FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF), a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for stomach cancer, is proud to host its fourth annual "Stomach Cancer Education Symposium & Webinar." The live event and webinar will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m ET.
Stomach cancer patients and their families will have the unique opportunity to hear from eight world-renowned leaders in the field of stomach cancer, all in one location. The symposium will feature lectures and presentations about various topics including non-surgical treatment options, novel surgical options, radiation oncology, side effect management, clinical trials, genomics and more.
Presenters from across the country include Jaffer Ajani, MD, Professor of Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center; Jordan Berlin, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Jeffrey A. Norton, MD, Professor and Chairman of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center; Kathleen Wesa, MD, Physician Scientist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Adam Bass, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cellular and Molecular Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; David Ilson, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Edith Mitchell, MD, FACP, Medical Oncologist and Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center; and Arthur Blackstock, Jr., MD, Chair and Professor of Radiation Oncology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The event is being co-chaired by Libia Scheller, PhD and Peter Sprague, PT, DPT, OCS.
"When I was diagnosed, it was so difficult to find good, current information about stomach cancer. It's a complex disease, so we educate physicians, patients, their families, and caregivers about the disease," said Debbie Zelman, President and Founder of Debbie's Dream Foundation. "We're thankful to have such a distinguished group of experts together to participate in this incredibly successful program and terrific volunteers who put together this free unparalleled event."
All patients, families, caregivers, the general public, and health care professionals are invited to attend the symposium for free. Pre-registration is required to attend in person or via webcast. To register online, visit www.DebbiesDream.org/portal/Symposium or call (954) 475-1200.
Stomach cancer is the fourth most common cancer worldwide and the second leading cancer killer. Approximately 21,000 people are diagnosed with stomach cancer in the United States every year and 10,000 will die within the same year.
Debbie Zelman founded the organization in 2009 after being diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. Debbie's Dream Foundation seeks as its ultimate goal to bring attention and action to this important cause. The organization encourages people to spread the word about early detection and screening because if someone is diagnosed at an early stage, the chances of being cured increase dramatically.
Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) was founded by Debbie Zelman in 2009 after she was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer in 2008. DDF is the leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. Debbie's Dream Foundation seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
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