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2011 Cancer Summit to Focus on Personalized Medicine

Just as every individual’s fingerprint is unique, the genetic fingerprint and management of each case of cancer is also unique. Slight differences can determine how well a patient’s cancer might respond to a specific treatment. Physicians in Rhode Island and across the country are now utilizing the personalized medicine model to help in the fight against cancer. Personalized medicine allows physicians to customize the treatment plan an individual patient receives.

Healthcare providers, patients, survivors, and caregivers are invited to learn about the topic of Personalized Medicine at the 2011 Rhode Island Cancer Summit. The day-long Summit will be held on June 16. There is no charge to attend the Summit; however pre-registration by June 9 is required. To view the agenda or register, visit or call 222-7899.

“The fight against cancer is a team effort, and we need to learn about any new tool designed to assist us,” said Interim Director of Health Michael Fine, MD. ““While cancer prevention efforts like smoking cessation, good nutrition and increased physical activity are important, learning about current research is important too.”

Angiogenesis Foundation President and Medical Director William Li, MD will discuss the critical role that personalized medicine plays in the fight against cancer. Following the presentation, a panel of local experts will discuss the issue on an individual level.

“Nearly everyone has been effected by cancer,” said Linda Dziobek, Chairperson of The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island. “ Whether we are a provider, a patient or a caregiver, we want the best treatment option possible for the patient. The focus of this summit is to help all Rhode Islanders understand this treatment model and how it can benefit our friends and family members.”

Funding for this conference is from a cooperative agreement award from The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and is presented by The Partnership to Reduce Cancer in Rhode Island. The Partnership is a statewide coalition that has come together to provide input into the planning and implementation of programs and services around comprehensive cancer control.

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