BIG CANCER CONFERENCE COMING IN JUNE '98
© 1998 by Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D.
This is to invite everyone interested in cancer to a historic meeting on the topic to be held in June, 1998 called "Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrating Alternative Therapies."
The meeting is sponsored by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. James Gordon, M.D., professor at Georgetown University, author of "Manifesto for a New Medicine," and founding director of the Center has convened this conference to bring about a serious examination of many topics that have long been the subject of mere rumor, innuendo and slander.
I am happy to help Jim organize this exciting meeting, as I think it could be THE breakthrough event in our understanding of alternative cancer treatments. A great meeting can have a long-lasting impact on a field. Many people remember the famous Chantilly meeting that N.I.H. convened in September, 1992. The "class of Chantilly" went on to build the Office of Alternative Medicine, write the book "Alternative Medicine: Expanding Medical Horizons" (published by the Government Printing Office) and to start up complementary medicine programs around the country. The impact of that meeting is still being felt.
Many more people regret not having been there. But unlike Chantilly, this June 1998 meeting will be open to all. It will be a chance to take part in the making of history, as alternative cancer treatments emerge from the shadows into the bright light of scientific inquiry.
WHO SHOULD COME?
The meeting is open to all. We encourage anyone with a personal or professional interest in cancer to join us. The discussions will be detailed, yet accessible to intelligent patients with an intense interest in the topic of cancer. It is obvious to all that we are losing the war on cancer. Conventional chemotherapy has lost its appeal. But where do we go from here? Does the sphere of alternative and complementary medicine have anything of substance to offer the cancer patient? Can physicians and others integrate these methods with the best of conventional therapy?
Many of us thing they can.
Jim and I have been working hard on the list of speakers. We will be introducing not just proponents of new methods, but top clinicians and scientific thinkers. We want the conference to be quite different than most other cancer meetings, where you get shuffled from one enthusiast to another.
Every presentation at this conference will be subjected to friendly, intelligent and searching criticism from well-grounded (yet open-minded) academic scientists and clinicians. We are miles apart obviously from the "quackbuster" mentality. But our goal is that no dogmatic statements will go unchallenged, either by the experts we are inviting or by our audience.
Registration is going very well already and we expect to attract about 1,500 attendees including some of the brightest and innovative minds in cancer, both orthodox and unconventional.
In addition to Jim Gordon and myself, speakers who have already agreed to appear include:
We have also invited other top scientists from around the world, including many from "orthodox" cancer centers. We will be posting a listing of these very soon here and elsewhere.
We hope you will join us to make this a truly historic, international event, a turning point in the understanding of the scientific complementary approach to cancer.
As we get closer to the event, I will let you know more details about the times and dates of individual talks.
Or contact the Center for Mind-Body Medicine 5225 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 414, Washington, DC 20015, Telephone (202) 966-7338, Fax (202) 966-2589, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be reached online at http://www.healthy.net/cmbm/