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AACR annual meeting showcases developments in understanding and targeting cancers
Date:4/8/2008

the latest advances from the laboratory and their translational potential to the clinic. Special sessions will also feature phase I and phase II studies of novel therapeutic agents in early stage clinical trials, as well as late-breaking phase III clinical trial data.

"We are in an exciting phase of cancer research. Collectively, we have built upon years of scientific advances and have accelerated the process of moving cancer research from basic to translational to clinical science, and back," said Eileen P. White, Ph.D., chairperson of the 2008 Program Committee and associate director for basic science at Rutgers University. "With advanced diagnostic technologies and new drugs and therapies we are saving more lives, extending the lives of cancer patients, and improving their quality of life."

To better communicate important science to the public, the AACR has selected nearly 50 abstracts for presentation by their authors in nine press briefings, each highlighting a critical or emerging area of cancer research. Featured press briefing topics include:

  • How personalized medicine is changing the cancer treatment landscape
  • New cancer drugs from early safety and efficacy studies to late-breaking phase III clinical trials
  • How diet and lifestyle choices may affect one's risk of cancer
  • The science of cancer health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities.

Additional briefings will focus on the latest research in cancer prevention, prognosis, diagnosis, immunotherapy and late-breaking clinical trials.

With the aim of inspiring the next generation of young cancer researchers, the AACR has invited nearly 300 local high school students from ten high schools to participate in "The Conquest of Cancer and the Next Generation," a day-long program on the floor of the AACR meeting that will feature educational lectures, a tour of poster displays and exhibits, and a networking reception. Many of these high
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Contact: Staci Vernick Goldberg
Staci.goldberg@aacr.org
267-646-0616
American Association for Cancer Research
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