Health & Medicine

Free cancer symposium Saturday for patients, caregivers

Cancer doctors from across Sacramento will discuss the challenges and successes of the “dreaded disease” during a free Community Cancer Symposium on Saturday in Elk Grove.

Nine oncology specialists from Sutter Health, UC Davis, Dignity Health and Kaiser Permanente will cover new research, immunotherapy, clinical trials and screenings across a range of cancers, including lung, brain, breast and prostate cancer. Several cancer survivors will also share their stories.

“It’s to bring hope to patients with this dreaded disease,” said organizer Robert Rose, a former Dignity Health hospital board member and longtime colon cancer survivor.

“Most people walk in totally defeated,” he said, but leave armed with optimism and a raft of science-based information about beating cancer. The event aims to “bring hope to patients with this dreaded disease.”

Open to medical professionals as well as patients, the symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Creekside Christian Church, 8939 E. Stockton Blvd., in Elk Grove. The event is not affiliated with any religion, said Rose, who has hosted a local cancer support group for more than 25 years. Former ABC10 anchor Melissa Crowley will moderate the discussions.

Last year’s first-time event drew 280 people. Walk-ins are welcome or individuals can preregister online.

Claudia Buck: 916-321-1968, @Claudia_Buck