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

    Twitter
  • 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

    Twitter
  • 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

    Twitter
  • 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

    Twitter
  • Matthew Zachary

    Founder and CEO, Stupid Cancer; Cancer Survivor

Wednesday, November 14

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08:00 AM EDT

Guest Arrival and Networking Breakfast

09:00 AM EDT

Welcome

Margaret Low, President, AtlanticLIVE

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09:05 AM EDT

The War on Cancer: Where Are We Now?

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Speakers

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    Ross Andersen

    Deputy Editor, The Atlantic

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    Michael Caligiuri

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

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    Nancy Davidson

    President and Executive Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

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    David Tuveson

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

09:30 AM EDT

Judy’s Story

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Speakers

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    Judy Perkins

    Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

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    Lynn Sherr

    Cancer Survivor; Author and Journalist

09:45 AM EDT

Extending Care Beyond Treatment**

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.

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Speakers

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    Giovanni Caforio*

    Chairman and CEO, Bristol-Myers Squibb

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    Matthew Herper*

    Senior Editor, Forbes

  • *Underwriter session not produced by The Atlantic's editorial team
09:55 AM EDT

The Next Frontier of Immunotherapy

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Speakers

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    Nina Bhardwaj

    Director of Immunotherapy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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    Brian Czerniecki

    Chair, Department of Breast Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center

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    Charles Graeber

    Author, The Breakthrough

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    Jedd Wolchok

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

10:20 AM EDT

Living with Cancer

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Speakers

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    Ruth Browne

    President and CEO, Ronald McDonald House New York

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    Brenda Nevidjon

    CEO, Oncology Nursing Society

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    Chaitenya Razdan

    Co-Founder and CEO, Care+Ware

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    Michael Smith

    Chief Medical Director, WebMD

10:40 AM EDT

Translating Research to Cures

Watch Session

Speakers

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    Louis DeGennaro

    President and CEO, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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    Olga Khazan

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

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    Melvin Mann

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

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    Patrice Mann

    Resident Physician, Cambridge Health Alliance; Daughter of Melvin Mann

11:00 AM EDT

Innovative Approaches in Accelerating Progress Against Cancer**

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Speakers

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    Neil Canavan*

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

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    Elizabeth Jaffee*

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

  • *Underwriter session not produced by The Atlantic's editorial team
11:10 AM EDT

Personalizing Cancer Care

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Speakers

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    Julie Fleshman

    President and CEO, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

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    Vincent Miller

    Chief Medical Officer, Foundation Medicine

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    Michael Smith

    Chief Medical Director, WebMD

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    Nikhil Wagle

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

11:35 AM EDT

Mining Big Data

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Speakers

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    James Hamblin

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

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    Eric Lefkofsky

    Founder and CEO, Tempus

11:45 AM EDT

Morning Plenary Concludes

12:00 PM EDT

Food for Thought – Navigating Life After Cancer**

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Speakers

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    Charles Coltman*

    CEO, CancerLife

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    Patricia Goldsmith*

    CEO, CancerCare

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    Tom Lynch*

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

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    Tara Sanft*

    Medical Director, Adult Survivorship, Yale Cancer Center Survivorship Clinic

  • *Underwriter session not produced by The Atlantic's editorial team
12:00 PM EDT

Food for Thought – Communications, Pop Culture & Cancer**

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.
Andrea Fassacesia, Head of Consumer Media, Amgen

Speakers

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    Graham Hawkey-Smith*

    CEO, Feref

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    Ann Merchant*

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

  • speaker portrait
    Lisa C. Richardson*

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

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    Mike Van Linda*

    Creative Director, RPA Advertising

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    Matthew Zachary

    Founder and CEO, Stupid Cancer; Cancer Survivor

  • *Underwriter session not produced by The Atlantic's editorial team
12:00 PM EDT

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

Speakers

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    Charles Graeber

    Author, The Breakthrough

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    Ed Yong

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

12:00 PM EDT

Food for Thought – Be Your Own Health Advocate

Speakers

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    Steve Alperin

    Co-Founder and CEO, SurvivorNet

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    James Hamblin

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

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    Stefanie Joho

    Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

  • speaker portrait
    Judy Perkins

    Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

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    Karen Peterson

    Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

01:00 PM EDT

Welcome Back

Watch Session

Speakers

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    Steve Alperin

    Co-Founder and CEO, SurvivorNet

01:05 PM EDT

Mapping Cancer Disparities

Watch Session

Speakers

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    Caroline Chen

    Reporter, ProPublica

  • speaker portrait
    Nancy Goodman

    Executive Director, Kids v Cancer

  • speaker portrait
    Olga Khazan

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

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    Brian Rivers

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

01:30 PM EDT

The Microbiome Connection

Watch Session

Speakers

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    Carolyn Edelstein

    Co-Founder and Executive Director, OpenBiome

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    Jennifer Wargo

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

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    Ed Yong

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

01:50 PM EDT

The New Era of Cancer Care: Tackling Challenges in Oncology through Personalized Medicine**

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Speakers

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    Steve Benner*

    Senior Vice President and Global Therapeutic Area Head, Oncology Development, Astellas

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    Lori Reilly*

    Executive Vice President, Policy, Research and Membership, PhRMA

  • *Underwriter session not produced by The Atlantic's editorial team
02:00 PM EDT

The Role of Medical Marijuana

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Speakers

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    Chinazo Cunningham

    Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Health System

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    Andrea Drummer

    CEO, Co-Founder and Chef, Elevation VIP Cooperative

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    James Hamblin

    Staff Writer, The Atlantic

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    Yasmin Hurd

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

02:25 PM EDT

What Should Cancer Activists Fight For?

Watch Session

Speakers

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    Steve Clemons

    Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

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    Ericka Hart

    Sexuality Educator, Breast Cancer Survivor and Activist

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    Matthew Zachary

    Founder and CEO, Stupid Cancer; Cancer Survivor

02:45 PM EDT

Putting Patients at the Center of Cancer Care**

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Speakers

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    Sage Bolte*

    Chief Philanthropy Officer and President, Inova Health Foundation

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    Dwight Fincher*

    Design Principal, Wilmot Sanz

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    Jennie Mcgihon*

    Executive Director of Development, Inova; Cancer Survivor

  • *Underwriter session not produced by The Atlantic's editorial team
02:55 PM EDT

Finding Meaning in Mortality

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Speakers

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    Ross Andersen

    Deputy Editor, The Atlantic

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    John Duberstein

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

03:10 PM EDT

Standing Up to Cancer

Lewis Cantley, Director, Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, NewYork-Presbyterian

Watch Session

Speakers

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    Steve Clemons

    Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

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    Katie Couric

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

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    Lisa Paulsen

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

03:35 PM EDT

Closing Thoughts

Margaret Low, The Atlantic

03:40 PM EDT

Rising Voices Choir, Memorial Sloan Kettering

03:45 PM EDT

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