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The Group Room to Broadcast Live from the 13th World Conference on Lung Cancer

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 31, 2009 - The Group Room — the nationally syndicated weekly call-in cancer talk radio show — will broadcast live from the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 13th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC), at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA., Sunday, August 2nd, 1-3 p.m. PT in Level 3 lobby. The WCLC is amongst the most prestigious lung cancer meetings in the world and more than 7000 lung cancer specialists from all disciplines are expected to attend. The program will cover meeting highlights, clinical advances, and quality of life issues.

The expert panel will include:


  • Giorgio V. Scagliotti, M.D., Ph.D., Head, Thoracic Oncology Unit, Department of Clinical & Biological Sciences, University of Torino, Torino, Italy
  • Ronald B. Natale, M.D., Attending Physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Outpatient Cancer Center at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Director of the National Lung Cancer Research Program and Senior Research Advisor for the Solid Tumor Program for Aptium Oncology, Los Angeles, CA., USA
  • Peter G. Harper, M.D., FRCP, Consultant Physician and Medical Oncologist, Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital, London, United Kingdom
  • Jonathan W. Goldman, M.D., Head of Premiere Oncology Thoracic Malignancy Division of Phase I and II Oncology Research, Santa Monica, CA., USA

Joining host, Selma R. Schimmel, founder and CEO of Vital Options International, will be noted advocate and lung cancer survivor, Bonnie Addario, founder and Chair of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

The Group Room is heard live in select cities, simulcast online at and, where all programs are also archived, rebroadcast on XM Satellite Radio's America's Talk XM158 (7:00-9:00 p.m. ET), and podcast on iTunes. Listeners may participate at 1-800-GRP-ROOM or email to

Vital Options International is a not-for-profit 510(c)(3) cancer communications organization headquartered in Southern California. It is also a registered European charity based in France at the American Hospital of Paris, with production partners at Radio Marsden, the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK. Founded in 1983, Vital Options was the first psychosocial and advocacy organization for young adults with cancer, before expanding its focus with the launch of The Group Room in 1996.

This special broadcast is made possible through support from EMD Serono, Genentech BioOncology, and Lilly Oncology.




Contact: Vital Options
Juliana Lee, 818-508-5657


Posted: August 2009