On December 3-5, the Ruesch Center for the Cure for Gastrointestinal Cancers is planning a “Fighting a Smarter War on Cancer” symposium, and would like student volunteers to get involved with the event. Registration to attend the conference is free to all students. For students who wish to volunteer should also contact Rebecca Holliman. The center will do its best to enable volunteers to attend sessions with content that they are interested in, as well as offer them a volunteering certificate of thanks and verification of their volunteer hours. Students can volunteer for individual sessions, or for all three days. We encourage students who wish to volunteer to sign up by November 15th.

Student volunteers would be helping patients access the information they need to manage their disease and would be helping cancer researchers and healthcare providers to fight a smarter war on cancer. Further, volunteering is a good opportunity for students who may be interested in our Summer Internship Program to let us get to know them and to explore the Ruesch Center. The Ruesch Summer Internship Program is a community outreach project that offers undergraduate and medical students the opportunity to support the research and patient care provided at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The symposium features a policy briefing hosted by PhRMA, discussions on:immunotherapy treatments for GI cancer, the role of molecular profiling in GI cancer, and measuring outcomes in GI cancer, an advocacy panel, and a patient symposium day.

The Ruesch Center is a global pioneer unmatched by any other GI cancer program. The Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers, at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, and its multi-disciplinary healthcare team, are uniquely positioned to change the paradigm of personalized medicine for patients with GI cancers.Together, we fight a smarter war against cancer through innovative translational research, providing genetically-based, molecular-tailored treatment and care, and evidence-based pathways that are leading to individualized cures.