SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017

An Interactive Discussion On Key Issues Affecting Young Adult Colorectal Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers

Powered By Our Survivor Community and Their Families
Generously sponsored by Michael’s Mission

Hosted by Perlmutter Cancer Center At NYU Langone Medical Center

Farkas Auditorium
NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue
New York, NY 10016

NYU Langone Medical Center


8:00 – 8:45 AMRegistration and Continental Breakfast served
9:00 – 9:15 AMWelcome and Symposium Overview
9:15 – 11:15 AMFinding the Ideal State of Wellness
11:15 – 11:30 AMCoffee Break
11:30 AM – 1:10 PM Navigating the Survivorship Landscape
1:10 – 1:55 PM
Roundtable Lunch
2:05 – 4:30 PMImproving Outcomes For EAO-CRC


Thomas K. Weber MD FACS

Course Director and Host

Professor of Surgery, State University of New York at Downstate

Martha Raymond MA CPN

Course Co-Director

Executive Director, Michael’s Mission and Founder & CEO The Raymond Foundation

Susan K. Peterson PhD MPH

Course Co-Director

Professor of Behavioral Science
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


This event will bring together early age onset (EAO) colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors, loved ones, health care professionals and researchers from across the country. The program will provide extensive opportunities for participants to advance their understanding of the rapidly increasing incidence of rectal and colon cancer among young adults under 50 years of age in the U.S. and abroad.

This ground breaking program will, for a third year, provide both survivors and health care professional’s opportunities to leverage each other’s insights and provide an opportunity for all to hear leading clinicians on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, genomics and quality of life preserving treatment options for EAO-CRC.

The course will include lectures, workshops and panel discussions designed to facilitate multidisciplinary consensus regarding the priorities of EAO-CRC prevention, clinical care, quality of life and research moving forward.


  • Review the increasing incidence, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of young adults with colorectal cancer
  • Discuss the current state of knowledge on the optimal standards of care and support for the young adult colorectal cancer patient
  • Provide an evidence based framework for reducing risk, increasing early stage diagnosis and improving treatment and quality of life for these patients


Finding the Ideal State of Wellness – Susan Peterson PhD MPH Moderator (Includes 15 Minute Directed Discussion)

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  • Psychosocial/Psychological Support(s)
  • Survivorship Programs
  • Integrative Medicine and Wellness Strategies Including Optimal Nutrition/Exercise/Wound Ostomy
  • Support Systems and Resources for Saregivers
  • Directed discussion and action items
Navigating The Survivorship Landscape – Moderated By Martha Raymond CPN MPH (Includes 15 Minute Directed Discussion), Stephen Estrada Opening Remarks

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  • Navigating Intimacy
  • Preserving and Optimizing Fertility
  • Protections for the Cancer Patient in the Work Place
  • Identifying and Protecting Those at Increased Risk of CRC
  • Directed discussion and action steps
Improving Outcomes for EAO-CRC – Moderated by Thomas Weber MD FACS and Dennis Ahnen MD AGAF FACG

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  • Advancing Earliest Possible Stage Diagnosis: Recognizing Symptoms and Signs of CRC
  • The Genetics of Early Age Onset CRC Tumor Testing: Improving Access to Targeted Molecular Therapies and Clinical Trials
  • New and “In the Pipeline” Treatments for CRC
  • What are We Going to Do to Advance the Cause
  • Directed discussion and action steps


The Summit will feature presentations from EAO-CRC survivors, clinicians from the nation’s leading cancer centers, and advocacy organizations including the American Cancer Society, Columbia University, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, New York-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center, New York University School of Medicine, the Raymond Foundation, State University of New York Health Sciences Center, the University of Colorado, White Plains Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center.

Dennis J. Ahnen MD AGAF FACGUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine
Sage Bolte PhD LCSW OSW-CInova Schar Cancer Institute Center​
Daniella BurgessFight Colorectal Cancer
Elyce H. Cardonick MD Cooper Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Zana Correa NP-BCMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Stephen EstradaCRC Patient Advocate
Suzanne Gerdes MS RD CDN Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Stacy Hurt MHA, MBA Healthcare Advocacy Consultant
Vashti Livingston MS CWOCN DAPWCA Kimmel Urology MSKCC Ambulatory Division
Susan K. Peterson PhD MPH The University of Texas MD Anderson 
Cancer Center
Joshua Raff MDWhite Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care
A Member Of The Montefiore Health System
Martha Raymond MA CPNMichael’s Mission
The Raymond Foundation
Jacen Roberts CRC Patient Advocate
Allison Rosen MSDan L. Duncan Center in the Office of Outreach and Health Disparities
Baylor College of Medicine
Michael SapienzaColon Cancer Alliance
Julia A. Smith MD Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center
Thomas K. Weber MD FACSState University 
of New York Health Sciences Center
President & Founder Colon Cancer Foundation
Debra Wolf JDNew York Legal Assistance Group
Terri L. Woodard MD The University of Texas MD Anderson 
Cancer Center
White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care
A Member Of The Montefiore Health System