As of today, there are more than 15-million cancer survivors. Millions of those survivors are facing a number of medical, psychological, spiritual and emotional issues stemming directly from their disease and/or the treatments they’ve received.
Roswell Park Cancer Institute is looking to help.
On June 16 and 17, Roswell is hosting Chapter 2: A Cancer Survivor’s Workshop for Living Your Best Life, a comprehensive and interactive workshop open to all cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers.
“Surviving cancer is cause for exuberant celebration, but it also initiates a new series of questions, concerns and priorities,” says Mary Reid, PhD, MSPH Director of Cancer Screening and Survivorship at Roswell Park. “ ‘Chapter 2’ is a way to help cancer survivors and their loved ones process this transition and learn about resources and strategies that can help them stay on top of their mental, physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.”
Friday sessions will include a screening of “The C Word,” a feature film executive-produced by Morgan Freeman, and a Q&A session with a multidisciplinary panel of experts.
On Saturday, participants will take part in a Pi-Yo yoga/Pilates session; a panel discussion on “Managing Your Short- and Long-Term Challenges”; a presentation by Roswell Park’s Lynda Kwon Beaupin, MD on “Establishing Your Care Plan After Treatment”; and breakout sessions where participants will select three activities from a range of offerings including Pilates, storytelling, laughter yoga, tai chi, drumming, acupuncture and spirituality.
Also on Saturday, integrative-medicine expert Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, will give a keynote address entitled “From the Himalayas to the Clinic: Mind-Body Practices in Integrative Health.” An Assistant Professor and Director of Education at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, Dr. Chaoul teaches Tibetan meditation and mind-body on three continents.