People v.  Cancer 2018

People v. Cancer 2018

What will it take for humankind to conquer cancer?

Cancer isn’t as lethal as it once was, and yet more than 600,000 Americans are estimated to die from it this year alone, making this complex set of diseases the second leading cause of death in the country. But hope is rising: big data, immuno-oncology and once-in-a-generation medical advances have led to dramatic breakthroughs. New insights into the disease have pushed boundaries, with patients receiving uniquely personalized care.

At People v. Cancer, The Atlantic harnessed the power of human stories to spotlight the latest advances in cancer research, treatment and care, and explore how the oncology community is investing its resources, energy and talent in the collective fight to conquer cancer. Together.

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  • Giovanni Caforio

    Chairman and CEO, Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Underwriter Session

  • Michael Caligiuri

    President and Physician-in-Chief, City of Hope National Medical Center

  • Neil Canavan

    Scientific Advisor, Solebury Trout; Author, A Cure Within: Scientists Unleashing the Immune System to Kill Cancer

    Underwriter Session

  • Caroline Chen

    Reporter, ProPublica

  • Steve Clemons

    Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

  • Charles Coltman

    CEO, CancerLife

    Underwriter Session

  • Katie Couric

    Award-Winning Journalist, Best-Selling Author and Co-Founder, Stand Up To Cancer

  • Chinazo Cunningham

    Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System

  • Brian Czerniecki

    Chair, Department of Breast Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center

  • Nancy Davidson

    President and Executive Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

  • Louis DeGennaro

    President and CEO, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Andrea Drummer

    CEO, Co-Founder and Chef, Elevation VIP Cooperative

  • John Duberstein

    Widower of the late Nina Riggs, Author of The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

  • Carolyn Edelstein

    Co-Founder and Executive Director, OpenBiome

  • Dwight Fincher

    Design Principal, Wilmot Sanz

    Underwriter Session

  • Julie Fleshman

    President and CEO, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

  • Patricia Goldsmith

    CEO, CancerCare

    Underwriter Session

  • Nancy Goodman

    Executive Director, Kids v Cancer

  • Charles Graeber

    Author, The Breakthrough

  • James Hamblin

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

  • Ericka Hart

    Sexuality Educator, Breast Cancer Survivor and Activist

  • Graham Hawkey-Smith

    CEO, Feref

    Underwriter Session

  • Matthew Herper

    Senior Editor, Forbes

    Underwriter Session

  • Yasmin Hurd

    Chair, Translational Neuroscience; Director, Addiction Institute, Mount Sinai

  • Elizabeth Jaffee

    President, American Association for Cancer Research; Deputy Director, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins

    Underwriter Session

  • Stefanie Joho

    Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

  • Olga Khazan

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

  • Eric Lefkofsky

    Founder and CEO, Tempus

  • Tom Lynch

    Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Underwriter Session

  • Melvin Mann

    Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate; Myeloma Link, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

  • Patrice Mann

    Resident Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance; Daughter of Melvin Mann

  • Jennie Mcgihon

    Executive Director of Development, Inova; Cancer Survivor

    Underwriter Session

  • Ann Merchant

    Deputy Executive Director for Communications, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    Underwriter Session

  • Vincent Miller

    Chief Medical Officer, Foundation Medicine

  • Brenda Nevidjon

    CEO, Oncology Nursing Society

  • Lisa Paulsen

    Co-Founder, Stand Up to Cancer and SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors

  • Judy Perkins

    Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

  • Karen Peterson

    Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

  • Chaitenya Razdan

    Co-Founder and CEO, Care+Ware

  • Lori Reilly

    Executive Vice President, Policy, Research and Membership, PhRMA

    Underwriter Session

  • Lisa C. Richardson

    Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Underwriter Session

  • Brian Rivers

    Professor and Director, Cancer Health Equity Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Tara Sanft

    Medical Director, Adult Survivorship, Yale Cancer Center Survivorship Clinic

    Underwriter Session

  • Lynn Sherr

    Cancer Survivor; Author and Journalist

  • Michael Smith

    Chief Medical Director, WebMD

  • David Tuveson

    Director, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center; Chief Scientist, Lustgarten Foundation

  • Mike Van Linda

    Creative Director, RPA Advertising

    Underwriter Session

  • Nikhil Wagle

    Associate Member, Broad Institute; Medical Oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Director, “Count Me In” Project

  • Jennifer Wargo

    Associate Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Principal Investigator, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy

  • Jedd Wolchok

    Chief, Melanoma and Immunotherapeutics Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Director, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at MSK

  • Ed Yong

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

  • Matthew Zachary

    Founder and CEO, Stupid Cancer; Cancer Survivor

Guest Arrival and Networking Breakfast

8:00 am EDT
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9:00 am EDT
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The War on Cancer: Where Are We Now?

9:05 am EDT
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Judy’s Story

9:30 am EDT
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Extending Care Beyond Treatment**

9:45 am EDT
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The Next Frontier of Immunotherapy

9:55 am EDT
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Living with Cancer

10:20 am EDT
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Translating Research to Cures

10:40 am EDT
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Innovative Approaches in Accelerating Progress Against Cancer**

11:00 am EDT
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Personalizing Cancer Care

11:10 am EDT
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Mining Big Data

11:35 am EDT
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Morning Plenary Concludes

11:45 am EDT
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Food for Thought – Book Talk: The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer

12:00 pm EDT
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Food for Thought – Be Your Own Health Advocate

12:00 pm EDT
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Food for Thought – Communications, Pop Culture & Cancer**

12:00 pm EDT
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Food for Thought – Navigating Life After Cancer**

12:00 pm EDT
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Welcome Back

1:00 pm EDT
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Mapping Cancer Disparities

1:05 pm EDT
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The Microbiome Connection

1:30 pm EDT
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The New Era of Cancer Care: Tackling Challenges in Oncology through Personalized Medicine**

1:50 pm EDT
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The Role of Medical Marijuana

2:00 pm EDT
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What Should Cancer Activists Fight For?

2:25 pm EDT
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Putting Patients at the Center of Cancer Care**

2:45 pm EDT
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Finding Meaning in Mortality

2:55 pm EDT
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Standing Up to Cancer

3:10 pm EDT
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Closing Thoughts

3:35 pm EDT
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Rising Voices Choir, Memorial Sloan Kettering

3:40 pm EDT
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3:45 pm EDT
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New York, NY

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

8:00 am EDT

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