Wednesday, June 9, 2010

ASCO in Chicago (Part One)

ASCO is the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which held its annual meeting last week at McCormick Place in Chicago, 30,000 strong. Don was there as a guest of the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), to observe the information presented by the many speakers, and to blog about it from the perspective of an ordinary patient. Yay for the IMF! And thank you.

Don's reports on ASCO:

At the conference exhibits, Don pointed to the lighted graph which showed Pomalidomide patients in a drug trial.
"This is me, right here," he said.

Now my super little Canon camera is taking blurry pictures like I was storing it in a bucket of water. Sigh. . . .
Non-blurry pictures may have been taken by Sweet Pea, or by Don or even by Don with his phone camera.

McCormick Convention Center is enormous and awesome.
There is a two lane bus route from downtown to the Center, no passing, no exits or entrances, just straight out to where you want to be: expediently.

30,000 folks is a CITY! Twelve bus routes, with 15 buses on each, picking up and dropping people off, back and forth all day and evening.
Below is the list of hotel stops for just one of the routes.

After reading Cancer Girl's blog for some time we appreciated the opportunity to meet Karen and her husband Jay.
We recommend her delightful ASCO reports:


Amytrigirl (aka Amybee) said...

McCormick Plaza is an amazing place, but I'll bet the conference was even more amazing! Sounds like you and Don had a great time in the windy city and learned/shared a lot of great info with others. Did you get a chance to run the lakeshore? (One of my fav runs...)

A Plain Observer said...

woooow, did that conference draw that many people or were there many other conferences? that is amazing!
It is also amazing the progress that has been made and also scary the progress that still needs to be made.
Thanks for sharing the links

Sunshine said...

Oh yes, we all ran, plus Sweet Pea and I did lots of walking too.
Love it in Chicago.
And yes, so many thousands of doctors.. and so far yet to go.