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1 Patient Advocacy Bruce MacDonald JHYSF Meet the Sarcoma Experts MGH - Nov. 22, 2008

2 Why Am I Here Today?

3 Why Advocacy Is Important Especially with Orphan Disease YOU know your body better than anyone YOU have a vested interest in your survival YOU must take an active role in treatment “The key to surviving...get very very angry, very very smart, and very very organized” Norman Scherzer - Founder of Life Raft Group

4 Sarcoma Foundations JHYSF Sarcoma Research at MGH Meet the Experts Seminar Support Available for Patients in Need LMSdr Pre-clinical Research Grants Comprehensive List of Clinical Trials Excellence in Care Award

5 Sarcoma Foundations Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative Pre-clinical Research grants Comprehensive List of Clinical Trials Esun Newsletter Faces of Sarcoma Kristen Ann Carr Fund Surgical Fellowships at MSKCC Sarcoma Lab at MSKCC Sarcoma Newsletter

6 Sarcoma Foundations Sarcoma Alliance Comprehensive list of clinical Trials Peer to Peer Network Funding for appointment at Sarcoma Center Weekly Sarcoma Chat Sessions Amschwand Foundation Funding of Pre-clinical Research Comprehensive guidelines for newly diagnosed Support Housing Initiative for patients families

7 Sarcoma Foundations Sarcoma Foundation of America Fund pre-clinical research Advocate for increased government funding Educate patients on treatment options NLMSF Fund pre-clinical research Advocate for increased government funding Educate patients on treatment options

8 Patient Research Tools NCI Clinical Trials Research all clinical trials with powerful search tools Pubmed Research peer reviewed papers on any medical issue Find info on treatment options, new drugs, basic science Google Alerts –http://news.google.com/alertshttp://news.google.com/alerts Have s sent once a week for any search topic

9 Advocacy + Teamwork = 2008 “Excellence in Care Award”

10 Powerful On-Line Advocacy ACOR ( Association of Cancer On-line Resources ) 836 Leiomyosarcoma subscribers Over 159 mailing lists (many forms of Sarcoma) Share information on treatment options Learn real time info on clinical trials How to deal with side effects “Together we are more, and more effective, than we are separately.” Dr. Doreen Kossove, LMS Patient and active participant in ACOR

11 Discover Treatment Options Sample of things I found via ACOR and Research Aromotase Inhibitors –Now in clinical trial with Uterine LMS Molecular Profiling –Now in clinical trial for any cancer tissue Chemotherapy Assay –Clinical trials with ovarian and breast cancer Rexin-G –Now in Phase II clinical trials with sarcoma Reolysin –Now in Phase II clinical trials with sarcoma

12 Patient Driven Collaboration CTOS - Connective Tissue Oncology Society Founded in 1995 by wealthy patient to spur collaboration. Now over 400 members meet annually SARC - Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration Founded by members of CTOS Enable clinical trial collaboration around the world

13 Additional Resources Cancer Research Institute –Excellent collaborative foundation –Dedicated to cancer immunology Leiomyosarcoma –Authored by Dr. Doreen Kossove Comprehensive guide to LMS treatments

14 Support JHYSF in 2009 Our team of >70 from 2008

15 In Memory of Suzanne Ash Kurtz Founder of LMSdr..... “hope alone is not a plan”


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