Join Dr. Timothy Pawlik and other members of of The James' GI team to learn the latest information regarding research, treatment, and prevention/early detection of gastrointestinal cancers (including colon, esophageal, pancreatic, stomach, intestinal, liver, gallbladder and rectal/anal). This program is for cancer survivors and their caregivers. Offered free-of-charge. Registration is required.
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Speakers - Ilene Latimer, RN, OCN, BSN
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Keynote Message - Dr. Timothy Pawlik
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Updates in Prevention, Treatment, Research & Clinical Trials Facilitators: Dr. Kristin Ciombor, medical oncologist; Dr. Timothy Pawlik, surgical oncologist; Dr. Alexandria Diaz, radiation oncologist
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (select one to attend)
1. Taking Control Through Diet and Exercise
Following a cancer diagnosis and treatment, survivors and their caregivers often focus on making healthier lifestyle choices with diet and regular exercise. Additionally, cancer treatments may cause a variety of side effects and those can vary from person to person. During this session you will learn how physical activity and good nutrition can help combat some of the common side effects, and assist you in improving impaired mobility, reducing fatigue, and helping you return to function following treatments. You will also learn about general exercise recommendations as well as survivorship dietary guidelines, including modifications for side effects specific to certain GI cancers. Finally, you will also discuss the importance of collaborating with your health care team before you start any exercise program or nutrition plan.Facilitated by Andrew Albright, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA and Amber Martin, RD, CSO, LD
2. GI Cancers in Diverse Populations: Engaging Diverse Populations in Prevention, Treatment, & Clinical Trials
GI Cancer incidence and death rates differ for individuals from different races and ethnic groups. During this session, you will learn about the disparities that exist, along with contributing factors such as lack of medical coverage, barriers to screening, or unequal access to treatment. We will explore some of the most popularly held myths that can also become barriers to individuals seeking timely medical care. The importance of participation in clinical trials will also be discussed. Finally, you will learn what actions that you can take to have a positive and lasting impact not only on your health and well-being, but also on that of your community. Facilitated by Electra Paskett, PhD
3. Coping with Cancer When It Feels Like a Rollercoaster Ride
Receiving a GI cancer diagnosis and learning about the follow-up treatment process can often feel like a rollercoaster ride, full of ups and downs and unexpected twists and turns. This can be true for both the cancer survivor and their caregiver(s). Normal reactions to this experience can include high levels of anxiety and stress, uncertainty about the diagnosis and treatment process, difficulty communicating with loved ones, and fear of disease progression and recurrence. During this session, you will be provided with specific strategies and tools on how to cope with the emotional ups and downs that can happen at any stage of your cancer journey. Facilitated by Alissa Banyasz, PhD and Lyanna Lee, MDiv
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Expert Panel Open Q&A: Dr. Anne Noonan, medical oncologist, Dr. Alan Harzman, surgical oncologist, Dr. Evan Wuthrick, radiation oncologist, Heather Hampel, genetics, and Denise Schimming, survivorship
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Experiential Offering: Yoga (breathing, meditation) Facilitated by Jenn Gebhart, RYT and Urban Zen Integrative Therapist
12:30 - 3:00 Massages available
Parking: Please note that parking is free, but a parking pass is required. You will receive a parking pass via email approximately one week prior to this program. Please print the pass and display it on your dashboard when you arrive at the event.
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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.