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Virtual Patient Advocate Forums

AACR is committed to providing educational programming to patients with cancer and patient advocacy communities to support their collective mission to find cures for all cancers. AACR Patient Advocate Forums invite leaders from patient advocacy, academia, industry, and healthcare communities to discuss pressing topics and the latest discoveries in cancer research.  Forums are provided quarterly at no cost to attendees and open to the public. 

2021 Virtual Patient Advocate Forums

The Potential of Big Data and Machine Learning for Oncology

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 1 – 3:30 P.M. ET

Data science and machine learning promise to revolutionize cancer treatments. But the role of patients has yet to be clearly defined in this new world of large datasets and real-world evidence. This Patient Advocate Forum will explore how scientists are translating data into clinically relevant knowledge, discuss the role of patients in these efforts, and highlight the opportunities for using big data to advance cancer care.

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How Evolution Shapes Cancer

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 1 – 3:30 P.M. ET

Evolutionary theories are shaping how we understand the evolution of cancer and cancer metastasis.  Integrating evolutionary theory into cancer treatment is key to recognizing and controlling therapeutic resistance and developing proactive therapy regimens.  This Patient Advocate Forum will also explore ways that cancer evolution can impact and drive new approaches to develop new biomarkers and more effective therapeutic targets.

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Precision Oncology Advances in 2020 – Looking Ahead to 2021!

February 16, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic dominated headlines in 2020. The response by the research community was marked by unprecedented scientific collaboration and rapid research advances culminating in the authorization of two vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, less than 12 months after the first reported COVID cases. But there were also a number of advances made in cancer research that should be highlighted as we look forward to 2021. Most notably in new targeted agents, advanced diagnostic technologies, and a renewed commitment to increase public understanding of cancer health disparities. A number of cancer communities also saw years of commitment to cancer research pay off with a record number of drug approvals. This virtual AACR Patient Advocate Forum highlights some of the recent breakthroughs in cancer research and showcases what we might be able to expect in the year 2021.

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The Promise of Immuno-Oncology

May 4, 2021

The rapid development of immuno-oncology therapies for cancer is transforming the cancer treatment landscape and bolstering hope for many cancer patients.  But why doesn’t it create a durable response for all patients with cancer? This Patient Advocate Forum explores the field of immuno-oncology, highlights how immuno-oncology harnesses the body’s immune system to prevent and fight cancer, and discusses why some cancers are resistant to this approach.

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2020 Virtual Patient Advocate Forum


October 1, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has sickened more than 22.8 million people globally and claimed the lives of more than 796,000 people around the world. It threatens to reverse decades of research progress in the fight against cancer and jeopardize the future care and treatment of patients with cancer. AACR is working diligently to keep all members of the cancer community informed and safe from infection. Advocates from across the cancer community joined this free virtual forum to get the latest information on COVID-19 and cancer.

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