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Survive and Thrive Conference

2nd Annual Survivor Conference
“Survive and Thrive”

When?
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Event – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where?
Chamberlain College of Nursing
18624 W Creek Dr.
Tinley Park, IL 60477

What?
This free event is designed to help improve cancer survivor’s level of education and to enhance their lives physically, emotionally, and mentally so that they may not only survive, but thrive.

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Opening Speaker: Sue Armato, Executive Director of The Cancer Support Center

Closing Speaker: Nadine Kelly, M.D., RYT, R-CYT, YOGI M.D. – It is impossible to take care of yourself without addressing the many aspects of health – physical, mental, social, intellectual, and spiritual. This closing session will touch upon what it truly means to attend to the challenges of nurturing yourself while living with cancer or caring for a loved one with cancer. At the end, Nadine will lead a short yoga practice in the chair with guided meditation.

Breakout session topics include:

  • “Understanding the Differences Between Hospice and Palliative Care” (Presented by Nancy Flowers, MSW, LCSW) – This presentation will discuss the various aspects of hospice and palliative care as well as the main differences between the two. Presented by Nancy Flowers, MSW, LCSW, a Clinical Social worker and the Community Education Program Manager with Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care.
  • “Improving Relationships Through Communication” (Presented by Raeann Lowry, MA) We all have a strong need for belonging and connectivity. Our relationships with friends, family and significant others are important because they contribute to our overall quality of life.  In order for these relationships to remain positive, it is important to practice good communication. Join this discussion to learn the benefits of good communication, tips on how to improve communication skills and receive information on how to enrich our social relationships through better use of communication.
  • “Understanding the Differences Between the Various Types of Imaging” (Presented by Dr. Chris Stepaniak, Lead Physicist in Radiation Oncology at the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital) – This presentation will cover the different medical imaging modalities used in oncology, including CT, PET, MRI, ultrasound, and others; the physics behind how they are acquired and what they show us.
  • “The Role of Oncology Rehabilitation for Physical Wellness in Survivorship” (Presented by Alicia Klabunde, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA) – With advancements in cancer treatment, the number of cancer survivors has grown to approximately 14.5 million in 2014, with this number expected to continue to increase.  While this is great news, it also means that we have more survivors living with the side effects of cancer treatments, of which many of these have negative effects on quality of life.  Side effects vary among individuals and among the types of cancer treatments provided.  They may include pain, stiffness, lymphedema, neuropathy and balance deficits, just to name a few.  Often, survivors emerge from treatments with little information on how to manage these side effects and subsequently accept them as a new norm.  In this session, we will discuss some common long-term side effects, their quality of life implication and the research behind the benefits of physical therapy and oncology rehabilitation in the journey of survivorship.
  • “Survivorship 101 – Focusing on Women’s Issues” (Presented by Sandra Naaman, MD, PhD, University of Chicago) – This session will help you to appreciate the relevance and components of a cancer survivorship care plan to optimize access to clinical care and health promotion.
  • “Emerging Cancer Research: What’s New and What Will It Mean for Patients?” (Presented by Kathy Goss, PhD; Director for Strategic Partnerships, University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center) – This presentation will discuss the recent breakthroughs and advances in cancer care and treatment.
  • “Cancer Survivorship: Erectile Dysfunction & Urinary Incontinence” (Presented by Vikas Desai, MD) – 
    Dr. Desai will lead an interactive discussion on cancer survivorship issues related to prostate cancer. The talk will primarily focus on how urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction impact men with prostate cancer, as well as some potential treatment options for anyone struggling with these side effects.

To view photos from the 2017 event, click here.