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Meet the Experts Brings Together Chicago Medical Community and Pediatric Brain Tumor Families to Learn and Network

04/06/17

Major advances in precision medicine, immunotherapy and clinical data-sharing have helped transform cancer care in the United States. According to the 2017 State of Cancer Care in America report, the American Society of Clinical Oncology predicts the number of cancer survivors will grow from 15.5 million to 20.3 million by 2026.

To help answer families' questions about childhood brain tumor treatments and the challenges that may follow, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation's Meet the Experts program brings together medical experts and parent experts across the country.

This unique educational and networking experience is for families of children and teens diagnosed with a brain tumor. Our 2017 program launches with Meet the Experts - Chicago on Sunday, May 21.

The Chicago Meet the Experts takes place at the Gilda's Club Chicago from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Experts from the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago will discuss "Exploring the Future of Treatment" and "Transition from Completion of Treatment to Follow-up Care."

A panel of veteran parents will also share from their journeys and experiences. Families are encouraged to ask questions and share their stories. A networking brunch and supervised activities for children and teens will be provided.

"There's tremendous benefit in the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation partnering with experts in an informal setting to provide information to families on the treatment of childhood brain tumors," says Kathy Riley, the PBTF's National Director of Family Support. "There's equal benefit in providing opportunities for families to meet others on a similar path and learn they are not alone in their struggle. Meet the Experts programs provide both kinds of learning opportunities."

Registration is required, and family members ages 6 and up are welcome. Register online for Meet the Experts - Chicago or call Shelley Pressley at 800-253-6530, x306.

Additional Meet the Experts will be held throughout 2017 in Northern California, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Learn more about each event at curethekids.org/meet-the-experts.