Melanoma Research Foundation and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Host Educational Symposium and Reception for Melanoma Patients, Family Members and Healthcare Providers

Sep 28, 2007, 01:00 ET from Melanoma Research Foundation

    SEATTLE, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Every hour of every day, someone dies
 of melanoma in the United States, making this disease one of the fastest
 growing cancers in the U.S. and worldwide. Since 1975, the incidence rate
 of new melanomas has more than doubled-striking people of all ages, all
 races, all economic levels and both sexes. Currently, there are more new
 cases of melanoma than HIV/AIDS. The good news is that when melanoma is
 found early there is an excellent chance of recovery.
     Katie Bunker is vivid testimony to that fact. Three years ago, at the
 age of 13, Katie was diagnosed with node-positive melanoma. She had several
 lymph nodes removed and was treated for a year with interferon. Today Katie
 is a healthy 16-year-old, but she has her skin checked every 6 months and
 she is very aware that she will live with the risk of melanoma for the rest
 of her life-or until a cure is found.
     On Friday, November 2, 2007, Katie will co-chair the Northwest Melanoma
 Symposium: From Science to Survivorship, the first educational symposium
 for melanoma patients, family members and healthcare providers offered in
 the Northwest. Presented by the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) in
 partnership with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), the symposium
 will take place in the Pelton Auditorium of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer
 Research Center, on South Lake Union in Seattle. The MRF is a national
 nonprofit organization focused on melanoma research, education and
 advocacy. The SCCA is an alliance of the University of Washington Medical
 Center (UWMC) and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC).
     Coordinated and co-chaired by Dr. David Byrd, Professor of Surgery,
 UWMC, and Co-Director of the SCCA Melanoma Clinic, the symposium will
 feature Dr. John P. Fruehauf, Department of Medicine, UC Irvine, speaking
 on the Future Directions of Melanoma Research and Treatment. The Science
 part of the program will also include Dr. Byrd (When Lightning Strikes
 Twice: Dealing with Recurrence) and Dr. Zsolt Argenyi of the UWMC (Beyond
 the ABCD's: Melanoma Screening).
     The Survivorship part of the program will open with Dr. Karen Syrala of
 the FHCRC (Surviving and Thriving After Melanoma) and Fran Lewis PhD RN of
 the UWMC (When Mom or Dad Have Melanoma: Helping the Child Manage). It will
 continue with Andrea Leiserowitz, MPT (Rehabilitation Issues for Melanoma
 Survivors), Sarah Washburn, MS RD CD (Nutritional Health in Cancer
 Survivorship), both of the SCCA, and Dr. Dan Labriola ND (Natural Medicine,
 Melanoma and Survivorship) of the Northwest Natural Health Specialty Care
 Clinic. The final session of the day will be delivered by the Reverend
 Debra Jarvis, SCCA General Oncology Outpatient Chaplain and NPR
 correspondent (It's Not About the Hair-or the Sun).
     Registration starts at 7:30 am and presentations begin at 8:00 am.
 Lunch will be provided, and a reception will follow the conclusion of the
 program at 3:30. There is no charge for the symposium, but pre-registration
 is required.
     The Melanoma Research Foundation was founded in 1996 by Diana Ashby, a
 melanoma patient, who lost her battle to the disease one year later. Today
 the organization has become the leading advocate for melanoma research and
 education and is the primary underwriter for the Society of Melanoma
 Research, an international organization of melanoma scientists. In 2006,
 the MRF raised over $1.8 million dollars which is currently being used to
 fund 14 research grants, host scientific forums, raise community awareness
 and provide educational resources for patients, family members and health
 care providers around the country. The Northwest symposium is made possible
 with an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
     To register for the Northwest Melanoma Symposium, visit MRF's website
 at or call 1.800.673.1290.

SOURCE Melanoma Research Foundation