Survivorship Events & Education

Education and Community are Important Aspects of Life as a Cancer Survivor

We provide support to patients and their family members through:

  • Individualized education at the SCCA Survivorship Clinic
  • Lectures and talks at cancer center conferences and community events
  • Sharing our expertise at local and national conferences

We also provide education to health-care professionals working with patients after their cancer treatments. We offer:

  • Patient treatment summaries and survivorship care plans
  • Continuing medical education opportunities
  • Publications and presentations to keep knowledge of survivorship issues current

Our Key Events

Healthy for the Holidays

Healthy for the Holidays

Our free, annual event provides education on navigating wellness topics during the holiday season.

Cancer Survivorship for Clinicians

Cancer Survivorship for Clinicians

We feature the leaders in the field of cancer survivorship, covering an important and increasingly relevant gap in the education of all clinicians who care for cancer survivors.

Moving Beyond Cancer To Wellness

Moving Beyond Cancer To Wellness

This conference provides general education on a variety of the late- and long-term effects faced by cancer survivors after treatment.

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5th Symposium on Cancer Survivorship for Clinicians

This conference is designed for Physicians (Oncology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine) Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses, Social Workers, Physical & Occupational Therapists and other interested health care professionals who work with cancer survivors or cancer survivorship issues.
Location Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Host Fred Hutch Survivorship Program

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Past Events

2020 Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness


The Fred Hutch Survivorship Program hosted the 2020 virtual Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event on June 6.

In recognition of National Cancer Survivor’s Day and in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event celebrated cancer survivors. The virtual event included discussions about different forms of deep relaxation important in healing and how to get started, as well as messages to you from survivors in our community!


Karen Syrjala, PhD, Fred Hutch Survivorship Program

Dr. Karen Syrjala is a clinical psychologist who works to reduce the physical and emotional consequences of cancer. Dr. Syrjala co-directs Fred Hutchinson’s Survivorship Program and directs the Biobehavioral Sciences Program, which studies ways to integrate behavioral and biological treatments to help patients adjust to the health, physical and psychological challenges they face after cancer therapy.

Karen Gorrin, MA, LMHC, University of Washington

Karen Gorrin is a licensed psychotherapist and cancer thriver. She teaches mind-body medicine at UW School of Medicine. 

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2019 Healthy for the Holidays


Thank you for joining us Saturday, November 23, for our tenth annual fun and festive holiday educational event, hosted by the Fred Hutch Survivorship Program and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance! Survivors, patients, caregivers, family and friends.

Making Self-Care a Priority During the Holidays
Leslie Heron, APRN, FNP-BC
Fred Hutch Survivorship Program

Mind Body Medicine: Writing as Self-Therapy
Karen Gorrin, MA, LMHC, RYT
Olive Tree Healing Arts

Healthier Holiday Sweets & Treats: Cooking Demo and Taste Test
Ami Karnosh, MS, Nutritionist
Cancer Lifeline & Natural Foods Co-Op
Nutrition and Cooking Instructor 

2019 Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness - Adult Symposium


On Saturday, June 1, 2019, the Fred Hutch Survivorship program hosted its 13th annual free event for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, family and health care professionals. Education on a variety of the late- and long-term effects faced by cancer survivors after treatment is completed was provided as well as information on wellness after cancer.

The event was very well attended with over 200 individuals affected by cancer and including caregivers, speakers, exhibitors, family and friends. 

Evaluations completed by event attendees reflected overwhelmingly positive feedback.  Suggestions and comments will be considered in planning future events.

What attendees had to say

  • I liked the opportunity for cancer survivors, family and supporters to gather to hear tips on topics.  The facility and hospitality was excellent.  The survivorship panel discussion was excellent.
  • I appreciate the whole event! As a long term cancer survivor, I have long felt like the emotional and physical challenges of having had cancer were never properly addressed.  Here I learned that certain side effects and feelings are 'normal' and need to be addressed. 
  • I liked all of the breakout sessions I attended.  Topics that I had quite a bit of knowledge about proved that I still have much to learn.  I loved Terri Tate!
  • The keynote speaker was excellent and so inspirational.
  • I appreciate the opportunity for caregivers and the public to attend.  I enjoyed the information provided at the booths, nice variety of community resources.  
  • I liked the quality of presentations, conversations with other participants, support offered by organizations who had tables in hallways.  Great breakfast and lunch! 


Terri Tate, RN, MS, is a nationally recognized speaker, author and humorist.  She had a 2% chance of surviving disfiguring oral cancer, which was first diagnosed in 1991.  Since Terri regained her voice, she has inspired audiences around the country with her spirited stories, using lessons from her own struggle to support those facing life challenges.  Terri chronicles finding her own internal wisdom and crafting her healing path in her new memoir, A Crooked Smile, with an introduction by Anne Lamott, which was published in November 2016.  For more information, see Terri's website.

View Terri Tate's  "Celebrating our Stories" Keynote Address

View Event Slide Presentations

Chronic GVHD after Transplant

Cardiovascular Complications in Survivors after BMT: Risk Factors and Strategies for Keeping your Heart Healthy

Art Therapy in Cancer Care: A Visual Narrative

Building the Foundation of Resilience for Caregivers

Acupuncture for Cancer Survivorship

Tips & Tricks for Better Bone Health

When Cancer Comes to Work

Healthy Sleep Habits

Healing the Emotional Impacts of Cancer: Finding Peace in the Midst of Uncertainty

Using a Survivorship Care Plan to Promote Health

Eat Right, Live Well Beyond Cancer

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Healing the Emotional Impacts

Bone Health

Eat Right, Live Well 

Hosted by Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance | Event Sponsor: National Cancer Survivors Day 2019

2018 Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness - Adult Symposium


On June 2, 2018, the Fred Hutch Survivorship Program hosted its 12th annual Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event. The event was attended by over 200 individuals affected by cancer, speakers and exhibitors.


Speaker presentations:

Cancer and Cognitive Functioning
Myron Goldberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.-C.N.

The Road to Improve Cardiovascular Health After Cancer
S. Carolina Masri, M.D.

When Cancer Comes to Work
Kelly Lipscomb

Fighting Fatigue After Cancer
Elenora Naydis, N.D., L.Ac, F.A.B.N.O.

Tablets, Teas, Topicals and Tinctures: An Update on Dietary Supplements
Chad Aschtgen, N.D., F.A.B.N.O.

Healing the Mind, Healing the Body: Emotional Recovery After Cancer
Bonnie A. McGregor, Ph.D.

Knowledge is Power: Why You Need a Treatment Summary and Survivorship Care Plan
Leslie Heron, R.N., B.S.N., M.N., A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., N.C.-B.C.

Medical Marijuana and Cancer
Letitia Cain, N.D., F.A.B.N.O., M.F.A.

Self-Care for the Caregiver
Courtney Zier, M.A., L.M.H.C.A., N.C.C.

Staying Healthy with Immune Boosting and Anti-Inflammatory Foods
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Kate Ueland, M.S., R.D.

Integrative Medicine at SCCA: A New Program for Survivors
Heather Greenlee, N.D., Ph.D.

2018 Healthy for the Holidays


On Saturday, December 8, 2018, the Fred Hutch Survivorship Program and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance hosted the ninth annual Healthy for the Holidays event. Patients, survivors, caregivers, friends, family and healthcare professionals were invited to attend our free event. Thank you for attending the 2018 Healthy for the Holidays.


Welcome, Opening Remarks, Survivorship
Deb Loacker, R.N.
SCCA Survivorship Clinic, Fred Hutch Survivorship Program

Mind-Body Medicine for the Holidays
Kathleen Sanders, A.R.N.P., M.P.H.
Integrative Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
presentation slides (.pdf)

Gentle Chair Yoga
Annie Taylor
Certified Yoga Instructor, Crescent Moon Yoga

Anita Bermann, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.
Ideal Feast Nutrition Counseling

Intuitive Feasting: How to enjoy food without fear during the holiday season  
presentation slides (.pdf)

Recipes for a vibrant, nutritious, and delicious holiday season  
presentation slides (.pdf)


Please contact Joli Bartell / 206.667.2013 

2017 Healthy for the Holidays


On Saturday, December 2, 2017 the Fred Hutch Survivorship Program and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Wellness Center hosted the eighth annual Healthy for the Holidays event. 

This free event was designed for survivors, patients, caregivers, family and friends.


Survivorship Self-Care
Leslie Heron, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-B.C.
SCCA Survivorship Clinic, Fred Hutch Survivorship Program
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Taking Laughter Seriously
Donna Oiland
Author, Speaker

Small Steps to Energize & Enjoy the Holidays
Karen Syrjala, Ph.D.
Fred Hutch Survivorship Program
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Staying Healthy through the Holidays with Immune Boosting & 
Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Kate Ueland, M.S., R.D.
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
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2016 Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness – Pediatric Symposiums


Nearly 120 people affected by cancer attended Seattle Children's and the Fred Hutch Survivorship Program's fourth Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness pediatric event.


Speaker presentations:

Introduction to Cancer Survivorship: Late Effects from Treatment
Eric Chow, M.D., M.P.H.

Transition to Adulthood
Leslie Heron, A.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C.

Cognitive Function and School Issues after Cancer
David Breiger, Ph.D.

Emotional and Mental Health of Survivors
Joanna Thome Patten, Psy.D.

Fertility and Reproductive Issues — Male
Leslie Heron, A.R.N.P., F.N.P.-B.C.

Fertility and Reproductive Issues — Female
Bo Yu, M.D.

Financial Resources and Opportunities
Colleen Duran, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Nourishing Your Cells: Using Nutrition to Decrease Inflammation and Promote Gut Health after Cancer
Kathy Hunt, R.D., C.D., C.S.O.
Anita Bermann, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.