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'Emperor of All Maladies' author headlines Cancer Survivorship Conference Sept. 27-28

Network - Summer 2013

Cancer researcher and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., is fascinated with the human struggle to understand and control cancer.

His 2010 book, “The Emperor of All Maladies,” traces the people, politics and circumstances that have marked improvements in cancer treatment and research since the early part of the last century.

Also a tale of Mukherjee’s “coming of age” as an oncologist, “The Emperor of All Maladies” won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction in 2011 and was named to Oprah’s Top 10 Books of 2010.

Mukherjee will headline the 25th annual Anderson Network Cancer Survivorship Conference Sept. 27-28 at the Omni Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway, in Houston.

The conference is open to all who want to learn more about the issues cancer survivors face, meet and share with other survivors, take wellness classes and have fun.

Thanks to MD Anderson, sponsors and individual donors, the cost of the conference is just $60 for early registrants, which includes all meals, activities and self-parking.

Registration is available online until Sept. 16. After that, participants pay $70 at the door on the day of the conference.

The conference includes nearly two dozen informative breakout sessions:

  • Treatment-related cognitive issues
  • Bone health in cancer survivors 
  • Fertility in young adult survivors
  • Fatigue and sleep disorders related to treatment
  • Updates in neuropathy treatment

The popular medical panel will present an overview of current research and answer questions from the audience. It includes Ronald DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson; Jeffrey Gershenwald, M.D., professor in Surgical Oncology; and Michael Keating, M.D., professor in Leukemia.

Other keynote speakers are Oliver Bogler, Ph.D., and Irene Newsham, Ph.D., married MD Anderson researchers and breast cancer survivors. Bogler is senior vice president for Academic Affairs and professor in Neurosurgery, and Newsham is associate director of research planning and development in Genitourinary Medical Oncology.

Austin-based singer and brain cancer survivor Christine Butterfield will entertain at the banquet on Sept. 27.

The Anderson Network, an organization with support and educational services for patients/survivors, their families and caregivers, is a program of Volunteer Services.

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