We received great feedback from the patients and sponsors who attended the 2014 Prostate Cancer Conference this past September.
We had the privilege of hearing “wow this is definitely the best conference yet” from some of the almost 800 attendees. The 2014 conference had a certain “X-factor.” People didn’t just come to hear from our lineup of world renown speakers, but also to collaborate with other men with prostate cancer, helping each other understand and apply the information they learned over the weekend. This spirit of collaboration and hope presided over the ballroom of the LAX Marriott that weekend.
A focusing theme at the conference was “patient empowerment.” The attendees interacted closely with experts and other patients through support groups, Q&A sessions, and educational breakfasts, in addition to the main sessions. This annual event embodies our belief that empowering the patient to partner with his medical professional is key to optimal care.
The 2014 conference program opened with an update on active surveillance from Dr. David Krasne, a pathologist from St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. Dr. Krasne discussed how imaging may be superior to using random needle biopsies for ongoing monitoring. Dr. Anthony Zietman, Associate Director of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School presented the latest information about radiation therapy for intermediate and high-risk disease. The much loved Dr. John Mulhall, from Memorial Sloan Kettering, discussed state-of-the-art science on preserving sexual function. Dr. Mark Scholz’s presentation was on relapsed prostate cancer. Dr. Mark Moyad moderated all the talks and gave a typically entertaining presentation on diet and supplements. During the Sunday breakout sessions patients and experts interacted with each other on a full spectrum of prostate cancer related topics.
If you weren’t able to attend the 2014 conference, you can catch all of the keynote speakers on the 2014 Conference DVDs. We thank everyone who was able to attend this year, and hope that if you missed this year’s conference, you will consider participating next year. PCRI hopes to foster a spirit of teamwork and cooperation that can make shared decision making between patients and doctors a reality