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Nevada Cancer Control Summit

Nevada Cancer Control Summit

Monday, November 6, 2017
Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, Nevada


Hosted by Nevada Cancer Coalition, the Nevada Cancer Control Summit is a statewide conference featuring sessions on targeted topics across the cancer spectrum. The Summit brings together physicians, nurses, advocates, survivors, administrators, and more to share cutting-edge information, update practitioners on the latest topics in cancer care, and strengthen the coalition to further cancer control efforts in Nevada.

The Summit offers continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, cancer registry professionals, and oftentimes credits for other specialty areas. Click the CME/CE tab for updated credit information.


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Time General Session Registry Breakout
7 - 8 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits  
8 - 9 a.m.

Wecome & Keynote: Cancer Immunotherapy: An Emerging Paradigm

Branimir I. Sikic, MD
Professor of Medicine (Oncology)
Medical Director, Stanford Clinical and Translational Research Unit
Co-director, Stanford University Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research (Spectrum)

9 - 10 a.m.

An Imperative for Action: Patients are Waiting

Mary Woolley
President, Research!America

10 - 10:30 a.m. Break & Exhibits  
10:30 - 11 a.m.

Using Data to Tell the Story of Cancer and Treatment in Nevada

Mary Tabor Griswold, PhD,
Health Services Research Analyst,
University of Nevada School of Medicine Office of Rural Health and Statewide Initiatives

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Preparing for USP800

Seth Eisenberg, RN, OCN, BMTCN
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

NVCRA Session: AJCC 8th Edition Updates and Rules

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR
Santa Barbara City College

12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Exhibits, and Awards  
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Sugar and Cancer

Robert Lustig, MD
Professor, Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology
University of California, San Francisco

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break & Exhibits  
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Cancers Presenting in Pediatric Patients

Robert Raphael, MD
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Associate Director, Fellowship Program
Associate Director, Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Controversies in Screening

Panel Discussion: 
Christina A Szot, MD, Renown Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine
Karin Klove, MD, University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine
Jeffrey D. Upton, MD, Capitol Urology Inc.

NVCRA Session: AJCC 8th Edition Practicum

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR
​Santa Barbara City College


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Continuing Education Credit

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit for nurses.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is a provider of continuing education credit through the Nevada State Board of Pharmacy.  This program is approved for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit for pharmacists.

The National Cancer Registrars Association Program Recognition Committee has determined this program supports 6.25 CE hours of which 2 CE hours meet the Category A requirement. This program has been assigned the following event number: 2017-160. 

An application has been submitted for Registered Dietitian credit. Determination of credit is pending.

Social workers can submit a continuing education application for credit for this program to the Board of Examiners for Social Work. Forms will be provided at the Summit.

CME Accreditation & Designation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the Nevada Cancer Coalition. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

This program provides 2 CME credits towards the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners' requirement for continuing medical education credit in ethics, pain management, and/or addiction care.

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Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities

We are FULL! Huge thank you to all of the sponsors and exhibitors that are supporting this year's Summit. While we are at capacity for exhibit tables, we still invite industry professionals to attend the Summit for networking and education. Please visit the Registration tab to register.

Exhibitors and sponsors of the Nevada Cancer Control Summit help to support NCC's efforts to provide continuing education opportunities to our members and connect them with other individuals and organizations working in the fields of oncology and cancer control. Opportunities range from $500 at the Bronze level to $5,000 at the Platinum level, and additional opportunities can be tailored to meet your goals. Review the levels of support in our 2017 Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

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Online Registration is Closed

If you would like to attend the Summit you can register on site via credit card or check. Registration on site is $120.

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We are excited to have this year's Summit conference venue and hotel accommodations all under one roof. A room block and special rate has been established for Summit attendees. 

Whitney Peak Hotel RoomWhitney Peak Hotel
255 North Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89501

The Cancer Control Summit room block is now closed. If you still need to book a room please visit:

About Whitney Peak Hotel

Whitney Peak Hotel is a new, landmark property that caters to those looking for that "extra something" in their hospitality experience. Whitney Peak is Reno's first and only non-gaming, non-smoking, independent hotel. We aren't bound by the rules and standards that can make branded properties a little...stale. We are centrally located; just two blocks from the beautiful Truckee River Walk and adjacent to the historic Reno Arch. Hotel amenities include Roundabout Grill - featuring chef-inspired comfort food, Cargo Concert Hall - Reno's best live concert venue and BaseCamp Climbing Gym - our 7,000 sq/ft indoor bouldering park as well as the Guinness Book of World Records "World's Tallest Climbing Wall" (coming in at 164'). The hotel also offers fitness center, steam room and sauna, and airport shuttle.*

*Please note, airport shuttle is $10 per direction per room and must be booked 24 hours in advance. Shuttle details here.

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Branimir Sikic MD Branimir I. (Brandy) Sikic, M. D., is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is Co-director of the Stanford University Center for Clinical and Translational Education and Research (Spectrum) and Director of the Stanford Clinical and Translational Research Unit (CTRU). Dr. Sikic is a leader in the pharmacology of anticancer drugs and the development of new cancer therapies. His research spans the spectrum from molecular and genetic approaches in cancer cells to clinical trials in cancer patients. Dr. Sikic's laboratory studies mechanisms of drug resistance in cancer cells and the development of more effective cancer therapies. He has made major contributions to understanding the problem of multidrug resistance in cancer cells. Read more about Dr. Sikic.
Mary Woolley Mary Woolley is the president of Research!America, the nation’s largest not-for-profit, membership supported grassroots public education and advocacy organization committed to making medical and health research a higher national priority. Under her leadership, Research!America has earned the attention and respect of elected and appointed officials, researchers in the public, private and academic sectors, media, and community leaders with its record of innovation in advocacy for research.She has a 30-year editorial and publication history on science advocacy and research related topics. Her op-eds and letters to the editor are published in newspapers and magazines from coast to coast including The New York Times and Washington Post. Read more about Mary Woolley.
mary tabor griswold Mary Tabor Griswold, Ph.D., is the health services research analyst at the University of Nevada School of Medicine Office of Rural Health and Statewide Initiatives. She is the website manager of Nevada Instant Atlas, which provides access to important health data on 17 counties in Nevada compiled from multiple editions of the Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Educational Leadership Department; Master of Science from the UNR Department of Economics; and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, also from UNR. Contact Tabor Griswold.
seth eisenberg

Seth Eisenberg, RN, BMTCN, OCN, works as the Professional Practice Coordinator for Infusion Services at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Ambulatory Clinic in Seattle, Washington. He has been practicing in the field of oncology since 1983. His experience includes 29 years in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. His specific areas of expertise include hazardous drug safety and infusion hypersensitivity reactions. He has published numerous articles and is an active member of Oncology Nursing Society. Read more about Seth Eisenberg.

Denise Harrison

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR is an associate professor, director of the Cancer Information Management (CIM) program, and served as chair of the Health Information Technology/Cancer Information Management (HIT/CIM) department at Santa Barbara City College from 2011 through 2017. She has been a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) since 2005, and has worked as a cancer registry coordinator for Commission on Cancer accredited cancer programs in the Houston Medical Center. Denise is active in the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA), where she has served as Education Chair, as a member the Alternative Methods committee, and has been writing the CE quizzes for the Journal of Registry Management for several years. She actively participates in her state association, the Texas Tumor Registrars Association (TxTRA), and has served as Parliamentarian and By Laws Committee Chair, as well as the Program Committee co-chair for TxTRA’s Annual Educational Conference (2013). She is a contributing author for the Cancer Registry CASEbooks, associate with A. Fritz and Associates, and frequently requested speaker.​

robert lustig Robert H. Lustig, M.D. is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF. Dr. Lustig has become a leading public health authority on the impact sugar has on fueling the diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics, and on addressing changes in the food environment to reverse these chronic diseases. In his New York Times best selling book "Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease," Dr. Lustig documents both the science and the politics that have led to the current pandemic of obesity and chronic disease. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with basic and clinical training relative to hypothalamic development, anatomy, and function. Read more about Dr. Lustig.
dr robert raphael Robert Raphael, MD, is an Associate Director of the Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program and chairs the education and curriculum committee at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland.He is a mentor for fellows in training, instructing on clinical care, utilization of the medical literature and Quality Improvement. He recently became the Associate Director of the Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program. Dr. Raphael is an integral part of the team in the Reno, Nevada comprehensive program and is on the teaching faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. Dr. Raphael is also on the medical staff at local hospitals in the Reno area including Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center and Renown Regional Medical Center. Read more about Dr. Raphael.
dr christina szot Christina Szot, MD, FAASM, specializes in sleep medicine and pulmonary critical care medicine and is a physician with Renown Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Szot completed fellowships in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease; American Board of Sleep Medicine; and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Dr. Szot moved to the United States from Canada to further her education and it was during her residency at the University of Nevada, Reno that she was drawn to caring for patients with critical health problems.
Karin Klove Karin Klove, MD, FACS is Selectives Clerkship Director and Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno. She is a leader in the field of breast care and surgical oncology collaborating with with primary care physicians and breast specialists focused on assisting them in providing the best comprehensive cancer care possible for patients with breast cancer. In addition to serving as a physician advisor for Saint Mary’s Breast Center, she was physician advisor for the Saint Mary’s Galena Campus during development of the imaging center at that location. Dr. Klove earned her medical doctorate from USC. She went on to complete her internship in general surgery and urology at the LAC-USC Medical Center, where she also completed a general surgery residency. She has been on faculty at UC Davis and in Greenville, SC, as well as practicing in Sacramento and at the VA Medical Center in Reno.
dr jeffrey upton Jeffrey D. Upton, MD, is a urologist with Carson Tahoe Health and Capitol Urology in Carson City, Nevada. Dr. Upton graduated form University of Nevada School of Medicine in 1980 and completed a residency at United State Naval Medical Center. 


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2017 Summit Awards

Nevada Cancer Coalition’s annual awards recognize organizations and individuals who have exemplified the essence of passion and leadership in cancer control in their respective community, region, or statewide. Awards have been given for unique programs, collaborating companies, and incredible individuals.

All awards will be presented at the 2017 Nevada Cancer Control Summit, Nov. 6, in Reno.

Awards categories are as follows:

Health Care Partner of the Year – New for 2017

Recognizing an organization, physician, or patient navigator, the Health Care Partner of the Year award honors those that have embraced the work of Nevada Cancer Coalition and cancer control throughout the state. Displaying both a commitment to collaboration and a dedication to cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, or quality of life, awardees in this category have demonstrated that big picture thinking and teamwork can make positive change.

Community Program Award – New for 2017

The Community Program Award recognizes a program or resource in Nevada, either community-based, regional, or statewide, that has had a positive impact on cancer control initiatives. Eligible programs should be focused on cancer prevention, early detection, access to diagnosis or treatment, palliative care, survivorship and quality of life, or cancer research. Programs must be effective between the dates of July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 to be considered.

Community Champion Award

Honoring individuals, the Community Champion Award recognizes someone who has gone above and beyond to make positive change for those within the community. Whether through excellence in volunteerism or excellence in the workplace, Community Champions are proven leaders demonstrating a commitment to helping those with cancer.

Past awardees include:

  • Stephanie Kirby, executive director of Susan G Komen Nevada, for leadership and dedication to women with breast cancer in Nevada
  • Phil Ralston, president of American Nevada Company, for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s cancer research
Advocacy Award

NCC’s Advocacy Award recognizes individuals dedicated to championing policies to support cancer prevention and early detection, increase access to diagnosis, treatment, and clinical trials, and promote palliative care, survivorship, and quality of life for those with cancer.

Past awardees include:

  • Shelby Adams, for passionately advocating for palliative care issues at both the state and national level by sharing her own personal story
  • Senator Joyce Woodhouse, who affirmed herself as a true champion of change in cancer outcomes for those in Nevada through dogged determination passing statewide legislation
  • Stacey Escalante, whose willingness to share her personal journey with melanoma time and time again helped to create a statewide law aimed at skin cancer prevention
Registrar Award

Awarded to a member of the Nevada Cancer Registrars Association, this award recognizes excellence in cancer data reporting. Awarded for the first time in 2016 to Sonia Vargas of Valley Health Systems.