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Nevada Cancer Control Summit

Nevada Cancer Control Summit

September 17, 2018

Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
Las Vegas, 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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2018 Summit Exhibitors and Sponsors

This conference is supported, in part, by exhibits in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support:

Platinum Level

Heath Foundation      Renown

Summit Tote Sponsor

Gold Level

MountainView Hospital

Seattle Genetics
Shire Oncology

Activity Sponsors

Nathan Adelson Hospice - Awards Luncheon Sponsor

Summerlin Hospital Medical Center - Awards Luncheon Sponsor

Eli Lilly Oncology - Exhibitor Bingo Sponsor

Silver Level

Astellas Oncology

Cure 4 The Kids



Nevada Oncology Society

Nevada Central Cancer Registry

Saint Mary's Center for Cancer

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Dignity Health

Taiho Oncology

Teva Oncology

Bronze Level



Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Daiichi Sankyo

Foundation Medicine

GI Consultants

Gilead Sciences

Guardant Health

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

Nevada Health Centers


Registry Partners

TerSera Therapeutics

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7 - 8 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits  
8 - 9 a.m.


Cari Herington, MBA

CAR-T Therapies

Robert Negrin, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Stanford University

9 - 10 a.m.

Liquid Biopsy

Philip C. Mack, PhD
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Registry Workshop

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR 

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


10:30 - 11 a.m.

Nevada Central Cancer Registry Update

Christine Pool, Nevada Central Cancer Registry

Registry Workshop

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR 

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Controlled Substance Abuse Panel Discussion

Rupesh Parikh, MD, Medical Oncologist, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Leslie Hunter-Johnson, DNP, MSN, AGPNCP-BC, RN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, CHPN, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center

Darla Zarley, PharmD, Nevada State Board of Pharmacy

Registry Workshop

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Summit Awards
Sponsored by

Nathan Adelson Hospice and Summerlin Hospital Medical Center

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Myths and Facts of Cancer Treatment

Anu Thummala, MD, Hematology and Oncology
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Primary Care: Genetics

R. Nathan Slotnick, MD, PhD, Director of Medical Genetics, Renown Institute for Cancer 

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break & Exhibits  
2:30 -3:30 p.m.

New Therapies in Leukemia

Lauren Zion, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS, CCRP,
Oncology Pharmacy Clinical Specialist, Renown Health

Primary Care: 

Lung Cancer Prevention / Cessation

Maria Azzarelli, EMHA, CHES, Southern Nevada Health District

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

PARP Inhibitors

Kimberly McGregor, MD, Medical Oncology and Hematology,
St. Mary's Medical Center (Grand Junction, CO)

Primary Care: 

HPV/Head & Neck Cancers

Christina Demopoulos, DDS, MPH, UNLV School of Dental Medicine

Read more about our Summit speakers here.

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Continuing Education Credit

The Summit offers continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, cancer registry professionals, and oftentimes credits for other specialty areas, through the University of Nevada, Reno Office of Continuing Medical Education. 

Continuing Education Credit

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

An application has been submitted to the National Cancer Registrars Association. Determination of credit is pending.

CME Accreditation and 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 6.25 hours AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

This program provides 1 CME credit towards the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners' requirement for continuing medical education credit in ethics, pain management, and/or addiction care.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review current evidence-based strategies for biomarker-driven targeted therapies in advanced NSCLC
  • Understand NRS and NAC 457 pertaining to Nevada cancer reporting
  • Differentiate analgesic stacking from multi-modal therapy
  • Describe the health and economic burden of tobacco use in Nevada
  • Identify issues associated with coding primary site
  • Clarify how to choose the correct AJCC chapter for unknown primaries of the head and neck
  • Describe the relationship between HPV and oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) and the role of the HPV vaccine and disease prevention within an appropriate clinical context
  • Be aware of the current efforts in somatic genotyping and personalized cancer therapies
  • And more.
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Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities

WE ARE FULL! Thank you to all of this year's sponsors and exhibitors. If you would like to be added to the interest list for support of next year's Summit please email

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 $750 at the Bronze level to $5,000 at the Platinum level, and additional opportunities can be tailored to meet your goals. 

Download the 2018 Sponsor and Exhibitor Packet to review opportunities. 

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Accommodations are offered at Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel located at 3400 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89169.

Summit attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors receive a $99 per night room rate (plus 13.38% room tax + $23.50 amenity fee, see below) for the night of September 16 prior to the conference. Please book by August 20, 2018 to secure this room rate. 

Book your group rate for Nevada Cancer Control Summit

This contemporary, boutique hotel is the largest smoke-free, non-gaming hotel in the area, offering Summit attendees a healthy, modern experience. 

Destination amenity fee of $23.50 per day applies; fee includes 50 minute daily fitness class (yoga, stretch, cardio), high speed internet access, valet parking, Kona Craft Beer from Sammy's Daily, complimentary dessert & elite choice amenity of cheese, fruit or 1,000 Marriott Rewards points.



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2018 Summit Awards

Nominations are closed! Be sure to join us at the Summit as we honor this year's awardees.

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 are given for unique programs, collaborating companies, and incredible individuals. 

All awards will be presented at the 2018 Nevada Cancer Control Summit. Special thanks to our Summit Awards Luncheon sponsors: 

Awards categories are as follows:

Health Care Partner of the Year 

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.

Past awardees include:

  • Karin Klove, MD, FACS, in recognition of her leadership and dedication to comprehensive cancer control in Nevada
  • Amy Thompson, RN, OCN, CN-BN, in appreciation of her leadership and dedication to cancer survivors in Nevada
  • Desert Radiology, recognizing their dedication to collaboration in comprehensive cancer control
Community Program Award 

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, 2017 – June 30, 2018 to be considered.

Past awardees include:

  • Saint Mary's Low-Dose CT Lung Screening Program
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:

  • Cassie Goodman, Medical Exercise & Safety Supervisor, Saint Mary's Fitness Center, in recognition of her compassion and dedication to cancer survivors in Nevada
  • Courtney Parento, RN, in recognition of her leadership and dedication to cancer prevention in Nevada
  • Stephanie Kirby, executive director of Susan G Komen Nevada, for leadership and dedication to women with breast cancer in Nevada
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:

  • Tom McCoy, JD, for years of dedication in championing policies to reduce the burden of cancer among Nevadans
  • 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. 

Past awardees include:

  • April Fritz, CTR
  • Sonia Vargas, CTR


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This year the Nevada Cancer Control Summit has a limited number of scholarship opportunities for students and cancer registry professionals who wish to attend the Summit but may not otherwise be able to attend due to cost.

Attendees interested in applying for a scholarship are required to complete and submit the Nevada Cancer Control Summit Scholarship Application Form no later than July 15, 2018. BEFORE completing the scholarship form, please review the following information regarding scholarship guidelines and details.

Scholarship Guidelines and Details:

  • Five (5) student scholarships are available thanks to support from The Heath Foundation. Student scholarships are offered for Nevada students in pre-med, medical school, nursing school, or similar field of study.
  • Student scholarships cover Summit registration cost only and do not include travel and accommodations.
  • Cancer registry scholarships are offered to registry professionals working in Nevada.
  • Registry scholarships may cover Summit registration, travel, and/or accommodations at the host hotel, or any combination of the three. Number of scholarships awarded will be based on the number of applications approved and the level of support requested by each applicant.
  • One scholarship application form must be filled out for each individual wishing to receive a scholarship. If you have several individuals from one organization interested in applying for a scholarship, each person must each fill out an application.
  • Scholarships will be awarded based on a set criteria process and reviewed by Nevada Cancer Control Summit planners. All scholarship applicants will be notified by July 23, 2018.
  • Scholarships are non-transferable. Once you have applied for and are awarded the scholarship, you cannot transfer the scholarship should you not be able to attend the conference.
  • Flight and hotel costs are paid on a reimbursement basis only. Once scholarship recipients are notified, additional information about conference registration, travel reservations, and the reimbursement process will be provided. 
  • Awarded recipients must accept the scholarship by responding to the email notification and signing a contract within two weeks of being notified.
  • Please do not register for the conference until you have received notification regarding your application. Anyone not awarded a scholarship will be able to use the Early-Bird registration rate.

Should you have any questions or problems, please contact Kristen Hackbarth at or call 775-737-4056.

Apply for a Scholarship Here