Living with cancer subject of event in Bar Harbor

Posted Oct. 29, 2010, at 8:28 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The fourth annual Downeast Living With Cancer Conference will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center in Bar Harbor. The conference is a free, daylong program for cancer patients, family members, caregivers and medical professionals.

This year’s conference theme is Survivorship: The Journey Forward. The keynote speaker is Kyuson Yun, principal investigator at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. Dr. Yun’s work focuses on two kinds of brain cancer: medulloblastoma, which is the most common pediatric brain tumor; and glioblastomas, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, currently incurable.

Yun is also the recent recipient of a four-year, $720,000 American Cancer Society research grant.

The afternoon speaker is Maine humorist Gary Crocker. Crocker believes the power of humor can improve any situation and his presentation will help participants appreciate the “constant and healthy need for laughter,” according to conference organizers.

Workshop sessions will cover a variety of topics, there will be numerous vendor exhibits, and participants can sign up for individual relaxation sessions including massage, reflexology and Reiki.

To register for the Downeast Living With Cancer Conference or obtain more information about the event, call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org/lwcc to download a brochure and registration form.

The Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center is offering a special rate for conference attendees. Contact the hotel directly at 800-336-2463 or e-mail reservations@barharbor.com and mention the conference to receive the special rate.

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