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Fighting a smarter war against cancer

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center announces a three-part symposium, titled "Fighting a Smarter War Against Cancer: Linking Policy to the Patient," to be held Thursday, December 1 through Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 on the campuses of Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

The mission of the Ruesch Center is to refocus national efforts on this set of deadly diseases, aiming to fight a smarter war against cancer. Combining expertise in molecular medicine, translational research, and a patient-centered philosophy, the Ruesch Center strives to improve treatment outcomes through research, care and advocacy.

Ruesch Symposium 2011 will convene top thought leaders and health care practitioners from the U.S. and around the world to discuss cancer care in relation to public policy, value and personalized medicine.

Topics include: "Health Care Reform: Opportunity or Sacrifice?"; "Defining Value in Cancer Care;" and "Navigating Cancer Care: What Every Patient Should Know." Speakers from academia, governmental agencies, pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry will address issues involving the healthcare policy, law, medicine, and the regulatory process.

Spearkers include: Louis B. Jacques, M.D., Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; David J. Kerr, M.D., Rhodes Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics; Ira M. Klein, M.D., Aetna, Inc.; Gregory H. Reaman, M.D., U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Mona Sabharwal, B.Sc.Phm., Pharm.D., R.Ph., Pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review; Margaret Mahon, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., George Mason University; Thomas J. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.P., The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions; Paul J. Wallace, M.D., Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research, The Lewin Group; Jordan D. Berlin, M.D., Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Antonio Tito Fojo, M.D., Ph.D., National Cancer Institute; and Louis M. Weiner, M.D., Georgetown Lombardi.

The symposium is free and open to the public and attendees are invited to attend one, two or all three days.

For more information and to register, visit

Contact: Karen Mallet
Georgetown University Medical Center

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