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14th Annual Cancer Patient Conference Emphasizes Hope, Healthy Eating Habits and Humor

14th Annual Cancer Patient Conference Emphasizes Hope, Healthy Eating Habits and Humor
M. D. Anderson News Release 06/07/02

Olympian Scott Hamilton didn't want anything to end what he loved most in life - figure skating. Then, he woke up one morning on a road trip and couldn't stand up straight. In the next city, he went to the hospital. The diagnosis was testicular cancer.

This is part of the personal story he will share with cancer patients, their caregivers and health care professionals at Anderson Network's Living Fully with Cancer annual patient conference, Sept. 12-14, at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside in Houston, Texas.

The Anderson Network, a volunteer patient support organization, is a program of the Department of Volunteer Services at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Its mission is to offer hope, support and understanding patient-to-patient and caregiver-to-caregiver.

With a theme of hope, "I Believe I Can Fly," the conference also features keynote speakers: health columnist for The New York Times and breast cancer survivor, Jane Brody; renowned author, television personality and prostate cancer survivor, Les Brown; and energetic nutrition expert, Dr. Mark Moyad.  Actor Lois Chiles of "The Great Gatsby" and "Moonraker" fame who experienced breast cancer takes part in a survivors' panel led by Houston's Channel 13 news anchor Shara Fryer, recently diagnosed with colon cancer.

The conference begins with Wellness Workshops, a sampler of complementary and integrative modalities, such as yoga, tai chi, journaling, aromatherapy, massage and meditation, followed by a kick-off mixer with a picnic theme and live music in the evening.

Throughout the conference will be a series of breakout sessions that deal with a wide range of subjects from pain management to controversies in cancer research, fatigue, what lab test results mean, end-of-life issues and how to get the most out of your doctor's visit. A panel of medical experts from M. D. Anderson will discuss the latest developments in cancer research.

For reservations or information, call (713) 792-2553 or 1-800-345-6324. Registration is $60 and includes all activities and meals. The conference agenda, registration form, break-out sessions and wellness workshop information is available online.


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