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Upcoming Summit Series: Fighting a Smarter War on Colorectal Cancer

Posted on July 7, 2014

You Asked. We Listened.

Interest in our National Conference grows every year and in order to meet the needs of our engaged community, we’re approaching it a bit differently this year. We heard your feedback from previous years asking for specific, targeted sessions that best meet your individual needs. That’s why this year, in partnership with our friends at the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation, we will be hosting two smaller summits. These a la carte events will meet the needs of patients across the colon cancer spectrum, from newly diagnosed to long term survivors. We’re looking forward to these smaller, focused summits because alongside our expert speakers and partners, we will be gathering information and research so we can continue moving the dial forward in the area of colon cancer.

Registration is Limited

Here’s how it will work. Fighting a Smarter War on ​Advanced Colorectal Cancer: the Next Frontier will be limited in size, so interested individuals will fill out an application and will be notified if they are selected. The other two summit opportunities will be open to all who are interested. However, only a select number of stipends will be awarded to attendees based on financial need to help defray travel expenses. 

In addition, for those who aren’t able to join us in person for Fighting a Smarter War on ​Advanced Colorectal Cancer: the Next Frontier, a pre-summit survey will be distributed this fall so we can gather as much information as possible about the unmet needs and challenges of stage IV and recurrent metastatic colon cancer patients and survivors. Our goal is to ensure that the summit is patient-centered and that your voice leads our call-to-action.

Here’s the scoop on the three summit options hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance and Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation:

1. December 4 – 5, 2014: Fighting a Smarter War on ​Advanced Colorectal Cancer: the Next Frontier

Location: Washington, D.C. @ Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center/Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers

This 1 1/2 day leadership dialogue is designed for stage IV and recurrent metastatic colon cancer survivors and will result in a research paper. The summit focus will be identifying the unmet needs and challenges of the mCRC long-term survivor community. The summit will shed light on the patient perspective and will address psycho-social, physical, financial, family and relationship concerns. Attendance will be limited in order to have meaningful dialogue among survivors and medical practitioners.

2. December 5 – 6, 2014: Fighting a Smarter War on Cancer

Location: Washington, D.C. @ Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center/Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Hosted in partnership with the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center/Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers, this 1 1/2 day summit is designed for those who are newly diagnosed or currently in treatment for colon cancer, and their caregivers. This patient symposium will focus on scientific advances, immunotherapy, clinical trials and emerging therapies. Meet other colon cancer and gastrointestinal cancer patients, survivors and caregivers and learn from international medical leaders. 


Be sure to check back with us this fall for applications, surveys and more information! If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to call our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help!

Special thanks to Genentech and Sanofi Oncology for providing leadership support for this patient summit. 

18 Responses to “Upcoming Summit Series: Fighting a Smarter War on Colorectal Cancer”

  1. Derek Clark says:

    Diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer at 32 years of age April 2014. I am definitely interested in attending. Please feel free to send me more information and updates concerning this event. Thank you!

  2. Marisa Perez says:

    Good morning!
    I’ve attended the National Colon Cancer Conference last year. I am wondering what you have to offer (or if you can pass on information)that focuses on the “Prevention” side?
    How to get our community more involved in urging our patients/community in screening.
    ANY information will be helpful.

    Thank you,


    • Becky Kerner says:

      Hi Marisa! We’re going to be relaunching our Screen This Too! ( campaign this fall. This might be a great way for you to get involved with sharing the screening message. Stay tuned – more information coming soon! And thanks so much for your interest.

  3. Ashley Conrad says:

    I wpuld like to get information on the seminar for current colon cancer patients and family members.

  4. Pamela Allen says:

    I would like information on what to expect and how to calm anxiety after receiving chemotherapy for Stage 3 colon cancer

    • Becky Kerner says:

      Hi Pamela, thanks for your comment! It might be helpful for you to call our free Helpline and chat with someone from our Patient Empowerment team. They offer great advice and perspective on how to best manage your cancer journey and treatment. The number is (877) 422-2030 and it is answered live M-F 9 am-8 pm ET. We hope to talk with you soon!

  5. Pamela Allen says:

    I’m sorry. I meant how to remain calm. Is their a seminar that focus on this

  6. Glenda says:

    Definitely interested–please tell me where to find application.
    BTW–my birthday is Dec 5!!

  7. KATHY Carrow says:

    It would be terrific if the sessions could be recorded for downloading, for those who can’t make it. Is that possible?
    Kathy Carrow
    Diagnosed stage 4 with mets to the brain, liver and abdomen at 42yrs old

  8. Tania Hall says:

    I am interested in attending the December seminars. Please sent an application and information.
    Thank you,
    Tania Hall

  9. Becky Kerner says:

    Thank you everyone for your comments and interest in the Summit! Please remember to check back in the fall for applications and additional information – we’ll be announcing updates on social media ( as well as the Colon Cancer Alliance website (

  10. Jeff Anderson says:

    How do I register for the December 4th and 5th summit for advanced colon cancer. This is perfect for me. Only 1 1/2 drive, I have been to Lombardi for consultations so I know the campus well and I will be a 9 year stage IV survivor by that point with 3 recurrences.

    • Becky Kerner says:

      Hi Jeff – registration will be live in the fall. Check back with us next month. So glad you’re interested!

  11. Nikol Hamilton says:

    I attended the conf in Miami last year as a late widow to a husband who died of stage iv in 2010. I am also an advance practice nurse interested in prevention and the research being done related to health/wellness/nutrition/angiogenesis/etc. I would like to participate in upcoming summits in the never too young realm.

    • Becky Kerner says:

      Hi Nikol – thanks so much for your interest in the Summits! I have passed your information along to Martha and Nancy from our Patient Support Department – they are who you would need to chat with about becoming involved. Look out for an email from one of them. And thanks again!

  12. Rick Gut says:

    I was diagnosed May 6, 2014 with Stage IV Colorectal Cancer that has spread to my Liver. At 47, my Wife and I feel the need to meet people that are or have experienced this chosen path in life.
    We live north of Denver and plan on attending the Fighting a Smarter War on Young Adult Colorectal Cancer Seminar in April 2015.

    Thank you,

    Rick Gut
    Diana, Austin, and Alexis

  13. Debbie Hemmes says:

    I am interested in attending the aforementioned summits. Please let me know how to register via return message when registration opens.

    thanks very much.

  14. I would be interested to attend a session related to Post-Chemo Side-Effects Treatments.

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