The Vail Symposium kicked off the 2018 summer season with a healthy dose of inspiration and advice on Sunday, June 3. Partnering with the talented team from the Shaw Cancer Center to commemorate Cancer Survivor Day, the program “Life After Cancer: How to not only Manage but Thrive” provided nearly 200 attendees with information on actionable steps to take to lead healthier lives.
Dr. Elizabeth O’Donnell provided compelling evidence for the impact of exercise on cancer cells. This was complemented by Tracy Crane’s discussion on how diet can slow the progression of cancer. Fred Bartlit, author of “Choosing the Strong Path,” made the case that sarcopenia, the frailty and weakness associated with advanced age, is not inevitable and encouraged those in attendance to adopt strength training to fight it. Helen Coons acknowledged that sexual health often suffers due to fatigue, body issues, medications and a host of other pressures during cancer recovery. She offered advice and suggestions for improving sexual health. Diet and exercise may not be cure-alls, but the evidence suggests that not only can they aid in recovery from cancer, together they can help everyone lead healthier lives.