Agenda & Breakout Sessions

Join us for the free 17th annual Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness in-person event designed to provide education on wellness after cancer.

Complimentary light continental breakfast & lunch will be provided. In addition to a keynote presentation by Mary Elizabeth Williams, the event will feature breakout sessions, a survivor panel discussion, and opportunities throughout the day for community cancer organizations exhibitor networking.

Thomas Building, Pelton Auditorium, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Campus
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle WA 98109

Parking Directions:
Complimentary parking is available in the visitor lot off Aloha Street (across from the clinic building). Take the stairs or paved walkway down to the Thomas Building entrance.

Fred Hutch campus
Fred Hutch campus in South Lake Union in Seattle, WA.


8:30 a.m. - Event Check-in 

9:00 a.m. - Keynote Presentation 

10:00 a.m. - Breakout Session #1 

11:00 a.m. - Breakout Session #2 

12:00 p.m. - Breakout Session #3

12:45 p.m. - Lunch & Exhibitor Networking

1:45 p.m. - Survivorship Care Plans: Being an Empowered Patient

2:15 p.m. - Survivor Panel Discussion

3:00 p.m. - Event Concludes

Registration is Now Closed

Registration is now closed for the 17th annual Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness in-person event.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will occur at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. During the registration for this event, you will choose the three breakout sessions you would like to attend.

Active Survivorship – Why It Matters (This breakout session is now full)

Lexi Harlow, PT, DPT, CLT
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

There is growing evidence that exercise is an important part of recovery for cancer patients.  Are you confident you are meeting the newly recommended 2019 exercise guidelines for survivors?  Come to this session to learn about the updated recommendations and practical tips on how to make physical activity an integral part of your survivorship plan.

Art & Creative Expression for Self-Care

Nicola Davies, JD, PCC
Create Next Steps, LLC

Creative expression has long-lasting physical and emotional value for cancer survivors and caregivers. It’s a powerful prescription: incorporating hands-on art and creativity into your self-care routine.  Some of the benefits include reducing physical pain and tension, relieving stress and anxiety, and discovering hope, strength and meaning.  No “skill” is necessary to receive the therapeutic benefits of creative self-expression.  We are all artists in our own lives.  Using a variety of journal prompts and art materials, join us to explore ways to engage in creativity for enhanced well-being.

Building Resilience: Preventing and Treating Compassion-Fatigue

Jourdan Cruz, MSc, MSW, LICSW 
Social Work and Patient Navigation
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

This session will highlight some of the research around compassion and how human interaction with compassion impacts behavior.  Participants will learn how to identify compassion fatigue in their own life and will be introduced to resources and skills to aid in both prevention and treatment of compassion fatigue.

Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment

Myron Goldberg, PhD, ABPP
Director, Neurorehab Program and Neuropsychological Service
Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Washington Medical Center

Some survivors may develop cognitive changes during or following cancer treatment. The changes can often persist and have long-term impacts on survivors’ quality of life, as completing daily tasks at home, engaging in pleasurable activities, interacting with others, or performing well at work or school can be affected.  This talk will explore the causes and types of cognitive impairment that can arise in cancer survivors and review strategies that survivors can use to improve cognitive functioning.

Combating Fatigue from an Integrative Medicine Approach

Zachary Kadro, ND, MPH
Naturopathic Physician
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Many people diagnosed with cancer experience fatigue before, during, and after treatment. In this presentation, we'll review common causes of fatigue, and how to use integrative medicine to combat fatigue. We'll discuss strategies that include nutrition, physical activity, mind and body practices, and natural products.

Exercise Class for Survivors

Toshiko Aramaki
ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer
ACSM Exercise is Medicine

In this fun exercise class for survivors, you will learn that “exercise” (being active) is not difficult, and you will have the confidence to start exercising wherever you are. This class will focus on balance exercises and teach an important exercise component. You will learn many easy movements that you can do right away.

Finding the 'New Normal’: Life After Cancer Treatment

Ty Lostutter, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Department of Psychosocial Oncology

A cancer diagnosis is a significant life event, in which people define their life before and after their cancer treatment, sometimes call their survivorship period “a new normal.”  This presentation will focus on psychological factors associated with effective coping and developing one’s own “new normal.”


Andrea Leiserowitz, DPT, CLT
Oncology Physical Therapy

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 Survivorship: Translating Guidelines into Daily Practice

Ray Palko, MS, RD, CSO, CD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

This session will review the most updated evidence-based nutrition/lifestyle guidelines for cancer survivors and provide ideas for incorporating these into practice. Ray will review the “why” behind specific guidelines and provide examples on the “how” to incorporate these practically through lifestyle modification, provide recipes and share examples of successful approaches used by other patients from his many years of experience in oncology nutrition.

Sleep Optimization

Chandra Villano, ND
Wellness Place, 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.

This Body Is Mine: Reclaiming Body Image and Intimacy

Leslie Heron, APRN, FNP-BC, NC-BC
Fred Hutch Survivorship Program 

Cancer, other major illnesses, and stressful life events can divert our attention away from intimacy, intimate relationships, and awareness for our body. The body can become a medical object, an enemy, or simply the package we come in. This class will offer the opportunity to reconnect to your body, acknowledge what it’s been through, and tools to build intimacy - both with yourself and with others.