By: Heather C. Dahl, NPF Board Chairman
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Fifteen out of 15 journalists rated the Cancer Issues 2010 program as ‘Excellent’ (choices included Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor). These are some of their comments, taken from their program evaluations, and used here with permission:
I was glad I attended - I learned some new things, and it was fun to sit around a table and hear what my fellow fellows had to say. I enjoyed meeting them and the NPF staff. - Renee Twombly, Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Dr. Aziza Shad (Georgetown University Hospital, “Pediatric Palliative Care”) was especially helpful because she was so inspiring. I feel honored to have met someone as dedicated as she. … OK, so I know I'm effusive -- after all, I'm from Atlanta -- but this was a really great fellowship. I feel inspired and excited. Thanks for everything! - Lynne Anderson, Cure Magazine
Dr. John Marshall (Georgetown University Hospital, “Developing Drugs To Treat Cancer and Clinical Trials”) was a brilliant speaker, highly entertaining but made his points very strongly. He really put the whole issue of new and expensive cancer drugs -- which make the news regularly - into the context of cancer care -- where they fit in (or don't fit in, often - I think that was his main point for some of these targeted agents that increase survival by only a few weeks). … Overall, it was a very positive experience, I feel very enthused and inspired after attending. - Zosia Chustecka, Medscape Oncology (London)
Speakers who were especially helpful to me were the ones who sparked the most story ideas I felt would be great for my readers. They are: Carol Taylor, PhD. (GUH Center for Clinical Bioethics, “End of Life Issues in Cancer Care”) and Aziza Shad, MD, because of the issue of palliative care, one not widely discussed in consumer magazines and which I find to be extremely relevant and important. End-of-life care is something everyone will experience either for themselves or a loved one. It's an issue that gave me quite a few story ideas. - Kate Ferguson, Real Health Magazine
The most fascinating part of the sessions was how collectively, the speakers reveal that personalized medicine is where cancer research is heading, along with the possibilities toward individualized treatment. The notion of over-diagnosis and over-treatment was interesting. Story ideas, along with access to sources and resources are most helpful. - Sandra Jordan, The St. Louis American
Thank you for providing me with this opportunity to learn about new advances in cancer care that I can bring back to the people with whom I work. I enjoyed networking with others who write about cancer care and learning what they are doing. It was a reminder of the important work that journalists do in providing clear, accurate information about cancer to the general public. - Linda Klein, Klein Communications
Every speaker was fantastic, everyone held my complete interest and attention. I am so inspired by the NPF meeting that I am already trying to arrange some interviews and articles to keep raising awareness on the fight against cancer. - Natalie Taylor, Writer, Current Issues
Overall, this was one of the best fellowships I've attended. Speakers such as Minetta Liu (Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown, “Circulating Tumor Cells”) exposed me to science that is cutting edge, in an understandable fashion... Otis Brawley (American Cancer Society, “Current Issues In Cancer”) is an authoritative voice who gave us an aerial view of cancer care, from diagnosis to treatment. And Jeremy Moore (Science Communications, “Reporting on Scientific Journal Articles”) and Norma Kanarek, Ph.D. (JHMI, “Cancer and Minorities) provided much needed background information that will allow me to more easily and quickly decipher studies of all kinds. - Nesita Kwan, Anchor, Health Reporter, NBC5 Chicago
What I liked the best about Dr. Marshall is his bluntness, and willingness to "tell it like it is." He did not give us any scripted, politically correct answers. Instead, he provided us with the truth about cancer funding, and how unfair it is that deadly cancers are treated like "step cancers," without adequate attention from lawmakers. … Thank you for a wonderful program on Cancer Issues. I walked away more knowledgeable, aware and compassionate toward cancer patients, survivors and families. I came with a basic background in cancer research, but the depth of knowledge of the presenters, some of whom are on the front lines of cutting edge science that may someday save hundreds of lives, was inspiring and illuminating. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn about the number one killer of Americans--cancer. - Yvonne Lee, CR Magazine
My most sincere thanks to the staff of NPF and the speakers for sharing their time with me to explain the hugely broad topic of cancer. I would not have otherwise had such a wonderful opportunity to learn from top leaders in the field. Cancer Issues was hugely beneficial to my knowledge base on the subject and will hopefully allow me to share such knowledge with my readers. - Chris McDaniel, The Yuma Sun
I was so impressed with the entire Cancer Issues 2010 program. I met a wonderfully diverse group of journalists from around the country, each with a unique perspective on both cancer and journalism. It was a great opportunity to learn more about cutting edge cancer topics and how to share that information with the general public. Thank you NPF! - Angela Morrow, About.com
Overall I thought it was excellent and I am honored to have been chosen to be a part of it. You guys did a great job! - Suzanne Potter, Independent Journalist
Dr. Liu was very opened to questions and I learned something new (CTC). I also liked Dr. Aziza Shad, she was helpful in understanding cancer pediatric's issues. Suzanne Lindley (Cancer survivor and advocate, “Living with Cancer”) told a great human interest story. Dr. Marshall was great, very honest and knowledgeable. Jerremy Moore gave us good information and tips. … Thank you for the opportunity to attend the conference. I enjoyed learning about cancer issues and meeting very interesting people. - Yurina Rico, La Opinion
At NPF’s fourth, all-expenses-paid, educational program on cancer issues, experts spoke on the record, with plenty of time for Q&A. Speakers included: Dr. Minetta Liu of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center on the CTC chip; Dr. Carol Taylor from Georgetown University Medical Center on end-of-life issues; Nurith Celina Aizenman on how the new health-care law affects cancer care; Dr. Aziza Shad of Georgetown on palliative care for children with cancer; Jeremy Moore, one of the nation’s premier communicators about science, on reporting from scientific journals; and Dr. Claudine Isaacs, Director of the Lombardi Clinical Breast Cancer Program. The fellowship will include participation in a half-day HPV vaccine workshop at the National Cancer Institute. Other topics: cancer and minorities; environmental causes of cancer; micro RNAs; understanding drug development and clinical trials. Audio presentations, video, and Power Points from last year’s program are available here. This program is underwritten by Pfizer, Inc. Click here for funding info.
Fifteen fellowships were awarded to qualified print, broadcast and online journalists from the United States.
This program was underwritten by Pfizer Inc. Our guidelines for program sponsors are here.
Webcast of HPV sessions at NIH available here: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/p29759002/
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