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Cancer survivors are living longer with improved early detection and advances in treatment options, but medically managing cancer is not the only treatment. Lifestyle improvements are being shown to play an important role in cancer survivorship. Survivorship rates continue to improve, both in the state and here in the Vail Valley, which is a testament to the tireless work done by doctors and researchers, the care of the cancer center staff and the indomitable spirit of the patients. But the ultimate goal in life is not only to survive – but to thrive.
Join the Vail Symposium and the Shaw Cancer Center as Dr. Patricia Hardenbergh moderates a panel of four experts as they discuss issues affecting survivors and the positive outcomes from successfully managing: Sexuality, Diet and Exercise and overall wellbeing.
“Sexual Health in Adults with Cancer: Improving Communication and Satisfaction,” with Helen L. Coons, Ph.D., ABPP. Sexual health is a common concern among adults coping with cancer. This presentation will review the impact of cancer and its treatments on body image and sexual functioning in women and men with cancer. We will also discuss steps you can take to improve your sexual well-being and communication in relationships.
“Eat to Thrive,” with Tracy Crane, Ph.D., MS, RD. Learn about the latest research and benefits of good nutrition to help you eat to fight – and prevent – cancer.
“Choosing the Strong Path,” with Fred Bartlit. Sarcopenia is a little known muscle-wasting condition that impacts everyone. It wasn’t until 2016 that it even received a diagnosis code from the World Health Organization, so few doctors discuss it with their patients. The cause is inactivity. The cure is activity. Sadly, most adults in the United States aren’t getting even the minimum amount of required exercise. Fred Bartlit learned about sarcopenia a decade or so ago and then made it his mission to spread the word so that as people entered their 50s they would heed his warning and start hitting the gym hard.
“Lifestyle Medicine,” with Dr. Elizabeth O’Donnell. Dr. O’Donnell will discuss the use of lifestyle interventions such as exercise and diet before, during, and after a cancer diagnosis to optimize outcomes.
This program is sponsored by Vail Health and generously underwritten by Mary Pat & Keith Rapp.
Medical Director of Radiation Oncology
Shaw Cancer Center
Director of Lifestyle Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
University of Arizona
Health Psychology Solutions
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