Cancer survivors, cancer patients, friends, family and caregivers are invited to attend Living Beyond Cancer A-Z, a free symposium on Jan. 21, put on by the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center. It will feature a full day of learning, empowerment and discovery and will take place at UT Health San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Long School of Medicine’s Holly Auditorium.
“For cancer survivors, patients, their loved ones and caregivers, this symposium offers an opportunity to hear from leading experts who will share insights in cancer diagnosis, treatment and management. They will learn about the latest advances and discuss important strategies for coping with the effects of cancer.” said Ruben Mesa, MD, FACP, executive director of the Mays Cancer Center.
Informative discussions and breakout sessions will include:
Understand Your Cancer
Take control of your journey by learning about your diagnosis. Groups of world-renowned cancer experts – including medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and other supportive care team members – will lead disease-specific breakout sessions. They will share insights on several different types of cancer, including the latest treatment options, and will be available to answer questions.
Breakout sessions include:
- Bladder and kidney cancer
- Breast cancer
- Endocrinologic cancer
- Gastrointestinal and colorectal cancer
- Gynecologic cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Hematologic cancer
- Liver, biliary and pancreatic cancer
- Melanoma and cutaneous cancer
- Neurologic cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Thoracic cancer
Discover Helpful Resources and Tools to Live Your Life
A cancer diagnosis shouldn’t keep you from living the life you want to live. The conference will feature topics seldom discussed in the exam room, but important to patients in treatment, recovering or who have been cured. You’ll discover the tools, resources and support you need to stay physically, emotionally and mentally strong throughout your entire cancer journey.
Breakout sessions include:
- Mindfulness and spirituality
- End of life
- Adolescents and young adults
- Taking Care: A Guide for Family Caregivers
- Role of integrative medicine in cancer care
- Healthy eating habits
Join Expert-Led Discussion
Cancer care and treatment extend beyond the exam room for many patients. This symposium offers individuals with cancer at any stage of their journey, their loved ones and their caregivers the opportunity to hear top experts in cancer diagnosis, treatment and management, and discuss important strategies for coping with the effects of cancer. These include:
- Physical activity
- Complementary and integrative therapies
- Stress management techniques
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the latest advances and approaches to living and thriving with cancer.
The conference is free and open to the public. To register, visit https://cancer.uthscsa.edu/livingbeyondcancer.