Session Abstract – PMWC 2017 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: Scientists and investors get excited about breakthrough science. Patients and the people who care about them get excited about knocking back a cancer with effectiveness never before dreamed possible. They have memorable stories to tell that will inspire you and remind you of why you devoted yourself to science in the first place.

Speaker Profile

MBA, Co-Founder/Chief Operating Officer, Patient Power LLC
Biography

Esther Schorr is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Patient Power, a leading online channel for cancer patients and family members. She has worked with her spouse, Andrew, on patient and family education projects for more than 30 years. She has supported him in his cancer journey since diagnosis in Seattle in April 1996. Esther is passionate about empowering “care partners” and is a strong believer that education leads to empowerment and better care. Most recently, she has been developing a Care Partner Center on the patientpower.info to help connect care partners with each other for support and information sharing, as well as surface resources to help care partners navigate their special role in the healthcare and advocacy journey. Esther’s experience as a business and marketing consultant and project manager spans high technology, finance, hospitality, not-for-profit, and health care sectors. Esther has an undergraduate degree in communications and an MBA, both from UCLA.

Speaker Profile

Stage 4 Lung Cancer Survivor, Patient Advocate
Biography

I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer in June of 2009. Since then I have undergone radiation and chemotherapy for the lung cancer, and Genzar for metastasis to my liver. I started on Tarceva in January of 2010 and it kept me stable for over six years. In November of 2015 after a new tumor was discovered in my left lung, I underwent genomic sequencing. I decided on Opdivo and again have stable disease after 23 infusions. In November of 2016 a lung bleb collapsed my right lung which required a Vat’s procedure and a Talc procedure to correct. After these procedures, my lung looked normal and a biopsy of the tissue showed no sign of cancer. I met Penny Blume the love of my life on a cancer web site in 2011. Penny passed from small cell lung cancer on 1-21-2014, my last promise to her was to continue to advocate for lung cancer research and awareness.

Speaker Profile

Stage IV Lung Cancer Survivor, Patient Advocate
Biography

Lisa Goldman is a lung cancer survivor and patient advocate from the San Francisco Bay Area. She was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014 after being misdiagnosed with irritated airways and pneumonia. Lisa has a passion for educating others about lung cancer and writes about her journey with lung cancer in her blog, EveryBreathITake. Along with fighting against misunderstanding about lung cancer, she enjoys her time as a wife, mother, blogger and cyclist/Pilates instructor.