SOURCE: Leukemia Research Foundation

February 20, 2007 08:00 ET

Free Conference on Bone Marrow, Stem Cell and Cord Blood Transplants

Blood Cancer Patients Will Learn the Latest About These Treatments, Whether or Not Transplant Is Right for Them -- and When, From Leading Oncologists and Hematologists

GLENVIEW, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 20, 2007 --Patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), along with families and caregivers, are invited to the Third Annual Bone Marrow, Stem Cell, Cord Blood Transplant Conference presented by the Leukemia Research Foundation, with support from The Coleman Foundation, Loyola University Health System and the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), Saturday, March 17, from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at The Westin O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

Free continental breakfast, lunch and parking are included with registration at The day consists of panel discussions, question and answer, and disease breakout sessions. The complete schedule is as follows:

7:30 a.m.    Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00         Welcome
             Dr. Patrick Stiff, Loyola University Medical Center

8:10         Umbilical Cord Transplants
             Dr. Patrick Stiff

8:30         NMDP Overview and New Initiatives
             Dr. Jeffrey Chell, Chief Executive Officer, NMDP

9:15         Bone Marrow Transplant for Aggressive Lymphomas
             Dr. Jane Winter, Northwestern Memorial Hospital

9:35         Options for Follicular Lymphoma
             Dr. Parameswaran Venugopal, Rush University Medical Center

9:55         BREAK

10:15        Bone Marrow Transplant as an Option for CLL
             Dr. Tulio Rodriguez, Loyola University Medical Center

10:45        BMT as an Option for AML
             Dr. Wendy Stock, University of Chicago Hospital

11:15        BMT as an Option for MDS
             Dr. Scott Smith, Loyola University Medical Center

11:45        BREAK

12:00 p.m.   Lunch and Patient Panel
             Panel Moderator: Susan Stewart, BMT InfoNet
             Panelists include patients and patient caregivers

1:30         Disease-specific breakout sessions
             Lymphomas, Acute Leukemia, Chronic Leukemia / MDS, Caregivers
             Moderated by representatives from Loyola University Medical
             Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University
             Medical Center, and University of Chicago Hospital
To register, visit or call 847-424-0600.

The Leukemia Research Foundation, headquartered in Glenview, Ill., is dedicated to funding research and providing support to people affected by blood cancers. The Foundation's mission is to conquer leukemia, lymphoma, and myelodysplastic syndromes by funding research into their causes and cures, and to enrich the quality of life of those touched by these diseases. For 60 years, thousands of volunteers and 24 chapters have helped the Foundation raise more than $39 million to help fund research specifically targeting aspiring, eager, and innovative scientists and physicians around the world.

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