New England Carcinoid Connection (NECC) Announces June 2012 Conference

Carcinoid and neuroendocrine cancer patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare professionals are invited to attend the New England Carcinoid Connection Conference on Friday, June 8, 2012 at The Lantana in Randolph, Massachusetts. The day-long conference will feature presentations by Matthew Kulke, MD; Matthew P. Schenker, MD; and Thomas E. Clancy, MD; morning and afternoon concurrent workshops on topics ranging from nutrition and caregivers to alternative therapies and financial planning; a continental breakfast; and lunch.  There is a per person registration fee of $25.00.

Dr. Matthew Kulke will be a guest speaker for the New England Carcinoid Connection ConferenceDr. Matthew Kulke will discuss Carcinoid and Other Neuroendocrine Tumors:  What’s New in Treatments and Clinical Trials. A carcinoid/NET cancer specialist, Dr. Kulke joined the staff of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 1997, where he heads the Carcinoid and Neuroendocrine Tumor program. He  is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.  He has received numerous awards for his clinical research and was recently named to the newly- formed Scientific Advisory Board of Niiki Pharma, Inc. where he will provide clinical and strategic guidance to the company for its two first-in-class clinical stage anti-cancer compounds, NKP-1339 and NKP-2235.  Dr. Kulke chairs the NCI NET Task Force and NCCN NET guidelines committees,and serves on the executive committee of the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS).  Dr. Kulke has chaired multiple global pivotal studies exploring new therapies for NET. In this video on NET Clinical Trials, Dr. Kulke is joined by carcinoid/NET specialist Dr. James Yao of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas, nurse practitioner Robin Sommers from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and carcinoid patient and support group leader Kari Brendtro.

Dr. Matthew Schenker will be a guest speaker for the New England Carcinoid Connection ConferenceDr. Matthew Schenker will talk about Interventional Radiology, Chemo, Bland and Radio Embolizations: Explanations for the Carcinoid Patient.  Dr. Schenker practices in the Division of Angiography and Interventional Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.  He is also an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Schenker holds certifications in Diagnostic Radiology and Vascular and Interventional Radiology and is graduate of the University of Pennsylvania  School of Medicine.  He completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology and fellowship in Interventional Radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Thomas Clancy will speak about Carcinoid Related Surgeries.  Dr. Clancy is the Associate Director of the Pancreatic Center, Division of Surgical Oncology, at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He is also the Medical Dr. Thomas Clancy will be a guest speaker for the New England Carcinoid Connection ConferenceDirector, Multispecialty Surgical Oncology for the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  Dr. Clancy is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard University School of Medicine.  A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Clancy did his residency (surgery) and fellowship (surgical oncology) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He holds a certification in Surgery.  Dr. Clancy’s clinical interests are surgical oncology, gastrointestinal surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, pancreatic surgery and general surgery.

Conference participants can choose from 4 concurrent workshops in the morning and 4 concurrent workshops in the afternoon.

Morning workshops:

  • Carcinoid and Carcinoid Syndrome:  Its Effects and Diagnosis, Robin Sommers, Gastrointestinal Cancer Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • The Importance of Nutrition to the Neuroendocrine Survivor, Stacy Kennedy, Nutritionist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • The Role of Spirituality in Coping, Larisa Waya, Chaplain for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Palliative Care for the Carcinoid Survivor, Speaker to be announced

Afternoon workshops:

  • Caregivers – Discussion lead by a 20-year carcinoid caregiver on duties, frustrations and help for yourself too, Dave Hawkins, New England Carcinoid Connection (NECC)
  • Alternative Therapies for the Carcinoid Patient, Speaker to be announced
  • The Role of Exercise in Fighting Cancer Related Fatigue Laury J. Hale, Fitness Unlimited Health Club in East Milton, Massachusetts
  • Financial Planning for Chronic Illness, Jennifer O’Rourke, CPA

A special discounted rate for conference guests will be available at the Comfort Inn in Randolph, Massachusetts.  Rooms will be available until May 8, 2012 at the rate of $99/night for Thursday night, June 7 only.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 781-961-1000, requesting the New England Carcinoid Connection discounted rate.  The hotel offers a complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, an outdoor swimming pool, and fitness center.  The Comfort Inn is in walking distance to The Lantana.Comfort Inn Hotel, Randolph, MA

To register for the conference, click here.   For further information, contact the New England Carcinoid Connection, click here

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