2nd ILC Symposium May 14-16, 2020 Includes Advocates

The Second International Lobular Breast Cancer Symposium will be held May 14-16, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA.  Researchers, health care professionals and advocates from around the world will come together to share research on lobular breast cancer, collaborate and discuss ways to better understand lobular breast cancer and refine and advance therapies for patients.

Learn about the ILC Symposium and Register for Advocacy Bootcamp and the Symposium

The first day of the Symposium May 14th will focus on advocate education with a Lobular Advocacy Boot Camp from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The ILC research portion of the symposium will begin the evening of May 14th and feature a day and a half of scientific talks and presentations about the latest discoveries in the laboratories and the progress being made in the clinic, including keynote talks from Dr. Christine Desmedt (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium) and Dr. Tari A. King (Dana-Farber-Cancer Institute, Boston, USA)*

Lobular Advocacy Boot Camp May 14, 2020 

Advocate Boot Camp Detailed Agenda

The Symposium will lead off with a day focused on advocate education organized by the Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance. Lobular Advocate Boot Camp will be a day of learning tailored to patients, caregivers and others interested in learning about lobular breast cancer and how they can help advance lobular research and educate others about this disease.

During the day-long boot camp, advocates will learn about lobular breast cancer, lobular breast cancer research and different ways they can get involved in effective advocacy to advance research and educate about lobular breast disease.

How to participate as an Advocate 

Advocates can REGISTER and attend in two ways:

  • Register for the one-day May 14 advocate-centered Lobular Advocacy Boot Camp, keynote and reception ($25)
  • Register and attend the full three-day Symposium May 14 – 16 ($50)

Advocates needing assistance with travel costs can apply for limited number of LBCA Sponsored Travel Scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions

* Expectations of advocate attendees at the Bootcamp and Symposium

Advocates can register and attend the scientific portions of the symposium, however they are expected to respect the standard guidelines for advocate participation at scientific and medical events and refrain from asking personal medical questions or for personal medical advice of any attendees either individually or in Q&A sessions.

Who can register for and attend the Symposium as an advocate?

An advocate can be a patient, caregiver, family member or interested volunteer who wants to learn more about lobular breast cancer and use that knowledge to advance research, educate or help others impacted by lobular breast disease.   Learn more about Research Advocacy and Education Advocacy.

What should advocates expect at the Scientific Portion of the Symposium?

The scientific portion of the 2nd International Lobular Breast Cancer Symposium begins the night of May 14 and goes through mid-day May 16thThe studies and discussion presented at the scientific portion of the symposium will be tailored to audiences with a science or medical background.  Advocate Boot Camp presentations on the day of May 14th will be presented in a manner appropriate to all advocates regardless of health or science background.

Are travel stipends available to assist advocates with travel costs?

The Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance is offering limited travel scholarships available for advocates traveling from within the US outside of the Pittsburgh area or visiting internationally.  Advocates must apply for these travel stipends by February 15th 2020 and will be notified of acceptance no later than March 10, 2020.  Learn more and apply for an ILC advocate travel scholarship.

Where can I learn more?

Email info@lobularbreastcancer.org with questions about lobular advocacy and the advocacy boot camp and the advocacy travel scholarships.

Contact Nadine Ryan for ILC2020 Symposium logistics questions including registration and accommodation, and Dr. Jagmohan Hooda for questions about the symposium program and abstract submission.