Physicians from Moffitt Cancer Center's Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program , the largest in Florida, in collaboration with faculty from the Malignant Hematology Program, will present "Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma and Bone Marrow Transplantation" on June 11. The free educational symposium is for patients, families and the public.

After an overview of bone marrow transplantation and clinical research, breakout sessions will focus on lymphomas, leukemias and myelodysplastic syndromes, bone marrow transplantation, and multiple myeloma. It's an opportunity to seek expert advice from doctors including Melissa Alsina, Claudio Anasetti, Ernesto Ayala, Teresa Field, Jeffrey Lancet, José L. Ochoa-Bayona, Lía Pérez, Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, Lubomir Sokol and Daniel Sullivan.

"If you have one of these hematologic malignancies or you know someone who does, this is a unique opportunity to talk to the experts about different diseases, have your questions answered and get information," Alsina said.

Dinner will follow, and participants will be able to register in the National Marrow Donor Program to become potential bone marrow donors. Multiple myeloma patient Dan Singer, of Orlando, is in need of a bone marrow transplant. He will attend the symposium in hopes of educating others.

"It's a chance for patients and relatives to acquire a tremendous amount of information in a short period of time," said Singer, 44. "And through joining the bone marrow registry, it's a chance to be a hero without getting your hands dirty. It's not that difficult of a procedure from the donor's standpoint, and it's a way to save someone's life."

The programs will be presented in English and Spanish.

The event is from 4 to 8 p.m. June 11 at Moffitt's Stabile Research Building, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa. Complimentary dinner and parking is provided, but space is limited. Please call 1-888-663-3488 to register.

Moffitt's BMT program performs more than 270 transplants a year. Since its inception in 1989, the program has performed more than 2,300 transplants with approximately 1,100 survivors. The program treats adults at Moffitt, as well as children at All Children's Hospital.

About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

Located in Tampa, Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of "America's Best Hospitals" for cancer, as well as for ear, nose and throat. Moffitt's sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.


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