Our Conversations Webinar Series is an opportunity to link national experts in colorectal cancer and other related fields to you, right in the comfort of your own home. The programs are designed to empower you to play a leading role in your healthcare management.
Last month, we hosted a webinar for all of those who couldn’t make our 11th Annual National Conference. Watch the replay for a review of conference presentations on the latest advances in treatment and survivorship and also hear highlights from attendees.
Top 5 Takeaways
1. People attend the National Conference to interact and network with other colorectal cancer patients and survivors.
Our top conference goal is to give patients and survivors hope and encouragement by providing the latest survivorship information in an environment where they can socialize and network. Many attendees say being among other patients and survivors at our conferences is one of the biggest sources of inspiration they have. In the words of one of our attendees:
“Attending the Live Your Best Life Conference was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had since being diagnosed with colon cancer. I learned so much that I came home and re-read all my medical records; I recognized terms and things just made more sense. However, nothing compares to being in rooms full of people who can completely relate to your story, understand your language, recognize your fears and lift your spirit. Thank you Colon Cancer Alliance for providing me with this experience."
2. Attending the Colon Cancer Alliance's National Conference is a must for patients and survivors!
The National Conference series is one of our signature resources for our patient community. Every conference detail, from topics to meals, is designed with patients, survivors and their families in mind. We include input from the medical community, as well as patients and survivors, when selecting all conference presentation topics to give attendees the latest information in colorectal cancer treatment and survivorship. In 2015, there were featured 14 presentations from 16 national experts. Our goal is to provide hope to the newly diagnosed and comfort to long-term patients and survivors.
3. We are moving towards an age of personalized cancer treatment.
We saw a recurring theme at last year’s conference: my cancer is not your cancer. A better understanding of genetics gave us landscape changes in treatment, particularly Stage IV. If possible, patients need to find out their MSI and KRAS status as some treatments respond better than others.
4. Clinical trials are hugely important to innovation and changes in patient care.
As every new treatment must go through clinical trials, all major treatment progress depends on them. Lack of participation in clinical trials slows new drug development and raises costs. It is important to remember that clinical trials are always standard of care or standard of care plus a new treatment. Learn more about clinical trials on our website.
5. The National Conference is a great place to learn and network—all while having fun!