Patient Care

Wilmot Cancer Institute to Host Survivorship Symposium Focused on Cancer’s Impact on Family

Mar. 15, 2019
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UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute will host its 2019 Survivorship Symposium on Saturday, April 13. Open to all, this day-long event aims to share strategies to help enrich quality of life during and after cancer treatment. It will take place 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 East River Road, Rochester.

More than 15.5 million people in the U.S. live with cancer – and each has family members or close friends who also feel the impact of a cancer diagnosis. Navigating life after that diagnosis proves challenging, but this symposium strives to provide inspiration and advice.

“Those who are diagnosed with cancer experience immense physical, cognitive, emotional and financial, challenges, and their lives profoundly change. We want them to know, through it all, they are not alone,” says Louis “Sandy” Constine, M.D., director of Wilmot’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program. “Family members and friends also bear the heavy burden of cancer, and this year’s event is intended to help both patients and their families and friends.”

Speakers include:


  • Louis “Sandy” Constine, M.D., professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Pediatrics at Wilmot Cancer Institute and director of Wilmot’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program
  • David Korones, M.D., professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital
  • Michelle Shayne, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, at Wilmot; clinical co-director of the Judy DiMarzo Survivorship Program; and director of Wilmot’s Hereditary Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction Clinic
  • Michael Stolten, M.D., resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Wilmot
  • Michelle Kettinger, L.M.S.W., social worker at Wilmot’s Highland Hospital location
  • Mary Casselman-Collazo, L.M.S.W., social worker and program director at Gilda’s Club Rochester
  • David Holub, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UR Medicine

A full agenda for the day is available on the event’s website.

In addition to lecture-style talks, various cancer-related community organizations will have tables with information. Lunch is provided.

The cost for the public to attend is $10 per person. For the medical community seeking CME, nursing or social work credits, prices vary. Parking is available at the venue at no charge.

To make attending easier for those who live beyond Monroe County, shuttle buses will be available from the Sands Cancer Center in Canandaigua and from the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center in Dansville. There is no charge for those taking the bus. Attendees wishing to take the bus can sign up in the event registration.

To learn more or register, visit or call (585) 275-6956.