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"Living Fully with Cancer" Patient Conference to be held Sept. 6-8

"Living Fully with Cancer" Patient Conference to be held Sept. 6-8
M. D. Anderson News Release 07/16/01

Hundreds of cancer survivors from around Texas and the nation will gather this September with their families, friends and health care professionals at a conference that has become an annual celebration of survivorship.

Jerri Nielsen, the medical doctor stranded at the South Pole who performed her own biopsy for breast cancer and then administered the chemotherapy, will lead an illustrious group of keynote speakers. This includes cancer survivors: Hamilton Jordan, White House chief of staff during the Carter administration; Bob Losure, former prime-time anchor for CNN news; and Houstonian Ron Bliss, a pilot during the Vietnam War who spent 6-1/2 years as a POW and is today a partner in the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski.

In addition, Dr. John Mendelsohn, president of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, will head a panel of physicians and researchers who will field questions from the audience.

This annual event – sponsored by the Anderson Network, a unique patient support organization of the cancer center – also offers 27 different breakout sessions at which doctors, nurses and health care professionals will share the latest information on cancer research, treatment and care, as well as coping skills and ways to enhance quality of life. New this year are pre-conference Wellness Workshops on Thursday afternoon that offer a sampling of complementary and integrative medicine: yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, massage/aromatherapy and journaling.

A registration fee of $60 includes all sessions, meals and a Friday night banquet. Pre-conference activities begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, with a beach-party mixer (snacks and cash bar) at 7:00 p.m. and conclude with a Celebration of Life Birthday Party, complete with cake, balloons and prizes at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Just before it's all over, approximately 100 motorcycle enthusiasts will roar onto the scene, riding from the Texas Medical Center on Harley Davidsons and Hondas.

For more information about the Anderson Network or to register for the conference, call
(713) 792-2553 in Houston or toll free 1-800-345-6324.

Download a registration form.


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