AACR's Scientist↔Survivor Program (SSP)
Since 1999, SSP has fostered partnerships between patient advocates and scientists. This is a unique and influential program. Scientists have been able to put a face to the work they are doing and patient advocates have found powerful allies in educating the public about the fight against cancer. The special tools the SSP offers should always take precedence in your schedule.
Working Group Session— This is an invaluable meeting at the beginning of the conference that will help you fine-tune your schedule and get advice from experienced attendees.
Special Interest Sessions— These meetings are focused on specialized topics of interest. The research is discussed in lay language and questions are encouraged.
Mentors— You will be assigned to a scientist and advocate mentor who will guide you through the complexities of the meeting. This is a great opportunity to get to know people who are committed to building a bridge between the science and survivors.
Advocates—There is great power in hearing other patient advocate stories and sharing your own. Don’t limit yourself to your “organ type”—breast, prostate, lung. Each of you shares similar struggles and triumphs. Try to attend each patient advocate poster session. This is your chance to find out about the purpose and mission of other advocacy organizations.
The SSP experience continues after you go home through the online tools found at SSP Connect. This forum lets you continue the conversation with other advocates. Anyone who has attended SSP is welcome to join this community.
Learn more about the AACR Scientist↔Survivor Program.
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