Learn about the basics of cancer immunotherapy, a highly promising new approach to cancer treatment. Meical experts along with patients who have been treated with immunotherapy will discuss how research and patient participation in clinical trials is helping us get closer to cures for all types of cancer. Space is limited, so register today!

People of all ages and cancer types are invited to attend this FREE half-day Saturday event. Caregivers, friends, family, and advocates are also encouraged to join.


9:00am | Registration and networking

10:00am | Welcome by the Cancer Research Institute

10:15am | Learn the Basics of Immunotherapy – Andrew Sikora, M.D., Ph.D. (Baylor)

10:45am | Expert panel: Immunotherapy research updates, moderated by Andrew Sikora, M.D., Ph.D. (Baylor) with Renata Ferrarotto, M.D. (MDACC); Jim Allison, Ph.D. (MDACC); Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D. (MDACC); Cassian Yee, M.D. (MDACC)

11:30am | Patient perspective: Hear a patient who recieved immunotherapy

12:00pm | Lunch and networking

1:00pm | Learn about clinical trials

1:15pm | Patient panel: Hear directly from patients who have participated in immunotherapy clinical trials

2:15pm | Breakout sessions: Your choice of moderated, deeper dive discussions and Q&A with our experts in immunotherapy for:

  • head and neck cancers, Renata Ferrarotto, M.D. (MDACC)
  • genitourinary cancers, moderated by Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D. (MDACC)
  • melanoma, moderated by Cassian Yee, M.D. (MDACC)
  • general immunotherapy, moderated by Andrew Sikora, M.D., Ph.D. (Baylor)

3:30pm | Program close

Appointments with clinical trial navigators will be available throughout the day to help you find immunotherapy clinical trials, connect with study sites, and answer questions. The service is free and completely confidential. Indicate your interest for an appointment on the registration page.

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