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Cancer Survivorship Conference, Sept. 19-20

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Shannon Miller is the most decorated gymnast in American history.

She’s ranked among the Top 10 gymnasts of all time and is the only female athlete inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame twice. She’s earned 59 international and 49 national competition medals, more than half of them gold. In 1996, she led the “Magnificent Seven” to the first-ever U.S. women’s team gold, and won a gold medal on the balance beam, another first for American gymnastics.

In 2011, Miller was diagnosed with a malignant germ cell tumor, a rare form of ovarian cancer. After completing treatment, she has continued to advocate for women’s health and fitness through a series of wellness programs and a weekly radio talk show.

Miller will headline MD Anderson’s 26th annual Anderson Network Cancer Survivorship Conference Sept. 19-20 at the Omni Westside, 13210 Katy Freeway.

The conference is open to all who want to learn more about the issues cancer survivors face, meet and share with other survivors, take wellness classes and have fun.

Thanks to MD Anderson, sponsors and individual donors, the cost of the conference is just $60 for early registrants, and includes all meals, activities and self-parking.

Registration is available online until Monday, Sept. 12. After that, participants pay $70 at the door on the day of the conference.

Speakers, breakout sessions, medical panel

The conference includes nearly two dozen informative breakout sessions, including:

    • Symptom management and quality of life
    • Navigating the world of insurance and health care reform
    • Diet and exercise for cancer survivors
    • Worry and fear after cancer
    • The patient-caregiver dynamic
    • Survivorship and employment

The popular medical panelists will present an overview of their research and answer questions from the audience. The panel includes Ronald DePinho, M.D., president of MD Anderson; Patrick Hwu, M.D., chair of Melanoma Medical Oncology; and Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Systems Biology.

© 2015 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center