Cancer survivors, as well as their families, friends and caregivers will gather at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center on April 28th to learn about the long-term health and lifestyle issues associated with cancer survivorship. The event is sponsored by Cancer Support Now, Inc., an Albuquerque-based group dedicated to providing survivor-to-survivor support and information to cancer survivors and their loved ones and caregivers.
The event will feature speakers from all over the country, including Julia Rowland, PhD, the director of the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS) in Bethesda, Maryland; Susan Leigh, RN, an oncology nurse who is herself a long-term survivor of multiple cancers and a nationally recognized speaker on survivorship issues; Melanie Royce, MD, PhD, a renowned breast cancer expert based at the UNM Cancer Center; and Jeffrey Lewine, PhD, a professor at the Mind Research Network, who will speak about the cognitive effects of cancer treatment. Rowland and Leigh are also the co-founders of The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, a group dedicated to providing cancer survivors with as many resources as possible and advocating for cancer care policy at a national level.
The all-day conference will also include break-out sessions focusing on topics like the cognitive effects of cancer treatment, sexual dysfunction and lymphedema (swelling of arms or legs due to lymph blockages).
As the number of people in the US who are living extended periods of time after a cancer diagnosis has risen (11.9 million in 2008, or 4% of the population), so has the need to address the issues surrounding the long-term effects of both cancer and its treatment. Nationally, the OCS has supported different programs that explore the various impacts of cancer and its treatment on survivors and their families since 1996. The OCS also promotes research that investigates interventions: lifestyle habits or other practices that may improve quality of life after cancer treatment. Locally, the UNM Cancer Center provides support for cancer survivors and their families through ongoing patient and family support groups, as well as referrals to cancer support and advocacy groups throughout New Mexico. Contact Anjanette Cureton at (505) 925-0104 for more information.
Participation in the conference is open to cancer survivors and their family members, as well as cancer care providers and others who have supported survivors during treatment. Cost is $10 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and a one-year membership in Cancer Support Now. Scholarships are available. Please register in advance.
Members of the media who wish to cover the event are welcome to do so; please make advance arrangements with the media contact below.
Anjanette Cureton, UNM Cancer Center, (505) 925-0104
When: April 28, 2012; 8am-4pm
Where: UNM Cancer Center, 1201 Camino de Salud, Albuquerque, NM, 87102
To Register: Please call 505-307-3414
More Information: www.cancersupportnow.org
About Cancer Support Now, Inc.
Cancer Support Now, Inc. is a membership-based nonprofit organization created by cancer survivors to build and sustain an active community of people whose lives have been affected by cancer diagnoses. Through this community, Cancer Support Now, Inc. strives to create opportunities for those facing cancer to give and receive support through peer-facilitated support groups and one-on-one interactions. Cancer Support Now, Inc. also provides education and information aimed at helping cancer survivors make prudent decisions about their care.