[Illinois] Cancer Community Symposium 2012: Speaking Up: The Patient Push for Accelerating Progress in Cancer Research

By Leslie Hammersmith

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

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Medical research empowers us to fight cancer, and advocacy empowers us to ensure that it addresses the needs of people affected by cancer. Advocacy helps us get through our cancer experiences, stand up for all people affected by cancer and gain a feeling of control over our own healthcare. Young Survival Coalition has staked out a powerful role as the voice for young women affected by breast cancer. Our Champaign-Urbana affiliate supports young women in Central Illinois through their breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and we actively work to become educated cancer research advocates so that we can help all young women and end cancer for all people. We work to raise awareness and make improvements on issues of unique importance to young women. Survivors have been instrumental in shaping cancer research studies by helping to define which questions researchers need to address in order to improve the standard of care and quality of life issues most important to us. Educated advocates provide a necessary perspective, making sure researchers think about how their work helps us. This talk discusses the connections between cancer survivorship, cancer research and accelerating our progress towards ending cancer.

Cancer Community At Illinois Symposium 2012

April 5-6, 2012: Connecting patient care, research, and scientific advancement

Symposium Premise
This on-campus research symposium aims to bring together members of campus and the surrounding community to foster interdisciplinary discussions on cancer research and its affects on patient care. In order to increase understanding and awareness, we will discuss in an open forum with research talks, poster presentations, and panel discussions. We invite community members, clinicians, and researchers from UIUC and other Midwest regional institutions from departments ranging from the social sciences to basic sciences to engineering and medicine.
The symposium features invited talks from nationally-recognized cancer researchers, oral presentations from UIUC faculty and students, and poster sessions. We encourage student researchers from UIUC and from other regional schools to apply (travel awards are available).

About CC@I Symposium
The Cancer Community at Illinois (CC@I) Symposium is organized by a group of students on the University of Illinois campus to bridge the areas of social science, basic sciences to engineering and medicine as they relate to cancer. The symposium mission is to: 1) Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and understanding that transcends established departmental affiliation; 2) Foster an increased understanding of the social and environmental factors affecting patients; and 3) Develop unique vantage points afforded by interactive dialogue between and among the various cancer research disciplines. In order to accomplish this, the symposium will engage the local patient community through use of the nascent social and support efforts of the Mills Breast Cancer Institute, Carle Hospital, and regional clinical collaborators.
If you are interested in other CC@I events or the program in general, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Leslie Hammersmith is the eLearning Analyst in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has over 14 years of experience in higher education and faculty development in educational technologies. Leslie is trained in Cancer Research Advocacy and is a Patient Advocate with Carle Cancer Center, where she reviews cancer research protocols. In 2009 Leslie was one of the founders of the Champaign-Urbana Affiliate of Young Survival Coalition, the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Under her leadership, YSC C-U has grown to a recognized community organization to support young women facing breast cancer in Central Illinois. Leslie has participated in programs from Reasearch Advocacy Network and AACR Scientist Survivor Program, and continues to pursue professional development in advocacy.

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