Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's Pituitary Education Event
On April 12, 2019 the PNA participated in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s (MSKCC) first joint Physician/Patient Education Course, Update on the Treatment of Pituitary Diseases: Emerging Therapies, hosted at the Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center in Manhattan, New York City. The morning began with Breakfast hosted by MSKCC and proceeded to a full morning of information packed sessions pertaining to pituitary medicine. Eliza Geer, MD, Medical Director of MSKCC’s Pituitary & Skull Base Tumor Center did a session on Medical Therapy for Cushing’s and Ongoing Clinical Trials that gave the latest information available. As well, Shlomo Melmed, MD, ChB, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Medical Faculty & Professor of Medicine at Cedars Sinai Medical Center gave a compelling presentation on pituitary diseases. An international authority on pituitary medicine, he also spoke of the importance of being treated by experts in pituitary medicine in hospitals with pituitary centers, and he had research data to back it up.
After lunch, Jessica Diller Kovler, MA, AM, PhD©, a PNA board member and pituitary patient moderated two patient breakout sessions. Pituitary Tumor and Acromegaly was the first that Jessica moderated which included patient Mike Scalise, Author and patient, who read excerpts from his book, “The Brand New Catastrophe: A Memoir,” which chronicled his diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. His wit, humor, and realism inspired an empathetic discussion of the realities that Acromegalic patients face. It was so inspirational to hear patient comments, one who said that it meant so much to be with others who shared his same disorder, and how before that session he felt like he was the only one and that he was alone on his journey. The second session Jessica moderated was a time for patient discussion and focused on questions about patient experiences and how psycho-social aspects of their journey could be addressed. The last patient session of the day was a Q and A session with Dr. Geer before the course came to a close and MSKCC hosted a reception for physicians and patients to enjoy wine and Hors d'oeuvres.
It was an honor for PNA to be asked to participate in this informative event. We would like to thank our proud sponsors who made our participation possible.