Breakout Sessions


Breakout Sessions

RSVP by May 28th. Space is limited!  

The Benefits of Acupuncture during Cancer Survivorship
Jonathan Siman, DACM, MS, Lac
Integrative Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

The role and benefits of acupuncture for managing common symptoms will be presented including pain, insomnia, anxiety and hot flashes.  What to expect during an acupuncture treatment, the basic biomedical and TCM theories behind acupuncture and the research supporting the use of acupuncture in the integrative oncology setting will also be discussed. 

Andrea Leiserowitz, DPT, CLT
Oncology Physical Therapy

Lymphedema is swelling caused by a build up of lymph fluid that occurs for several reasons, including radiation treatment and lymph node removal from cancer surgeries.  This session will discuss who is at risk for developing lymphedema, prevention strategies for those at risk and treatment recommendations for those with diagnosed lymphedema. 

Exercise for Cancer Survivors
Toshiko Aramaki
Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer

Starting exercise is hard for many people.  It is especially hard for people who have gone through cancer treatment.  Where do you start? What do you do? How often are you supposed to exercise? Is it okay to work out just like you used to before your treatment? This class will make you feel confident about starting to exercise.  There will be a fun demonstration to show you easy, safe and effective exercise ideas.

Caregivers: Building the Foundation of Resilience
Ann Breen, RN and Tammy Weitzman, Social Worker
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

This session will focus on building the foundation of resilience for caregivers.  Practical suggestions for the various stages of caregiving will be discussed, as well as secrets for keeping healthy in the face of high demands.

Quality of Life and Functional Status in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant (HCT) Survivors with Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease and Quality of Life of Caregivers of HCT Survivors after Transplant
Mary Flowers, MD
Long Term Follow-Up Clinic, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a major late complication of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation recipients.  While chronic GVHD is associated with a decreased risk of relapsed cancers, it can have a negative impact on quality of life (QoL).  In this session, Dr. Mary Flowers, who leads the transplant Long-Term Follow-up Program at Fred Hutch and the SCCA will discuss QoL of patients with chronic GVHD and also the QoL of caregivers of patients undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation. 

Cardiovascular Complications in Survivors after BMT: Risk Factors and Strategies for Keeping your Heart Healthy
Scott Baker, MD, MS
Director, Fred Hutch Survivorship Program

Dr. Baker will discuss what is known about how cancer treatments and/or bone marrow transplant can affect the heart.  You will learn about what you need to know for screening of your heart and long-term follow-up for potential heart problems.  What can be done to prevent heart problems will also be discussed.

Art Therapy in Cancer Care: A Visual Narrative
Kim McAndrews, MA, LMHCA, ATR-P
Oncology Art Therapist, Swedish Cancer Institute Edmonds
Owner, Art Therapist at HeartTending Art Therapy Seattle/Wenatchee

The objectives of this session are to discover what Art Therapy is and what Art Therapy is not.  The benefits of Art Therapy for cancer survivors, family members and caregivers will be discussed as well as learning about Art Therapy at Swedish and other additional avenues.  This session will also include an experience of Art Therapy for yourself (experiential provided!)

Eat Right, Live Well Beyond Cancer
Kate Ueland, MS, RD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

What is the best diet to follow after cancer? How can diet reduce your risk of recurrence? What does science tell us about optimal nutrition? If these are questions you have pondered, please join us for this presentation by Kate Ueland, MS, RD dietitian at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

Tips & Tricks for Better Bone Health in Cancer Survivors 
Radhika Narla, MD
University of Washington

The objectives of this talk will be to understand what osteoporosis is, what causes osteoporosis, what are the increased risk factors for cancer survivors to be aware of and what tests can be done to determine if someone has osteoporosis.  What can be done to prevent bone loss or falls will be discussed as well as practical tips about vitamin D, calcium intake and exercise to help maintain leg strength, balance and posture. 

Mind Body Medicine: Writing as Self-Therapy
Karen Gorrin, MA, LMHC, RYT
University of Washington

Join mind body researcher, licensed psychotherapist and ovarian cancer survivor Karen Gorrin for an interactive exporation into writing as a tool for self-care, building resilience, easing symptoms, deepeing self-compassion and improving immune function.  Learn writing techniques you can begin using immediately to support your healing and survivorship.  The research showing how writing improves well-being will also be discussed.  This session is perfect for all people living with cancer including caregivers, family members and friends.

Healthy Sleep HabitZZZ 
Chandra Villano, ND
EASE Cancer Foundation
High-quality sleep is vital for healing, hormones, cognition and optimal wellness.  This session will give an overview of the ill-health effects of sleep deprivation, sleep cycles and the wide-ranging benefits of good sleep.  The focus will be on an extensive arsenal of sleep hygiene practices for getting the invaluable rest that you need.

Healing the Emotional Impacts of Cancer: Finding Peace in the Midst of Uncertainty 
Erica Rayner-Horn, MA, LMHC
Orion Sky Integrative Medicine

Living with cancer can unleash intense and difficult emotions.  Feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, grief and anger are all normal responses to life-changing experience - yet can cause great distress.  In this interactive session you will learn skills from highly effective, evidence-based mindfulness and self-compassion practices which can help you transform challenging emotions.  You will leave with practical tools to empower you to calm anxiety, face fear and cultivate a more peaceful mind.

Mem Rippey

At any stage of the journey, therapeutic yoga can help cancer patients, caregivers and survivors by helping them develop personal resilience and awareness.  Mem uses gentle and mindful movement, breathing, sound and meditation to support students in nourishing and replenishing their minds and bodies.  this experiential yoga class will exemplify the free resources at SCCA that are available to patients, caregivers and survivors.  Familiarity with yoga is not necessary for participation.