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The Group Room Features Live Videocast from San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 8, 2009 - The Group Room cancer talk show, produced by Vital Options International, will take place live from the 32nd Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), December 11, 2009, 1-3pm CT, Room 218, and for the first time features a live videocast. This year marks a decade that Vital Options has produced The Group Room from SABCS, the largest international gatherings of clinicians and scientists in the field of breast cancer, with more than 8500 expected attendees from over 90 countries.

Covering topics from US and European perspectives, discussions will explore biologic advances and therapies for early and metastatic disease, bone health issues, triple negative, HER2 positive, ER positive breast cancers, predictive oncology, and the current mammography controversy.

A noted expert panel includes:


  • José Baselga, MD, PhD, Chairman and Professor of Medicine, Vall D'Hebron Institute of Oncology, Barcelona, Spain; President, European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO);
  • Stefan Glück MD, PhD, FRCPC, Sylvester Professor, Department of Medicine, Assistant Director, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center; Associate Division Chief for Clinical Affairs, Division of Hematology/Oncology; Clinical Director, Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine;
  • Julie R. Gralow, MD, Director, Breast Medical Oncology Group and Associate Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Clinical Division, Vice-Chair of the Southwest Oncology Group's Breast Cancer Committee, Seattle, WA;
  • Clifford Hudis, MD, Chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service and Attending Physician, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Professor of Medicine, Weill Medical College of Cornell University;
  • C. Kent Osborne, MD, Director of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, and Director of the Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center, Houston, Texas, and President of the CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium;

This year's program introduces Advocacy in Action®, a new video feature highlighting the influential role of patient advocacy. A roundtable discussion with four of the leading breast cancer organizations includes:


  • Elyse Spatz Caplan, MA, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Living Beyond Breast Cancer;
  • Margaret C. Kirk, CEO, Breast Cancer Network of Strength
  • Courtney Bugler, Executive Director, Young Survival Coalition, Atlanta
  • Sandi Stanford, Chair, Patient Advocate Program, Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation

In addition to the show, several short feature interviews will be taped at SABCS for later listening. Vital Options will make all program content available without charge to advocacy and cancer organizations for educational website postings.

To tune into The Group Room live from SABCS, visit or To submit questions to the show or for more information about how to participate, e-mail or Twitter @theGroupRoom.

This special broadcast is made possible, in part, through support from Genentech BioOncology, Lilly Oncology, and Novartis Oncology.

Vital Options International, is a not-for-profit 510(c)(3) headquartered in Southern California, with a European division based in France at the American Hospital of Paris and production partners as Radio Marsden, Royal Marsden Hospital, London. Founded in 1983 as the first psychosocial and advocacy organization for young adults with cancer, Vital Options expanded into an international cancer communications organization with the launch of The Group Room® in 1996. Vital Options is noted for its pioneering and innovative approaches in using media technology to advocate and communicate about cancer. In January 2010, The Group Room will return in a new digital format introducing HD video and interactive capabilities.



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


Posted: December 2009