Just got back from the International Lung Cancer Conference in SF. While the fog hung over our heads every morning,eventually it did lift - just like the progress we are beginning to make with this disease. what incredible people- oncs from all over the world - this was by far the largest gathering of lung cancer specific professionals. I had the rare opportunity of speaking with the leaders of the field - those who are going to help us find the cure.
On the advocates side, I missed the meeting; was delayed because of a medical issue, I missed the bus - got extremely different feedback from those attending -for now let's just say it's not yet ready for primetime -- looking forward to the future - collaboration and consensus and being focused on the greater good.
The best and the brightest had time to talk to me and explain what they are doing. I feared not getting "out" - to be in SF and not walk one end of Powell to the other was not acceptable. I managed to see the Okeefe/Adams exhibit as well as the Chagall exhibit which I missed seeing in NYC.\
Had a glorious dinner with two special people at Gary Danko's. Highly recommended - no need for reservations if you sit at the bar. Also got to dance, dance, dance with folks you would not expect to be leaping out of their chairs - the guy from Ireland was great, as was the man from Tennessee (not Galilee)- didn't think the docs could move those hips.
New staging system for lung cancer - look forward to seeing surgeons with their cheat sheets trying to figure it all out.
More on the advocates side - we really need to reframe this issue - can't keep on talking about the stigma associated with lc - we keep on repeating ourselves.
More to come! Stay tuned