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Cancer Survivorship Conference Features Integrative Medicine Expert

Network - Summer 2010

What can you do to prevent cancer, or a recurrence of cancer?

Beyond the well-worn advice to quit smoking, maintain a healthy weight and wear sunscreen, evidence is mounting that other fairly simple lifestyle choices might be effective in staving off cancer.

This encouraging message will kick off the 22nd annual Anderson Network Cancer Survivorship Conference Sept. 24-25 at the Omni Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway in Houston.

Keynote speaker Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., will advise participants to take their health into their own hands by exercising more often, switching to a plant-based diet, avoiding environmental contaminants and reducing stress by meditating, practicing yoga and trying other forms of complementary medicine.

Professor and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson, Cohen is also conducting clinical trials examining how psychosocial interventions may reduce the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improve patients' quality of life.

He replaces original keynote speaker David Servan-Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D.

Please join us for this year’s conference to learn more about the issues cancer survivors face, to meet and share with other survivors, to take wellness classes and have fun.

Speakers, breakout sessions, medical panel

Open to all cancer patients, their families and caregivers, the conference includes nearly two dozen informative breakout sessions, including:

  • navigating the world of health insurance,
  • the ins and outs of bone marrow transplantation,
  • cancer and its relation to bone health, 
  • hereditary cancer syndromes and genetic testing, 
  • body image concerns, and 
  • integrative oncology and the power of lifestyle change.

MD Anderson President John Mendelsohn, M.D., will lead the popular medical panel on Saturday morning.

On Saturday afternoon, Gail Goodwin and Jeffrey Weinberg, M.D., will share the story of Goodwin’s diagnosis with brain cancer in 2009 and the surgery and treatment that followed. Titled “She Had Her Head Examined: A Patient and Her Surgeon Share the Inside Story,” the talk will feature Goodwin’s observations on the experience of going from being an MD Anderson employee to a patient.

Thanks to MD Anderson, sponsors and individual donors, the cost of the conference is just $50 for early registrants, which includes all meals, activities and self-parking.

Registration is available online until Sept. 17. After that date, participants may pay $60 at the door on the day of the conference.

For more information or to register, check the conference website or call 713-792-2553 in Houston, 800-345-6324 toll free.

The Anderson Network, an organization with support and educational services for patients/survivors, their families and caregivers, is a program of the Department of Volunteer Services.


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