Aspen Making Cancer History® Seminar marks 20th anniversary

Free event highlights mind-body connection, shares latest in treating, detecting and preventing cancer

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will host its 20th annual Making Cancer History® seminar in Aspen, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday, July 23 at Aspen Meadows Resort’s Paepcke Auditorium, 1000 N. Third St. The event is free and open to the public.

As a token of appreciation for the Aspen community’s support over the past two decades, MD Anderson also will provide an outdoor yoga activity, 8:30-9:30 a.m. July 23, with registration open at 8 a.m. Yoga for Health, led by Smitha Mallaiah, a mind-body intervention specialist in MD Anderson’s Department of Integrative Medicine, will feature a gentle form of therapeutic yoga including stretching, breathing, relaxation and meditation practices. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat and towel. Light, healthy refreshments will be available after the session.

The seminar will introduce MD Anderson’s new president to the Aspen community, and he will share his perspective on the institution’s mission to end cancer. Presentations will focus on lung cancer, HPV-related cancers, and the benefits of integrative medicine in improving patients’ physical, mental and emotional well-being. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10 a.m. Presenters include:

  • Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president
  • John Heymach, M.D., professor and chair, Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
  • Erich Sturgis, M.D., professor, Head and Neck Surgery
  • Wenli Liu, M.D., associate professor, Integrative Medicine

“Over the past 20 years, the Aspen community has shown tremendous commitment to our mission to end cancer,” said Pisters. “The Making Cancer History® Seminar is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and share potentially lifesaving, practice-changing advances in cancer research, patient care, education and prevention. We hope this information will be a valuable resource to our friends in Aspen.”

A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

The program will conclude at 12 p.m. Seating and on-site parking are limited. Participants are encouraged to use public transportation, or walk or bike to Aspen Meadows. Casual attire is encouraged.