Carcinoid and neuroendocrine tumor patients and medical professionals are invited to attend the 2011 Halifax Conference, presented by the Canadian Neuroendocrine Tumour Society (CNETS). The conference will be held on Saturday, May 7 at the beautiful Prince George Hotel in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A special hotel rate of $159.00 (CDN) will be available until April 7. Guests are invited to attend the conference at no charge but registration is required.
“NET Cancers: Diagnosis, Treatment, and the Importance of the Multidisciplinary Team” is the theme of the day-long conference. Patients who are attending will gain an appreciation of the unique characteristics of these rare diseases as well as have the opportunity to meet others with NET cancer, gaining insights and understanding from different perspectives.
The program for the day will feature sessions on:
- An Overview of Neuroendocrine Tumors: Challenges and Misconceptions
- Challenges in the Diagnosis of Neuroendocrine Tumors: Perspectives from Pathology
- Hormonal Syndromes and Neuroendocrine Tumors
- Perspectives on the Development and Clinical Utility of Somatostatin Analogues
- An Overview of Radiologic Tools for the Diagnosis of Neuroendocrine Tumors
- Surgical Issues in the Management of Neuroendocrine Tumors
- Novel Radiopharmaceutical Approaches to the Treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumors: The Canadian Perspective
Guest speakers are physicians in the areas of medical oncology, surgery, nuclear medicine, radiology, endocrinology, and pathology. They are:
- Dr. Daniel Rayson, Medical Oncology, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Dr. Walter Kocha, Medical Oncologist, London Health Sciences Centre, Ontario
- Dr. Ozgur Mete, Consultant Endocrine pathologist, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
- Dr. S. Ali Imran, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Dr. Larry Kvols, Section Chief, Neuroendocrine Oncology Program, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida
- Dr. Steve Burrell, Clinical Director, SMIC, Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- Dr. Janice Pasieka, Surgical Oncologist, Chief, Division of General Surgery, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
- Dr. Eric Turcotte, Clinical Head of the Molecular Imaging Center in Sherbrooke
The conference will also include “A View from the Clinic” by Helen Searle, RN; question and answer periods; and a musical close featuring Fleur Mainville, Celtic fiddler and a carcinoid cancer patient. Ms. Mainville’s original tunes are now being used by HBO and by other fiddlers from all over. “Whole On It,” from the album My Rare One, is featured on the summer 2010 release of Atlantic Standards Kitchen Party Compilation CD, distributed by Warner Music. Enjoy Ms. Mainville’s beautiful music as she performs the song “My Rare One.”
Sponsors of the event are Novartis Oncology, Pfizer Oncology, Covidien, Inter Science Institute, and Jubilant DraxImage.
While attending the conference, guests have easy access to many of the great entertainment activities that Halifax has to offer as well as historic attractions and sightseeing. See a play at the Neptune Theatre, visit the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, wander the waterfront, take a valley wine tour, discover the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and much more.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fleur Mainville on January 21, 2015.