The Search for Answers:
Fighting Rare Cancers

June 2, 2016

The Atlantic convened top minds in oncology, alongside people who have received a diagnosis and those advocating for them, to discuss the unique battle those with rare cancers face.

We examined how new strategies in the fight against rare cancer can revolutionize the treatment paradigm; how rare cancer communities are mobilizing at the grassroots level; and how the White House's recently announced moonshot initiative will impact cancer research.

We also looked at patient support networks, access and affordability and the role of the community oncologist — to ultimately determine how the cancer treatment community can come together to better address the underserved needs of people impacted by rare cancers.

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Note: All times are CT

  • Thursday, June 02
  • 2:00 p.m.Guest Arrival and Networking Reception-
  • 2:40 p.m.WelcomeMargaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE
  • 2:45 p.m.What’s Next in Rare Cancer Research?Dr. Levi Garraway, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 3:25 p.m.Kelly's StoryKelly Leach, Rare Cancer Survivor, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Cycle for Survival
    Dr. William Tap, Chief, Sarcoma Medical Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    With Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 3:50 p.m.The Rare Cancer ConundrumDr. Len Lichtenfeld, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society
    Dr. Richard Schilsky, Chief Medical Officer, American Society of Clinical Oncology
    Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO, Cancer Support Community
    With Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic
  • 4:20 p.m.The Promise of ImmunotherapyDr. Jedd Wolchok, Chief, Melanoma and Immunotherapeutic Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    With Alex Wagner, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • 4:45 p.m.Closing ThoughtsMargaret Low Smith, AtlanticLIVE
  • 4:50 p.m.Program Conclusion & Cocktail Reception BeginsDebut of “Rare Cancer Illuminated: A View from Within,” a photography exhibit curated by Baxalta


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