Friends of Stony Stratford Library - What is Cancer talk

Venue: Online via ZoomOnline via Zoom
Date: 18 Nov 2020 - 18 Oct 2020
Time: 19:00

Stony Stratford Library logoOur next talk, to be delivered on Zoom, will be on November 18th when Monica Else will talk on the subject “What is Cancer”.

Here is how Monica describes the subject:

"What is Cancer?"
"A cancer is a group of cells which have undergone damage to their DNA such that they proliferate when they shouldn’t and/or fail to die when they should. 

What does this mean, in simple terms? And what does it tell us about the best approach to treatment? Come and find out! Cancer can have devastating consequences for affected individuals, their families and friends. But a clear understanding of what cancer is and how it works can make it easier to put aside unfounded worries and to manage the relevant decisions appropriately."

A brief note on Monica:
After her husband Roger was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), a type of blood cancer, Monica changed career completely and studied for an MSc in clinical research at Cranfield University. In 2004 she began work as a research scientist at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, where she still continues to specialise in chronic adult leukaemias within the division of molecular pathology. In 2006, as a member of the CLL working group of the National Cancer Research Institute, she joined in the task of analysing the outcomes for patients in a large CLL treatment trial, looking at how outcomes are affected by the differing genetic abnormalities present in each patient’s disease. To date, Monica has co-authored over 45 original research papers, helping to advance the treatment and scientific understanding of leukaemia. Her papers, which have been cited more than 3,000 times in peer reviewed journals, include the British and the international treatment guidelines for hairy cell leukaemia and the CLL international prognostic index. Monica is currently serving on the Data Safety Monitoring Board of a European CLL trial. Her husband Roger continues to do well.

If you would like to attend this talk, please let me know: I will send out the link to the zoom meeting at the beginning of the week commencing 16th November. I will also include guidance on joining the meeting. 

I do hope you will be able to attend. We are so lucky in Stony Stratford to have local people who can speak on such an amazing and interesting variety of subjects.


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