Lecture Series Focuses on Cancer Awareness, Prevention

May 09, 2003

Rochester area cancer care organizations will hold a series of free lectures on cancer education and care to celebrate Cancer Awareness Month in September. "Cancer - It's Not the End: Living, Thriving, Hoping," features discussions of the future of cancer care, prostate cancer, wellness and survivorship.

The discussions will be from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 5, 12, and 19, and at noon, Friday, Oct. 4. All programs will be at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave.

"This is an excellent opportunity for our community to learn more about what's being done here in Rochester to combat this disease through research, treatment and education," said Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and director of cancer services, Strong Health.

The series is sponsored by James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center, American Cancer Society, Gilda's Club, Rochester Museum and Science Center and the Center for Lifetime Wellness.

Fisher is the featured speaker on Sept. 5. He will address the future of cancer care in Rochester and answer questions from the audience.

"Each day scientists take steps toward answering the many questions about cancers and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center is the leading research site in Upstate New York. Patients, families and friends always want to know more about future treatments and therapies and this education series will offer the opportunity to ask those questions," said Fisher, world renowned lymphoma expert.

Following the discussion, cabaret artists Phyl Contestable and Alan Jones will share songs of hope, healing and hilarity. The local music teachers perform inspiring selections written by cancer patients.

Advances in prostate cancer treatment will be the focus of the Sept. 12 lecture. University of Rochester Medical Center surgeon Jean Joseph, M.D., will discuss laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, a new surgical technique to remove the prostate. Joseph is one of few in the world and the first in New York State to perform this procedure.

A panel discussion on healthy habits for a long life will be held on Sept. 19th. The panel includes:

  • Kim Pelletier, R.D., dietitian at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center;
  • William J. Hall, M.D., of the Center for Lifetime Wellness;
  • O.J. Sahler, M.D., professor of pediatrics, psychiatry, and oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center;
  • Cindy DellaVedova, M.S.W., A.C.S.W., program manager at Gilda's Club; and,
  • Michelle Cooley of the American Cancer Society.

Then, at noon, Friday, Oct. 4, Wendy Schlessel Harpham M.D., will share insights into the art of cancer survivorship. The Texas resident is a graduate of University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, physician, lymphoma survivor, author, and mother of three.

Harpham was diagnosed with low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1990, and underwent intensive chemotherapy. Drawing on her experience as a patient, she wrote a guide for newly diagnosed cancer patients, Diagnosis Cancer: Your Guide Through the First Few Months, followed by four more books that guide patients through various aspects of survivorship. She will participate in a book-signing following the lecture.

For more information about the series, call (585) 273-1119.

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