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Annual Living with Cancer Conference on May 1

Posted March 27, 2013, at 12:01 p.m.
Dr. Otis Brawley
Dr. Otis Brawley

TOPSHAM, Maine – The American Cancer Society’s 35th annual Living With Cancer Conference will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at the Augusta Civic Center.

Volunteers and staff from the American Cancer Society created the first Living With Cancer Conference in 1979.  Each year cancer patients and survivors, family members, caregivers, and healthcare professionals come together to attend this event.

 This year’s theme, “Celebrating Each Day: Past, Present, and Future,” is a day of sharing personal stories and medical information designed to help cancer patients and their families as they continue along their cancer journeys. Attendees at this daylong conference can participate in a variety of informative workshops, visit community resource exhibits, and share similar experiences and stories with others touched by cancer.

This year’s keynote speaker is Otis Brawley, MD, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. Dr. Brawley is responsible for promoting the society’s goals for cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education. As an acknowledged global leader in the field of health disparities research, Dr. Brawley is a key leader in the society’s work to eliminate disparities and improve access to quality cancer care.

The afternoon speaker, Neal Goodwin, PhD, senior fellow and director of business development for In Vivo services at Jackson Laboratory (JAX), manages three programs and has led innovative research that established the JAX Patient-Derived Xenograft Cancer Consortium.

Workshop topics include: Palliative Care; Acupuncture for Cancer Patients; New Horizons for Skin Cancer Treatment; New Advances in the Understanding and Treatment of Lung Cancer; Why Everyone Needs a Will and Powers of Attorney; Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment; and more. Presenters include medical professionals, American Cancer Society volunteers, and other specialists. The popular patient panel will include cancer survivors and caregivers, each sharing their personal cancer journeys and the effects of the cancer diagnosis on each of them.  

The Living With Cancer Conference is a free event for cancer patients, their families and caregivers though there is a $10 fee for lunch. A fee of $45 will be asked of medical professionals and all others, which includes lunch. To learn more about the Living With Cancer Conference or to obtain a registration form, visit www.cancer.org/LWCC or call 1-800-227-2345.

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end cancer for good. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.        

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