Highlights of International Carcinoid & Neuroendocrine Tumor Conference in Vancouver, Canada

Carcinoid cancer and neuroendocrine tumor specialists from around the world, fascinating lectures on all aspects of these rare diseases, the opportunity to meet fellow carcinoid/NET patients and caregivers from near and far – these are all features of what makes a great carcinoid/NET conference.  The Carcinoid NeuroEndocrine International Conference and Symposium for Medical Professionals and Patients, Neuroendocrine Cancers: Networks of Expertise, to be held from Thursday, May 13 through Sunday, May 16, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, also has some unique highlights.

Celtic harpist Evelyn Loewen

The Conference Welcome Reception on Thursday, May 13 from 7 to 10 pm will feature Evelyn Loewen, a Vancouver musician who plays the Celtic harp. Ms. Loewen has made a number of CDs which will be available for purchase at the conference.  There will also be a Silent Auction beginning at 6 pm on Thursday that continues in the Denman Ballroom on Friday and Saturday, ending at the afternoon break on Saturday.

On Friday evening after the lectures, a pianist will play jazz on the grand piano outside the Denman Ballroom for an hour or so.  After dinner on Friday evening, and following the special lecture in Memory of Barry Jackowich, celebrated Vancouver composer and singer Julie Blue will perform. Ms. Blue’s voice has been described “as sultry as Sade’s and as dreamy as Dido’s,” she “unites the world of jazz, blues, pop, and soul with tasteful and deliciously inviting compositions.” (www.julieblue.com) Ms. Blue will give a session on music therapy on Saturday for all interested conference goers.

Singer Julie Blue

Inspire Health, a premier Canadian integrative cancer care center (check them out at http://www.inspirehealth.ca/) will offer sessions on relaxation, yoga, breathing and other complementary therapies on Thursday afternoon and at various times throughout the conference.

Inspire Health’s Cancer Care Guide


Neuroendocrine nurse practitioner Shirleen Chase and clinical nurse specialist Riselda Granberg will be available to answer questions in private or small sessions throughout much of the conference as the talks are going on.  Riselda Granberg is the wife of carcinoid expert Dr. Dan Granberg, who specializes in lung carcinoid at Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden.  Shirleen Chase works with Dr. Eric Liu at the Vanderbilt Endocrine Surgery Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is an Assistant Professor of Surgery.  Dr.  Liu is a surgeon with a strong interest in NET cancers who is setting up a NET clinic at Vanderbilt.  Both Drs. Granberg and Liu will be speakers at the conference.

A limited number of spots are still available for the conference.  Registration for the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites needs to be completed by April 13 to ensure reservations to the CNETS Canada block will be held at $139.00 CDN. For reservations at Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 1P6, call 604-688-7711


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