Adult Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness 2014

June 7, 2014

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness event on Saturday, June 7, 2014. This free event featured a keynote address by Hans Rueffert, a chef and stage 3 stomach cancer survivor, who no longer has a stomach or gallbladder, and is missing 95% of his esophagus. Along with the title of “cancer survivor”, Hans also spends his time as a chef, restauranteur, author, educator, motivational speaker and mentor. Since finishing treatment Hans has developed a passion for mentoring fellow cancer survivors on the importance of health eating through presentations, cooking demonstrations, and authoring cookbooks.

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

The event was attended by over 250 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 Hutch Survivorship Program please:


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

  • I truly appreciate the opportunity to listen to current information on these topics. I feel that I am hearing the latest research findings and that is the information that I can trust, as opposed to trying to sift through information on the internet.
  • Wonderful environment, amazing speakers, esp. Hans. The exhibitor tables were wonderful to have.
  • Keynote speaker was excellent, humorous, hopeful, and informative. Breakouts were also very helpful – especially lymphedema. Instructive – enthusiastic and provided information I’ve needed. Learning about care plan and summary of treatment was extremely helpful.
  • It was uplifting to see so many survivors.
  • All the speakers were great! Very informative.
  • I liked the opening chef because he was funny and informative. Also he was a cancer survivor so he knew what he was talking about. Secondly, I liked hearing other patient/attendee’s journeys and insights.
  • The organization of the event and the topics. Nicely completed with late effects of treatment and the panel discussion. Panel discussion was inspiring, very informative, and educational.
  • Thank you for doing this – not enough info out there about survivorship. Good breakout sessions.
  • Being with other survivors.
  • It gave me hope and helped to center me to get back on track to take better care of myself.
  • Nice to know that someone cares about survivors. Great to have all this info and experts assembled in one seminar.
  • Wide range of offering with an honest and direct approach to cancer treatment and survivorship.


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.

Bone Health
Susan Ott, MD
Univerity of Washington

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

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

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Dan Labriola, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Northwest Natural Health

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

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

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

Intimacy after Cancer
Female Issues
Male Issues
Intimacy References
Sensate Handout
Mary Ellen West, CNM, ASSECT

Late Effects after Cancer Treatment

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

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

Nutrition for Cancer Survivors
Linda Kasser, RD
Medical Nutrition Therapy Services, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Stress Management Techniques
Bonnie McGregor, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Vitamins and Supplements
Dan Labriola, ND
Naturopathic Doctor, Northwest Natural Health