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Scripps Hematology and Oncology Conference set for Feb. 14-17

Experts from nation's leading cancer centers to gather for 35th annual conference

Scripps Health

SAN DIEGO - Hundreds of physicians and researchers from many of the nation's leading cancer institutions will gather in San Diego Feb. 14 through Feb. 17 for Scripps Health's 35th annual Clinical Hematology and Oncology Conference at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

The conference will bring together experts in diverse areas of oncology and hematology to discuss the latest advances in diagnosing and treating blood-based cancers and solid tumors. It will also provide a forum where they can explore practical ways to bring these advances to their patients.

"This conference will provide an unusually broad perspective on a wide variety of blood-based cancers and solid tumors," said conference director Michael Kosty, M.D., who is also medical director of Scripps Cancer Center at Scripps Green Hospital. "It will also offer an intimate environment where physicians can interact and discuss new ways to put the latest advances into practice to benefit their patients."

Scheduled presenters at the conference represent leading cancer institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital and Scripps Health. A team of 12 Scripps physicians comprise the conference's planning committee.

The first day of the conference will focus on nonmalignant hematologic issues such as blood transfusions, post-surgical bleeding, iron disorders and blood clots. The second day will explore key areas of malignant hematology, including leukemia, multiple myeloma and lymphoma. Day three will shift toward updates in oncology, including genomic profiling of tumors, hereditary cancer syndromes and the use of supplements in cancer care. The fourth day of the conference will focus on the latest updates related to breast cancer.

Through Feb. 6, advance registration for the full conference is $650 for physicians; $475 for nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and allied health professionals; and $200 for fellows and residents. On-site registration at the conference is available for an additional $25 and day rates are also available.

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Scripps Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education credits for physicians. Nurses and physicians assistants may also be eligible for credits from the conference. More information is available by calling 858-652-5400, or visiting http://www.scripps.org/hemonccme.

Cancer care at Scripps

Scripps Health is a nationally recognized leader in cancer care, providing comprehensive care at its five hospital campuses and various Scripps Clinic locations. Scripps treats more cancer patients annually than any other provider in California for the following cancer types: breast, colon, bladder, lung (small-cell carcinoma), Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Scripps ranks in the top five statewide for the number of patients treated annually for cancers of the prostate, pancreas, kidney, lung (non-small cell carcinoma), thyroid and skin (melanoma).

Scripps Cancer Care physicians and staff work collaboratively toward cancer prevention, early detection, coordinated treatment and community support services. Scripps Cancer Care is actively involved in leading-edge clinical, translational and basic research. It is accredited as an integrated network program by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer, a distinction that demonstrates consistency in providing the highest quality of patient care.

Scripps offers advanced treatment technologies at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center, the Scripps Radiation Therapy Center and the San Diego Gamma Knife Center, and through its minimally invasive surgical program. Additional resources include specialized breast care centers and infusion clinics, nurse navigators, rehabilitation services, support groups and the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

ABOUT SCRIPPS HEALTH

Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a nonprofit integrated health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 13,750 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, hospice and home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of physician offices and 25 outpatient centers and clinics.

Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research, genomic medicine and wireless health care. With three highly respected graduate medical education programs, Scripps is a longstanding member of the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2014, Truven Health Analytics named Scripps one of the top five large health systems in the nation for the third year, and Scripps hospitals are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation's best. Scripps is regularly recognized by Fortune, Working Mother magazine and AARP as one of the best places in the nation to work. More information can be found at http://www.scripps.org.

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