TAMPA, Fla. – On his birthday in June 2013 after waking up in the middle of the night with stomach cramps and passing blood clots, Rick Thompson finally went to the emergency room where tests revealed kidney cancer. The diagnosis was overwhelming for the 67-year-old Orlando resident, but Moffitt Cancer Center is giving him a second chance at life. Moffitt, along with the National Kidney Foundation of Florida, is hosting a free kidney cancer educational workshop on Nov. 21 geared toward people like Thompson.
Moffitt Cancer Center and the National Kidney Foundation of Florida will co-host the Kidney Cancer Patient Education Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Moffitt’s Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, 12902 Magnolia Drive. The event, led by genitourinary surgeon Philippe Spiess and other leading experts, is free to patients, survivors and caregivers.
The day will consist of educational sessions addressing topics including treatments, surgical options, and management of a kidney cancer diagnosis. A patient panel will take place midday, and survivor stories will be shared at the end of the event.
Thompson hopes others will join him for the kidney cancer workshop, which he will attend with his wife. It’s an opportunity to learn more about the disease from renowned experts, including his own Moffitt oncologist. “My experience was most overwhelming. Every time I came to Moffitt, I looked forward to it with great anticipation. It was so moving to see the care, attention and compassion offered to patients going through such a difficult time in their lives.”
Thompson, along with other patients, will tell their stories of survival and will be available to answer questions from the audience. Patients, caregivers and survivors will have the opportunity to ask the doctors questions during the workshop so that they can be better informed on the disease.
There will be morning and afternoon breaks. Attendees will also be provided with a light lunch and refreshments. To register for this event, click here.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 45 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $1.9 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.