calendar for December: San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

Not surprisingly, the calendar for breast cancer events in December is sparse. But, what it lacks in numbers December makes up with force as the annual meeting of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) always takes place in December. Established in 1977 the SABCS is one of the key meetings on breast cancer for oncologists, researchers and health care professionals. The 33rd annual conference this year runs Tuesday through Saturday, 12/6–10/2011 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. As its mission statement indicates, it targets physicians and researchers, and its faculty are renowned members of the international oncology community.

The SABCS includes a program for patient advocates to attend on behalf of patient advocacy, education and survivor support organizations. If you have attended the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s (NBCC) training for advocates, you qualify to register for the SABCS. In addition, the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation in San Antonio, an NBCC member, provides some financial assistance to qualifying applicants. Early registration (before October 31) for patient advocates is $90; otherwise, it is $100. Applications for financial assistance go directly to the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation. If you are thinking about attending next year, mark your calendar now for October 2012 to register and apply for financial assistance in time. I will be reminding readers next year when it is time to get busy to attend.

If you think you might be interested in learning more about the science of breast cancer, you might consider attending the NBCC’s Project LEAD workshop. It is a training program for advocates, and it is a jump start toward learning more about this disease and being able to understand the literature and the clinical trials. I attended Project LEAD in November, and I found it most exhilarating and expansive. I hope to attend future educational events by the NBCC so I can continue to learn and to be able to put that learning to use here and in advocating for the metastatic breast cancer community.

In any event, stay tuned as reports from the SABCS will be forthcoming.

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