UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center teams up with ...
NEWS | May 18, 2018

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center teams up with Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

First-ever Blood Cancer Conference in Sacramento hosted June 9


The UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, in collaboration with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, presents “Live Your Best Life: Advances in Blood Cancer Treatment and Patient Support” on Saturday, June 9. The day-long conference will be held at the Medical Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.). The event is free to the public and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch.

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Brian Jonas, blood cancer specialist at UC Davis, helped create the conference after attending a larger, sister event in San Francisco and saw a need for resources for blood cancer patients in Sacramento.

“It can be difficult for some patients to travel to San Francisco for the conference,” said Jonas. “I thought it would be valuable to the people of the Sacramento area to develop a similar conference here, where they can learn about blood cancers from local experts.”

The agenda includes presentations by Sacramento-based hematologist-oncologists Aaron Rosenberg and Joseph Tuscano from UC Davis, Shahzad Siddique from Dignity Health, Ryan Stevenson from Kaiser Permanente and Babak Rajabi from Sierra Hematology Oncology Medical Center.

Jonas also hopes to connect patients and caregivers who are going through similar experiences.

“I thought the conference could help foster comradery and bring together hematology groups in Sacramento with the unifying goal of helping patients with blood cancer,” he said. “The environment is friendly and inviting, which encourages learning and interaction.”

Patients and caregivers will have access to a wealth of information, including breakout sessions organized by blood cancer type for more individualized attention and the opportunity to meet fellow patients, survivors and oncology professionals. Amy Shaw, cancer survivorship expert from St. Joseph’s Health, will deliver a talk to the group.

“I believe education is a key component to empowering patients and helping them become more engaged, invested and involved as advocates for their own care,” said Jonas.

To register for the conference, visit bit.ly/bloodcancersacramento.

For media inquiries, contact Dorsey Griffith at dgriffith@ucdavis.edu or 916-734-9118.


UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 10,000 adults and children every year, and access to more than 150 clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 280 scientists at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Jackson Laboratory (JAX West), whose scientific partnerships advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Through the Cancer Care Network, UC Davis collaborates with a number of hospitals and clinical centers throughout the Central Valley and Northern California regions to offer the latest cancer care. Its community-based outreach and education programs address disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations. For more information, visit cancer.ucdavis.edu.