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Nevada Cancer Control Summit

Nevada Cancer Control Summit

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September 16, 2019

Whitney Peak Hotel
Reno, Nevada

Hosted by Nevada Cancer Coalition, the Nevada Cancer Control Summit is a statewide conference featuring sessions on targeted topics across the cancer spectrum. The Summit brings together physicians, nurses, advocates, survivors, administrators, and more to share cutting-edge information, update practitioners on the latest topics in cancer care, and strengthen the coalition to further cancer control efforts in Nevada.

The Summit offers continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, cancer registry professionals, and oftentimes credits for other specialty areas. Click the CME/CE tab for updated credit information.


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2018 Summit Exhibitors and Sponsors

This conference is supported, in part, by exhibits in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support:

Platinum Level

Heath Foundation      Renown

Summit Tote Sponsor

Gold Level

MountainView Hospital

Seattle Genetics
Shire Oncology

Activity Sponsors

Nathan Adelson Hospice - Awards Luncheon Sponsor

Summerlin Hospital Medical Center - Awards Luncheon Sponsor

Eli Lilly Oncology - Exhibitor Bingo Sponsor

Silver Level

Astellas Oncology


Cure 4 The Kids



Nevada Oncology Society

Nevada Central Cancer Registry

Saint Mary's Center for Cancer

St. Rose Dominican Hospitals - Dignity Health

Taiho Oncology

Teva Oncology

Bronze Level



Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Daiichi Sankyo

Foundation Medicine

GI Consultants

Gilead Sciences

Guardant Health


Lexicon Pharmaceuticals

Nevada Health Centers


Registry Partners

TerSera Therapeutics

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through a grant by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health Nevada Central Cancer Registry, number 5NU58DP006306-01. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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7 - 8 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Exhibits  
8 - 9 a.m.


Cari Herington, MBA

CAR-T Therapies

Robert Negrin, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Stanford University

9 - 10 a.m.

Liquid Biopsy

Philip C. Mack, PhD
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Registry Workshop

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR 

10 - 10:30 a.m. Break & Exhibits


10:30 - 11 a.m.

Nevada Central Cancer Registry Update

Christine Pool, Nevada Central Cancer Registry

Registry Workshop

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR 

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Controlled Substance Abuse Panel Discussion

Leslie Hunter-Johnson, DNP, MSN, AGPNCP-BC, RN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, CHPN, Director of Hospice and Palliative Care, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center

Darla Zarley, PharmD, Nevada State Board of Pharmacy

Registry Workshop

Denise Harrison, BS, CTR

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Summit Awards
Sponsored by

Nathan Adelson Hospice and Summerlin Hospital Medical Center

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Myths and Facts of Cancer Treatment

Anu Thummala, MD, Hematology and Oncology
Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada

Primary Care: Genetics

R. Nathan Slotnick, MD, PhD, Director of Medical Genetics, Renown Institute for Cancer 

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break & Exhibits  
2:30 -3:30 p.m.

New Therapies in Leukemia

Lauren Zion, PharmD, BCOP, BCPS, CCRP,
Oncology Pharmacy Clinical Specialist, Renown Health

Primary Care: 

Lung Cancer Prevention / Cessation

Maria Azzarelli, EMHA, CHES, Southern Nevada Health District

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

PARP Inhibitors

Kimberly McGregor, MD, Medical Oncology and Hematology,
St. Mary's Medical Center (Grand Junction, CO)

Primary Care: 

HPV/Head & Neck Cancers

Christina Demopoulos, DDS, MPH, UNLV School of Dental Medicine

Read more about our Summit speakers here.

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Continuing Education Credit

The Summit offers continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, cancer registry professionals, and oftentimes credits for other specialty areas, through the University of Nevada, Reno Office of Continuing Medical Education. 

Continuing Education Credit

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit for nurses. 

An application has been submitted to the National Cancer Registrars Association. Determination of credit is pending.

CME Accreditation and Designation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the Nevada Cancer Coalition. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians. 

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 hours AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 6.25 hours of nursing continuing education credit. 

This program provides 1 CME credit towards the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners' requirement for continuing medical education credit in ethics, pain management, and/or addiction care.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review current evidence-based strategies for biomarker-driven targeted therapies in advanced NSCLC
  • Understand NRS and NAC 457 pertaining to Nevada cancer reporting
  • Differentiate analgesic stacking from multi-modal therapy
  • Describe the health and economic burden of tobacco use in Nevada
  • Identify issues associated with coding primary site
  • Clarify how to choose the correct AJCC chapter for unknown primaries of the head and neck
  • Describe the relationship between HPV and oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) and the role of the HPV vaccine and disease prevention within an appropriate clinical context
  • Be aware of the current efforts in somatic genotyping and personalized cancer therapies
  • And more.
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Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities

WE ARE FULL! Thank you to all of this year's sponsors and exhibitors. If you would like to be added to the interest list for support of next year's Summit please email

Exhibitors and sponsors of the Nevada Cancer Control Summit help to support NCC's efforts to provide continuing education opportunities to our members and connect them with other individuals and organizations working in the fields of oncology and cancer control. Opportunities range from $750 at the Bronze level to $5,000 at the Platinum level, and additional opportunities can be tailored to meet your goals. 

Download the 2018 Sponsor and Exhibitor Packet to review opportunities. 

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Early bird registration for the 2019 Nevada Cancer Control Summit will open in April 2019.

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Whitney Peak Hotel RoomAccommodations are offered at 255 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89501. Watch for room rate and booking information in April 2019.

Whitney Peak is Reno's first and only non-gaming, non-smoking, independent hotel. 



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2018 Summit Award Winners

Community Champion Awards
Linda Rittenburg, BSN, RN and Lynn Hanssen, RN
Colleen Petrosky
Community Program Award
Renown’s Advance Directives Workshops
Sun Smart Superstar
Bjorn Berg, MS
Advocacy Award
Teresa Benitez-Thompson
Healthcare Partners of the Year
Organization: Cure 4 The Kids
Navigator: Charmian Lykins, MPH, RN, OCN
Physician: Christina Alsop, DNP
NVCRA Registry Award
Carmen Ponce, MD, MPH
Pinnacle Award
Karen Sartell, MA, CCRP

Special thanks to our Summit Awards Luncheon sponsors: 

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Presentation Slides

Supplements for Controlled Substance Abuse Panel Discussion