Education is a main focus for No Stomach For Cancer. NFSC educational goals include:
- Help individuals and families recognize their risks for stomach cancer
- Support medical professionals in identifying families at risk in time for preventive actions
- Sponsor Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
- Create programs for people to promote greater awareness and prevention within their communities
- Stimulate and expand interest in genetic cancers
- Promote family health history efforts and encourage genetic counseling at every early opportunity
Spotlight on Gastric Cancer Program
The Annual Spotlight on Gastric Cancer is a great opportunity for those in the Stomach Cancer community, the medical community, and the general public to come together to learn more about gastric cancer, and hereditary forms of gastric cancer (its history, current state, and future hopes) from expert researchers, patients and caregivers. Delivered by a panel of experts and members of the community, the Spotlight on Gastric Cancer program presents perspectives from and treatments for people living with stomach cancer. Experts can include professionals knowledgeable in genetic counseling, gastroenterology, surgery, oncology, pathology and nutrition.
2017 Spotlight Program
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Location: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center | Seattle, WA
Topics: We are currently working on the topics for next year's Spotlight. Please come back often to this page to learn of new developments.
Program: Coming soon.
2016 Spotlight Program
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Location: Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center’s Albert Owens Auditorium - Baltimore MD
Topics: Signs, symptoms and workup of Gastric Cancer When Acid Reducers Just Aren’t Working: Endoscopy Inside and Out. Flexible Endoscopic Surgery for Stomach Cancer, Which Wave Comes First: Chemotherapy, Radiation or Gastric Surgery?, Clinical Trials, Genetics, Making a Painless Decision about Palliative Care and Hospice
Program: View and download the program here.
2015 Spotlight Program
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Location: Temple University Center City, Philadelphia, PA
Topic: Dr. Parry Guilford travels from New Zealand to discuss Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer: The past, the present, and hope for the future. Dr. Guilford’s work with a Maori tribe led to the discovery of the CDH1 gene mutation.
Program: Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer: The past, the present, and hope for the future
Media recorded by Temple University School of Media and Communication, Department of Media Studies and Production.
2014 Spotlight Program
Date: August 9, 2014
Location: Devens Common Center, Fort Devens, MA
Topic: Current perspectives and treatments for people living with gastric cancer; people living with Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC), their families, friends and health care professionals.
Program: Gastric Cancer
Awareness and Education
NSFC Board Member Beth Lambert raises awareness for stomach cancer at every available opportunity. While much of her teaching is done informally through conversations in the doctor’s office or at a social gathering, Beth and her brother Mike Walsh also speak formally to medical groups and the public.
- Genetic Counseling Graduate Program Winter Conference, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
- Graduate Nursing Genetics Course, UMASS Medical School, Worcester, MA
- Grafton High School Health Class, Grafton, MA
Inherited Cancer Syndromes
The Ministry Health Organization of Wisconsin sponsored a series of three physician education program entitled “Addressing the Myths and Finding Your Patients: Inherited Cancer Syndromes.” Presented by Christina Zalewski, MS, Genetics Counselor at Marshfield Clinic of Marshfield, Wisconsin, the program was well-received by more than 40 physicians and other medical providers in the Ministry system.
Held in three cities throughout Wisconsin, the series was developed as the result of advocacy by Cindy Chelcun of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, toward expanding education about Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer Syndrome (HDGC).
Quinnipiac University Lectures
Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut incorporated a Genomics course into its Physician Assistant training curriculum. The course teaches students about genetically-inherited diseases and conditions and when to refer patients for genetic counseling based on their risk factors and family history.
In 2008 and 2010, Johanna Chelcun, MHS, PA-C presented live lectures on Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer as part of the gastrointestinal section of the genomics course. Her 2008 lecture was the first time that HDGC had been incorporated into the curriculum at Quinnipiac.
Each year, approximately 40-50 new graduates are now armed with basic knowledge and awareness of HDGC as they embark on their new careers in the medical field.