UR Cancer Center Program Helps Women Thrive Beyond Breast Cancer

October 23, 2000

People affected by breast cancer can share their thoughts, concerns, and questions with health professionals at Thriving After Breast Cancer, presented by the University of Rochester Cancer Center's Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program, October 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The day will include presentations by Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D., associate professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Scott Burton, author and cancer survivor who, through humor and juggling, brings a message of hope to those coping with cancer.

Schover is the author of "Sexuality and Fertility After Breast Cancer," a self-help guide for cancer survivors. She will discuss the physical and emotional changes women experience during and after treatment for breast cancer.

Burton, a headlining comedian who has worked with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld, and author of "A Life in the Balance," will address the healing power of humor and the importance of recognizing it in one's life even while battling cancer.

Participants will also attend workshops led by professionals from the Cancer Center's Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program. Workshops include:

  • Advances in Breast Cancer Treatment,
  • Tamoxifen: Questions and Answers,
  • Understanding Your Pathology Report,
  • Breast Cancer and Women of Color,
  • Breast Cancer and the Family,
  • Enhancing Sexual Desire After Breast Cancer.

"Our faculty and staff have worked hard to make this event a reality - their participation in this day truly demonstrates their commitment to women touched by breast cancer," said Jennifer Griggs, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program. "We are hopeful that 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."

Griggs, who became director of the breast cancer program in 1998, has dedicated the practice to addressing the many issues that breast cancer patients face during and after their treatment. These efforts have included educational lectures, panel discussions and workshops on breast cancer-related topics that include nutrition, genetics, breast reconstruction, and journaling. Learning from focus groups of breast cancer patients and survivors, Griggs and her staff continually strive to learn how they can help women live through and beyond their disease.

"It is clear that women who have had breast cancer feel the effects of their disease long after treatment is complete," said Griggs. "Periodic visits to physicians' offices are not adequately designed to meet their informational and emotional needs. Our program and the many educational opportunities we strive to provide are intended to bring women and those who love them together to inform, inspire hope, and to help them feel connected rather than isolated."

Reservations are required for Thriving After Breast Cancer. For information, fees and registration, call Beverly Brooks at 275-4797 or e-mail her at beverly_brooks@urmc.rochester.edu

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