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Metastatic Patients Plan Second Conference
The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) Second Annual National Conference will be held at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on November 17 and 18.
The conference is still being planned, but organizers hope to cover topics including changes in how the disease is viewed and research into drugs that prolong life. They are also planning to have panels of representatives from pharmaceutical companies and doctors from M.D. Anderson discuss the latest treatment advances, says Nina Schulman, cofounder of the MBCN.
Last year’s conference, held in New York City, was so successful that the MBCN planned another, Schulman says. It is free and open to patients, medical professionals, friends and family. Registration will start in September at the MBCN Web site, www.mbcnetwork.org.
The MBCN has also declared October 13 metastatic breast cancer awareness day in New York City, and is trying to do the same across the country. The Young Survival Coalition will cohost a regional conference at the New York University cancer center on that day.
“During breast cancer awareness month, mostly you hear about people who have had treatment and feel that they’ve beat it and are marching on,” Schulman says. “We want to focus on women living every day and struggling every day with the disease.”