Fourth Annual Breast Cancer Survivorship Conference
Join breast cancer experts from The OSUCCC–James’ Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center at the 4th annual Breast Cancer Survivorship Conference.
Reception: Friday, Sept. 23: New this year is a Friday night reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. where you will have the opportunity to interact with OSU researchers and staff to learn about the innovative research studies available at the James. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. A separate registration is required for the reception. Space is limited. The format is "open house" where you may anytime during the two hours and stay as long as you like.
You may attend the reception and/or the conference. When you register, please be sure to select the appropriate ticket types.
Conference: Saturday, Sept. 24 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Keynote: The conference will feature keynote speaker, Lauren Miller, a breast cancer survivor diagnosed at age 38, mother of three, and stress relief motivational speaker and author.
You will have the opportunity to attend two breakout sessions during Saturday's conference. Offerings include:
MORNING SESSIONS: (choose one)
- The Power of Mindfulness: A Tool for Resilient Cancer Survivorship: There is increasing recognition of mindfulness and mindfulness training as a way to decrease stress and increase psychological functioning for cancer survivors. Mayranna Klatt, PhD, clinical professor in the department of family medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, has completed research with JamesCare for Life survivors and caregivers utilizing her Mindfulness in Motion protocol showing significant improvements in perceived stress, quality of sleep, and resilience. During this session, you will be introduced to the scientific evidence behind mindfulness followed by a 30-minute experiential taste of mindfulness practice and the benefits it may afford. This session will provide you with a snippet of the 8-week course she offers twice a year through JamesCare for Life.
- Tips for Managing Common Side Effects: Cancer treatments can cause a variety of side effects and those can vary from person to person. Many factors such as the type of treatment(s) you receive, your age, and other health conditions can all contribute to the side effects you may experience. In this session you will learn about three of the more common side effects resulting from breast cancer treatments: fatigue, neuropathy, and "chemo brain". You will also learn how music therapy and movement can help you manage each of these side effects. A hands-on music exercise will be included. Facilitators include Terel Jackson, Music Therapist and Karen Hock, PT, Rehab Services Manager, and Lynne Brophy, Breast Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist.
- Coping with Cancer: When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: The experience of a breast cancer diagnosis and the treatment process can shake you to your very core. There is no area in your life that goes unaffected by this emotional earthquake. Cancer can cause you to question yourself, your relationships, your meaning and purpose in life. Normal responses include anxiety and stress overload as well as fears about the future and threat of recurrence. On the other side of the coin, you may also experience a newfound purpose or perhaps the drive and determination to make personal changes for the better. In this breakout, we will share strategies and tools for coping with the aftershocks of cancer, the importance of finding ways to acknowledge and grieve our losses (those may include physical, mental as well as spiritual), and how to manage the fear of recurrence. Facilitators include Kathy Bohley, Chaplain, Heather McGinty, PhD, and Lauren Miller, cancer survivor.
- Living Well with Advanced Disease: With the advances in breast cancer treatment options, metastatic cancer can often be managed much like other chronic diseases. However, with this diagnosis comes a different set of challenges and questions. During this session, you will have the opportunity to share your greatest concern and talk about potential goals of your care, including available resources to support those goals. Focused coping strategies, the importance of symptom management, and how to effectively communicate difficult conversations with others will be discussed. You will explore the importance of planning for the future including the completion of important documents such as a living will and medical power of attorney. Finally, you will hear about the latest in clinical trials for survivors with metastatic breast cancer and the importance of this research. Facilitators include Rob Wesolowski, MD, Medical Oncologist, Raquel Reinbolt, MD, Medical Oncologist, and Sharla Wells-Di Gregorio, PhD and Clinical Psychologist.
- Caregiver Panel for the Guys: This breakout session is for men who are caregivers to someone with breast cancer. We have assembled a panel of spouses/partners who will share their personal experiences as caregivers. This session will provide you with an opportunity to have an open discussion and to share concerns, exchange tips and ask questions on how to get the support you need and how to manage the challenges you may face throughout the cancer journey. The discussion will be facilitated by Annie Trance, MSW, LISW, Clinical Social Worker.
AFTERNOON SESSIONS: (choose one)
- The Power of Mindfulness: A Tool for Resilient Cancer Survivorship: (repeated from morning)
- Finding Your Way as a Young Cancer Survivor: Young women diagnosed with breast cancer often face new and unique challenges and have many unanswered questions while finding their "new normal." In this session, designed just for young survivors, you will have the opportunity to share concerns and ask questions of experts who will facilitate the discussion. Questions about intimacy and sexuality, or family planning, or how to talk to my children about cancer, or should I have genetic testing are often on the minds of young survivors. Explore these or other topics of interest to participants during this session. Facilitating the discussion will be Doreen Agnese, MD, Surgical Oncologist and Clinical Cancer Geneticist, Kristen Carpenter, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist, and Lauren Miller, cancer survivor. This session is designed for individuals who were under the age of 45 when diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Breast Cancer in Diverse Women: Can We Equalize the Odds?: Breast cancer incidence and death rates differ for women from different races and ethnic groups. During this session, you will learn about the disparities that exist, along with contributing factors such as poverty, lack of medical coverage, barriers to screening, or unequal access to treatment. We will explore some of the most pou88larly held myths that can also become barriers to women seeking timely medical care. Finally, you will learn what actions you can take to have a positive and lasting impact not only on your health and well-being, but also on your community. Facilitators include Bhuvaneswwari Ramaswamy, MD, Medical Oncologist and Chastity Washington, Program Director with Center for Cancer Health Equity.
- Healthy Lifestyle Choices after a Cancer Diagnosis: Following a cancer diagnosis, survivors and caregivers often focus on making healthier lifestyle choices. Improving diet, exercising regularly, managing stress, and avoiding tobacco products are all important aspects of a healthy lifestyle plan. During this session, you will learn the latest research that supports the benefits of eating a plant-based diet and the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. You will learn about the physical and emotional benefits of movement both during and after treatment and the recommended amount of exercise for adults. You will also discuss the importance of collaborating with your health care team before you start any exercise program. Finally, you will better understand some of the mind-bod-spirit practices, the evidence supporting their benefits, and how to incorpoorate them into a healthier lifestyle. Facilitators include Candice Schreiber, Dietitian, Cari Utendorf, Physical Therapist, and Beth Steinberg, Registered Nurse. RYT.
- Caregiver "M.A.N." Cave for the Guys: As a caregiver, you offer support to your survivor and in order to manage that role, you, too, need support so you do not suffer from burnout. Additionally, as a caregiver you may often put your own health and well-being at risk in order to fulfill that caregiver role. Come to the M.A.N. cave to "Meet and Nurture." Join fellow caregivers and enjoy a cold beverage while you experience some "self-care" activities such as a massage and a tai chi exercise, which can contribute to your overall health and well-being. Facilitators: Terri Fender, LMT, Reflexologist and Yijing Sun, PhD, MD.
- Conference and Reception are offered free-of-charge. Continental breakfast and plated lunch provided.Overnight accommodations are available on 9/23 at the Hilton Garden Inn at an OSU rate of $119/night. Register online at www.columbusuniversityarea.hgi.com using Group Code: BCSC16. Deadline for group rate is 9/2.
JamesCare for Life programs are offered free of charge to cancer survivors, including caregivers.
The Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
JamesCare for Life
JamesCare for Life programs are designed to empower cancer survivors and their primary caregivers with new skills, knowledge and a sense of community.
Class offerings focus on introducing techniques, strategies and modes of expression intended to improve the quality of life of persons affected by a cancer diagnosis. Many participants have found these tools valuable and have successfully incorporated them into their everyday lives.
Programs are introductory in nature and offered free of charge. For more information, please call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428 or 1-800-293-5066 or visit www.cancer.osu.edu/go/support. Pre-registration is required for all programs.