Free conference includes national oncology experts, panel of cancer patients, free dinner

August 31, 2008 —

In memory of DMU student, annual conference focuses on young adults with cancer

(Des Moines, IA) – The loss of Des Moines University student Katherine M. Miller in 2005 to colorectal cancer inspired an annual cancer conference at Des Moines University. This year’s conference is September 24.

The conference begins at 5:15 p.m. with a free dinner followed by presentations at 6 p.m. by two physicians. After the keynotes a panel of young adult cancer survivors will take questions from the audience. The event is in the Des Moines University Student Education Center Auditorium, 3300 Grand Ave. in Des Moines. This free conference is open to the public and is free to attend.

Katherine Miller, or Katie as her classmates called her, was in her second term at DMU when she was diagnosed with a tumor in her colon. She was 26. Six months later, she was gone. A strong believer in osteopathic medicine, Katie’s story is told so that others may learn more about cancer in this age group. With more information, doctors, researchers and the public may be more able to detect cancer at an earlier stage and show sensitivity to challenges of having cancer at this age.

Call 515.271.1513 or visit http://www.dmu.edu/rsvp/cancerconference/ to register by Friday, September 19.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Colon Cancer History, Pitfalls, Perils and Pearls

Roscoe F. Morton, M.D., FACP, earned a B.A. from Colorado College and an M.D. from the University of
Kansas. He has been with Medical Oncology and Hematology Associates since 1981 and is an investigator for the North Central Treatment Group, a cancer outreach program of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has also published a number of articles and abstracts and focuses on melanoma, colon, rectal, breast and lung cancer.

Recent Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

Nancy Kemeny, M.D., earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.D. from the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. She is currently a physician in the Gastrointestinal Oncology service, division of Solid Tumor Oncology, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. She is also professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association of Cancer Research. She serves a number of prominent medical journals as scientific reviewer, advisor or editorial board member and has been frequently published.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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