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Oct. 12th Conference Offers Humor to Get Beyond Breast Cancer

Thriving After Breast Cancer Offers Education, Healing and Hope

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

The James P. Wilmot Cancer Center's Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program will hold its fourth annual Thriving After Breast Cancer conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Conference Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

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 Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S., director of education and outreach at the Breast Center at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Shockney is a breast cancer survivor and author and she will discuss “The Other Side of Breast Cancer – Finding Humor Where your Least Expect It.”

She is vice president of Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer, a national support organization. Her most recent book, Breast Cancer Survivor’s Club – A Nurse’s Experience, will be available on site.

In addition to Shockney’s 9:45 a.m. presentation, Thriving After Breast Cancer activities include a series of workshops, led by professionals from the Wilmot Cancer Center and throughout the community. Topics include journaling, weight management, imagery, support systems, and a special question-and-answer session panel discussion on breast cancer issues. Participants can also receive a 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., medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program.

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.

“Women who have had breast cancer feel the effects of their disease long after treatment is complete,” says Gretchen Ahrendt, M.D., surgical director of Comprehensive Breast Cancer 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 (585) 275-4797 or e-mail Free child-care will be available but registration is required by Friday, Oct. 4.

The Conference Center is located at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Kendrick Road. Parking is available on site. The cost is $40 per person. Scholarships are available. Anyone interested in donating funds to support the scholarships can contact the Program Office at (585) 275-4797. ##

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