October 20th Conference Helps Women Thrive After Breast Cancer

Workshops Focus on Fatigue, Mammograms, Research Studies

September 05, 2001

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center's Comprehensive Breast Care Program will hold its third annual Thriving After Breast Cancer conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 20, at the Hyatt Regency. The event is an opportunity for women affected by breast cancer to learn more about recovering and share their thoughts, concerns, and questions with health professionals and each other.

A highlight of the conference is a presentation by Lillian Nail, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N, a former Cancer Center nurse and breast cancer survivor who now works at the School of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon Cancer Institute. Her address is titled "My Get Up and Go Got Up and Went: Understanding and Dealing with Fatigue."

Nail, a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Nursing, is internationally known for her work on cancer treatment-related fatigue and the art of survivorship.

"Overcoming breast cancer is an incredible challenge and this event is a great opportunity for women to get information and skills that help them deal with being a breast cancer survivor," says Nail, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1986. She was treated at the Cancer Center before relocating to the west. A survivor of multiple cancers, Nail also received treatment for Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1994 and 2000.

In addition to Dr. Nail's 10 a.m. presentation, Thriving After Breast Cancer activities include a series of workshops, led by professionals from the Cancer Center and throughout the community. Topics include long-term effects of breast cancer treatment, mammography, clinical trials, couple and family relationships, imagery, qi gong and massage.

"We hope this event and other programs we hold throughout the year will help women learn the most up-to-date information about breast cancer and feel part of a larger community," said Jennifer Griggs, M.D., M.P.H., program co-director.

Griggs works to help breast cancer patients face challenges during and after treatment. These efforts have included educational lectures, panel discussions and workshops on breast cancer-related topics that include nutrition, genetics, breast reconstruction, journaling, lymphedema, pathology report.

"It is clear that women who have had breast cancer feel the effects of their disease long after treatment is complete," says Gretchen Ahrendt, M.D., co-director of the Comprehensive Breast Care Program. "Periodic visits to physicians' offices are not adequately designed to meet their informational and emotional needs. Our program and the many educational workshops we offer bring women and those who love them together to inform, inspire and help them feel connected, rather than isolated."

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 275-4797 or e-mail beverly_brooks@urmc.rochester.edu. The cost is $35 per person, and scholarships and childcare are available. Anyone interested in donating funds to support the scholarships can contact Beverly Brooks.

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