Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance Conference 2012

November 7-9, 2012, Atlanta, Georgia: USA  Critical Mass, The Young Adult Cancer Alliance. Annual Conference.  We were again blown away by the unique display of unity between leaders in young adult tumor/cancer advocacy organizations, scientists, and healthcare professionals to address the unique needs of young adult tumor and cancer patients!  The event started with a mixer in the hotel after everyone arrived to register for the event.  On Thursday, the conference was kicked off with a Keynote from NY Times blogger and Young Adult  Cancer Patient, Suleika Jaouad.  Insurance, fertility issues, current young adult cancer clinical research/psycho social/support services presentations, and on oncology programming issues were highlighted throughout the day.  The day ended with an informal social event at an off- site venue.  This is where relationships are created or solidified and the seeds for “real” interaction between organizations are planted.  
The following morning, the day was opened by Benjamin Rubenstein and highlighted by discussions addressing genomics, collaboration, and resources for patients.  We are excited to see how the relationships built from the conference will address the unmet needs of the young adult tumor/cancer patients.  mAss Kickers Foundation is proud to be a part of this unique collaboration!
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  • Being diagnosed with cancer is not that simple, but who said you have to draw yourself down. Why not surround yourself with people that has positive outlook, like this group called mass kicker. You are not the only person in this world that has been diagnosed with that disease, bladder cancer for instance. Now, there are alternative treatments for bladder cancer. Have faith and kick out those mass!

  • I too believe stronger community needs to be formed to more efficiently fight these diseases. When any member losses confidence in himself/herself, when diagnosed with cancer, they should be motivated and should let them live a normal life.