection at KCA's ASCO booth at Chicago's McCormick Place in early June. Plans also call for distribution of the publication as a Kindle book, later in 2012.

"Mike gathered with a group of survivors last fall at our annual US meeting for medical professionals and we conducted a series of interviews with the people who are featured in the book," Bro said.

KCA is planning to produce a movie that features these individuals, each with a unique perspective on what it means to be a long-term cancer survivor. Despite incredible odds, Bro says, these people found a way to enjoy the best possible quality of life while living with cancer.

He added, "These stories of hope, faith, and the best medical practices, offer a message of encouragement to anyone who is dealing with kidney cancer, including caregivers and family members."

According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly 65,000 Americans will be diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2012. More than 15,000 will die.

KCA was founded in 1990 by a small group of patients, including Eugene P. Schonfeld, Ph.D., and medical doctors in Chicago, Illinois. It is a nonprofit charity incorporated in the State of Illinois. It has also been designated as a tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service code. Donations to the Association are tax deductible. Today, the organization helps people in more than 100 nations.

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