Adult Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness 2013

Keynote Debra Jarvis

June 1, 2013

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event on Saturday, June 1, 2013. This free event featured a keynote address by Debra Jarvis, a breast cancer survivor, an award winning author, and former hospital chaplain. She is the author of several books; most recently It’s Not About the Hair: And Other Certainties of Life & Cancer  which was finalist for the 2009 Washington State Book Awards. She frequently speaks at conferences discussing survivorship, spirituality and finding meaning in life’s challenges.

The event also featured breakout sessions led by experts in the fields of nutrition, complementary medicine, exercise, fatigue and energy, relationships and intimacy,  emotional adaptation, cognitive function, post-traumatic stress, cancer's impact on the family, fertility, returning to work, stress management, lymphedema and late effects from cancer treatment.

The event was attended by 200 individuals affected by cancer. The post-event evaluations reflected overwhelmingly positive impressions; requests and comments will be considered in planning future events.

To learn about future event offerings through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Survivorship Program please:


When asked "What did you like best about the Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event?", here is what some of our participants had to say:

“As a caregiver I didn’t expect to get much from the program but I certainly did learn a lot of extremely helpful information.”

“Most helpful for myself: lymphedema presentation; Andrea was lively, interesting, extremely informative about her topic.”

“The presenters, staff, volunteers, and attendees. The really positive atmosphere; best group experience I have ever had.”

“The information! Particularly the Survivorship Care Plans, I often wonder which doctor I should consult about different issues. I also got great info from the breakout sessions I chose.”

“Exposure to more resources, learned new and pertinent info.”

“Every speaker was so professional and prepared. The entire day was totally excellent!”

“Variety of topics for breakout sessions. Plus Debra Jarvis keynote speech was entertaining and inspirational.”

“I really appreciate being in a room filled with cancer survivors.”

“Debra Jarvis was so inspiring and I found things to mull about – like not hiding from challenge and let the old story go… start a new story.”

“Breakout sessions were very informative. I always learn from them, which helps in understanding the disease.”

“Listening to other cancer patients about their journey. I don’t feel so along with my fatigue, memory loss, and stress.”


Below is a list of the breakout sessions offered at the event. For those sessions for which speakers have given approval to make their slides available online you will see the topic title highlighted in blue, please click on the title to view the presentation.

Cancer’s Impact on the Family

Frances M. Lewis, PhD
Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington

Cognitive Function After Cancer

Myron Goldberg, PhD, ABPP-CN
Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Chad Aschtgen, ND, FABNO
Naturopathic Doctor, Seattle Integrated Oncology

Emotional Adaptation after Cancer
Jesse Fann, MD, MPH
Psychology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Exercise for Cancer Survivors
Rachel Douglas, MPT
Physical Therapy, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Fatigue and Energy
Mitchell Levy, MD
Psychiatry, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Fertility after Cancer

Lynn Davis, MD
Seattle Reproductive Medicine

Late Effects from Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Care Planning
Scott Baker, MD
Survivorship Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Andrea Leiserowitz, MPT, CLT
Physical Therapy, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Mindfulness Meditation for Survivors and Caregivers
Erica Rayner-Horn, MA
Mindful Therapy

Nutrition for Cancer Survivors
Healthy Salad Dressings - Recipe Handout
Jennifer McCombie, MS, RD, CSO
Medical Nutrition Therapy Services, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Trauma and Growth: Making the Most of Hard Times

Karen Syrjala, PhD
Survivorship Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Relationships and Intimacy
Female Issues
Male Issues
Leslie Vietmeier, ARNP
Survivorship Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Returning to Work as a Survivor: Your rights and options

Bobbi Christensen-Meins,
Nicole Reed, Human Resources, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Jean Yi, PhD, Biobehavioral Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Stress Management Techniques
Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Samantha Artherholt, PhD
Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington

Vitamins and Supplements
Chad Aschtgen, ND, FABNO
Naturopathic Doctor, Seattle Integrative Oncology