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Cancer Patients and Caregivers to Share Their 'Unplanned Journeys' at Anderson Network's 15th Annual Cancer Conference


Cancer Patients and Caregivers to Share Their 'Unplanned Journeys' at Anderson Network's 15th Annual Cancer Conference
M. D. Anderson News Release 06/23/03

When cancer happens, both patients and their families suddenly find themselves on an unplanned journey. Fortunately, there is an oasis along the way where travelers can pack some help and hope, understanding and support into their bags. The place is Anderson Network's Living Fully with Cancer Conference for patients and caregivers, Sept. 4-6, at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside in Houston.

With the theme, "The Unplanned Journey," the conference offers a suitcase load of health information, including a panel of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center's top medical experts; 24 breakout sessions addressing the latest in cancer treatments and side effects; and wellness workshops introducing a variety of complementary modalities intended to enhance the quality of life. There also will be a survivor panel, round-table discussions over lunch, line dancing and a Friday evening banquet with stand-up comedian and cancer survivor, Robert Schimmel.

Sept. 5, Bob Arnot, M.D., takes a break from his assignment as NBC special foreign correspondent to share the role he has played in the realm of health care over the last 30 years. He will be followed by Ted Kennedy Jr., a survivor of bone cancer, who found himself on this unplanned journey very early in life.

On Saturday, actress Marcia Wallace, the secretary on "The Bob Newhart  Show," will talk about her life both as a caregiver to her husband, who died of pancreatic cancer, and as a breast cancer patient. Closing the conference will be Bob Watson, the first African-American general manager in Major League Baseball and a survivor of prostate cancer.

The cost of the conference is $60 per person. It is open to all cancer patients, regardless of where treatment was received, as well as their family members and friends.

For more information, call the Anderson Network, a program of the Department of Volunteer Services at M. D. Anderson, at (713) 792-3457 or toll-free at (800) 345-6324.


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