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    • Dr Agarwala Chairs 2010 Melanoma Symposium

Dr Agarwala Chairs 2010 Melanoma Symposium

St. Luke's Melanoma Expert Chairs Seventh International Melanoma Symposium

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Sanjiv Agarwala, MD, Chairs Symposium for Seventh Consecutive Year

Bethlehem, PA (2/11/2010) - Medical oncologist and melanoma expert Sanjiv S. Agarwala, MD, Chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology for St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network and a member of the St. Luke's Cancer Center, will serve as program director for the Seventh International Symposium on Melanoma and Other Cutaneous Malignancies on March 12 and 13 in New York City.

Dr. Agarwala is chairing the symposium for the seventh consecutive year since its inception in 2004.

Premier Melanoma Meeting for Clinicians and Researchers

“This international melanoma symposium is the premier meeting for clinicians and researchers interested in melanoma worldwide and serves as a forum for presentations on cutting-edge research and discussion of tough clinical problems related to melanoma and other skin cancers,” said Dr. Agarwala. “Interactive case-based sessions with presenting faculty will offer expert insights into the disease process, leading clinical practices and promising new therapies. To me, it is an honor and a privilege to chair this meeting.”

The symposium will feature presentations from melanoma experts from throughout the United States, Germany and The Netherlands and is presented by Physicians' Education Resource in conjunction with St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network in Bethlehem, PA.

Comprehensive Overview of State-of-the-Art Care

The symposium offers comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art care, according to Dr. Agarwala. This year's topics include current risk assessment factors and diagnostic technologies; new prognostic and predictive biomarkers with clinical potential for individualizing treatment; and promising emergent systemic immunotherapies, targeted therapies and regional therapies for advanced melanoma and other cutaneous malignancies.

The program is directed primarily toward medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiation oncologists and dermatologists. Fellows, nurses, physicians assistants, pharmacists, researchers and other health care professionals who are interested in the treatment of melanoma and other cutaneous malignancies are also invited to attend.

Registration information for the symposium may be obtained at, by email to or by calling Physicians' Education Resource toll free at 1-888-949-0045.

More About Dr. Agarwala

Dr. Agarwala is an internationally recognized investigator in the field of melanoma and immunotherapy. He presents nationally and internationally on melanoma and is a member of the Melanoma Core Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). In addition, he is an Associate Professor of Cancer Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Agarwala has published a variety of therapeutic approaches to melanoma and has led promising clinical trials in immunotherapy and targeted therapy of melanoma. He recently co-authored a book Melanoma: Translational Research and Emerging Therapies that helps bridge the gap between research and clinical approaches to melanoma therapy.

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