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Life After Cancer: How to Not Only Manage, But Thrive

  • 02:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

Life After Cancer: How to Not Only Manage, But Thrive

Living at Your Peak

With Fred Bartlit, Helen L. Coons, Ph.D., Tracy Crane, Ph.D. and Dr. Elizabeth O’Donnell

moderated by Dr. Patricia Hardenbergh

June 3, 2018

Doors open at 1:30 p.m.; program from 2 – 4 p.m.

Westin Riverfront Resort, Gondola Ballroom | Avon 

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.

About the Speakers

Fred Bartlit is a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott. He’s considered by Chambers USA Legal Rankings 2017 as, “arguably the best trial lawyer in the United States.” He’s tried over 100 major cases in 24 states, the Virgin Islands and Scotland and he’s the only trial attorney to have been selected by two U.S. Presidents from two different parties: by President Bush to represent him in the 2001 U.S. Presidential election Tallahassee, Florida “hanging chad” trial and by President Obama to be the “President’s Chief Counsel” for President Obama’s National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Fred co-founded StrongPath.com and co-authored “Choosing the StrongPath” – both created to educate adults on how strength training can combat disease.
Helen L. Coons, Ph.D. is a board-certified clinical health psychologist who has worked with adults with cancer and oncology teams for over 25 years. She provides care to women and men with early and advanced cancer as well as their caregivers. Dr. Coons is a dynamic speaker known for her interactive presentations with health care providers and adults with cancer. She is a content expert on psychosocial oncology for media, presented at the Institute of Medicine on Psychosocial Service Needs among Women with Breast Cancer, served on four of Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s (LBBC) professional advisory committees, and LBBC’s Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Coons is President of Health Psychology Solutions, Boulder and Denver, and faculty, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Temple University after interning in Medical Psychology, Duke University Medical Center.
Tracy Crane, Ph.D., MS, RD is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Associate Member of the Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona. Tracy received her Masters of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences and her Ph.D. in Nurse Science and chronic illness management from the College of Nursing at the University of Arizona. She is also a Registered Dietitian. For the past 20 years, she has conducted behavior-based intervention studies of diet and physical activity with her current projects focused on utilizing diet and physical activity to reduce cancer progression in ovarian cancer survivors and investigating how diet and physical activity can be used to alleviate cancer-related symptoms in cancer survivors and their caregivers.
Elizabeth O’Donnell, MD is the Director of Lifestyle Medicine and a multiple myeloma oncologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in Boston. Dr. O’Donnell’s interest in exercise intervention and lifestyle medicine is born out of her own passion for athletics and personal health. As an undergraduate at Yale University, Dr. O’Donnell was a Division I All-American in the sport of lacrosse. At Massachusetts General Hospital, she works to empower cancer patients to reach their optimal level of wellness before, during, and after cancer treatment. Her focus is on lifestyle interventions including regular physical activity and healthy diet to improve cancer outcomes.
Moderator Patricia Hardenbergh, MD, FASTRO has been the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Shaw Cancer Center in Edwards since the cancer center was founded in 2001. Her vision for Shaw’s multi-disciplinary approach to cancer care has been realized through the “Spirit of Survival” program, Shaw’s comprehensive nutrition, fitness and wellness program for survivorship. Dr. Hardenbergh’s commitment to advancing the technology and approach to patient care is exemplified by her contribution to the design of an innovative device to deliver partial breast radiation. In addition, Dr. Hardenbergh pioneered Chartrounds.com, a peer network of radiation oncologists designed to offer education and review of patient cases with some of the top radiation oncologists in the U.S. Dr. Hardenbergh has authored over 50 peer-reviewed medical journal articles and has contributed to American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) publications. She has served as an examiner on the American Board of Radiology and was named, in 2017, a Trustee of the American Board of Radiology. Dr. Hardenbergh received her medical degree from Dartmouth/Brown University Medical School and completed her residency at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Hardenbergh has served as a faculty member at Duke University and has been with Shaw Cancer Center since 2001.
This program is sponsored by Vail Health and generously underwritten by Mary Pat & Keith Rapp.

Note: The doors will open at 1:30 p.m.; the program will begin at 2 p.m.

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