International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma
The Meso Foundation annually hosts the International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma. This conference is geared to attendees from all walks of life, including patients and their families, advocates, medical professionals, and those who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma. The Symposium provides a setting for everyone in the meso community to come together and take part in both scientific sessions and community conversations.
The 2015 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma will be held March 2-4 at the National Institutes of Health and the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland. Check back soon for more information on the upcoming Symposium! You can also sign up for our e-newsletter to ensure you are notified when information about next year's Symposium is announced.
The 11th Symposium was held in March 2014 in the Washington, DC metro area. Some of the topics covered during the Symposium included pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, immunotherapy, post-surgical recovery, early detection, radiation oncology, chemo brain, survivorship, patient empowerment, caregiver conversations, nutrition and exercise, getting involved with the Meso Foundation, a "Celebration of Life" tribute ceremony, and more.
The Symposium also incorporates an Advocacy Day. At this year's Symposium, Advocacy Day began with presentations by government experts. Attendees then traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with their elected officials to educate them and to advocate for increased federal funding for mesothelioma.
Looking Back at the 2014 Symposium
During the Symposium, many sessions were made available online through a live stream from the Meso Foundation website. This ensured that those who were unable to attend the conference in person still had the opportunity to watch sessions and panels and take part in conversations. Videos of theses sessions are now available on the Meso Foundation's YouTube channel. Follow the link above or watch the whole playlist below!
During the 2012 Symposium, we had an impressive array of mesothelioma doctors on the sidelines answering any questions that couldn't be answered on stage. You can find those questions and answers, and a lot more, in our blogs: