Breakout Session Descriptions

Below are the full course descriptions for the 2014 Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness Event.

Bone Health
Susan Ott, MD
University of Washington Medical Center

Bone loss is a very common problem for cancer survivors. Certain cancer treatments can affect bone density and cause problems such as Osteoporosis. In Bone Health we will discuss what problems can occur and why and how you can reduce you risk for things such as osteoporosis.

Cancer’s Impact on the Family
Frances Marcus Lewis, PhD
Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington

Cancer doesn't affect just one person. Cancer affects couples, families, and friends. The complex feelings and lifestyle changes that follow a cancer diagnosis can be almost as overwhelming for family members and friends as they are for the person with cancer. Cancer’s Impact on the Family will address the emotional impact cancer has on the family and children of a cancer survivor. This session will inform you of current research in this field as well as provide suggested strategies to promote healing within the family.

Cognitive Function after Cancer
Myron Goldberg, PhD, ABPP-CN
Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington

Mild cognitive impairment following cancer treatment is one of the most common symptoms reported by cancer survivors. Cognitive Function after Cancer will provide an update on what we know about the troubling deterioration in cognitive function after cancer commonly called “chemobrain” or “chemofog,” Dr. Myron Goldberg will also provide suggested strategies to cope with post-cancer cognitive difficulties.

Communication and Relationships after Cancer
Leslie Vietmeier, ARNP
Survivorship Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Please join us in the Communication and Relationships after Cancer class to discuss the challenges cancer puts on our relationships. We welcome all patients and survivors who are single, married, partnered, or looking. We will discuss how to improve communication with current partners or how to communicate with new friends or while dating. Please note: we are offering a class specifically on Intimacy after Cancer and will not be covering this topic in the Communication and Relationships after Cancer class.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Dan Labriola, ND
Northwest Natural Health

Studies have shown that a significant percentage of cancer survivors deal with chronic health problems that may be related to their cancer treatment. Complementary and Alternative Medicine will discuss the benefits of a comprehensive integrated cancer care plan to resolve lingering effects of cancer treatment. Please note: we are offering a class specifically on vitamins and supplements and will not be covering this topic in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine class.

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

When cancer survivors end treatment, they often report feeling lost, abandoned, and unsure of what to feel and do next. End-of-treatment emotional issues are often unexpected because survivors anticipate feeling relief when active treatment ends with the hope that they can “get back to their lives.” Emotional Adaptation will review the common emotional experiences of cancer survivors following cancer treatment. Dr. Jesse Fann will share coping strategies and review the resources available to help adapt to life after cancer.

Exercise for Cancer Survivors
Carol Baltaxe, PT, CLT
Physical Therapy, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Surviving cancer and making it through cancer treatment are major accomplishments. Most, if not all, survivors find a new priority in life: keeping cancer from returning. The latest research suggests that exercise for cancer patients may help. Exercise for Cancer Survivors explores this and other benefits of exercise and oncology physical therapist, Carol Baltaxe, will suggest safe exercise options for cancer survivors.

Fatigue and Energy
Mitchell Levy, PhD

Chemotherapy and cancer treatments ravage the body’s stamina and strength with fatigue and low energy as major concerns of cancer survivors after treatment ends. Whether it's due to the disease itself, or the side effects of cancer treatment, tiredness is a problem that affects most cancer patients and survivors. Fatigue and Energy will help you better understand these real concerns and will provide you with tips to help boost energy, and restore vitality to cancer survivors.

Andrea Leiserowitz, DPT
Physical Therapy, Oncology Rehabilitation Specialists, Inc.

Lymphedema 101: Lymphedema is swelling caused by a buildup 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.

Nutrition for Cancer Survivors
Medical Nutrition Therapy Services, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Eating well is important for everyone but for cancer survivors the right diet is essential for regaining and maintaining health. Nutrition for Cancer Survivors shares what the latest research suggests about eating to prevent secondary tumors and recurrence. This session will also provide guidelines for the optimal diet for cancer survivors. Please note: we are offering a class specifically on vitamins and supplements and will not be covering this topic in the Nutrition for Cancer Survivors class.

Intimacy after Cancer – Male and Female Issues
Mary Ellen West, CNM, AASECT

You may have changes in your sex life after cancer treatment - many people do. Sexual problems after cancer treatment are often caused by changes to your body - from surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation, or by the effects of certain medicines. Sometimes emotional issues can be the cause of sexual problems. Intimacy after Cancer will address the common concerns about sex and intimacy after cancer and will provide strategies for improving intimate relationships after cancer treatment. There will be two sessions: the 10am class will be directed towards female survivors and the 11am session will be directed towards male survivors. Please note: we are offering a class specifically on Communication and Relationships after Cancer and will not be covering this topic in the Intimacy after Cancer class.

Stress Management Techniques for Cancer Survivors
Bonnie McGregor, PhD

When you were diagnosed with cancer, you might have devoted all your time to focusing on your treatment and getting healthy. Now that you've completed treatment, all those projects around the house and the things on your to-do list are competing for your attention. This can make you feel stressed and overwhelmed. Stress Management Techniques for Cancer Survivors will explain what stress is, why it happens, and what the mental and physical effects of stress are. This session will also help you understand the importance of developing your own plan for coping with your stress and will suggest strategies to help find out what brings you the most peace.

Vitamins and Supplements
Dan Labriola, ND
Northwest Natural Health

Vitamins and supplements are often recommended to and taken by many cancer survivors who cannot gain their daily requirement through diet alone. For example, some use supplements to treat post-treatment fatigue or neuropathy. Please join us in this class to learn about what it means to supplement vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients and who might benefit from doing so. You will also learn about the latest research that discusses supplementation and well as resources for those wanting to find out more about adding supplements into their diet. Please note: we are also offering classes on Nutrition for Cancer Survivors and Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which will not be discussing the topic of vitamins and supplements.