Good Samaritan to Participate in Indiana Cancer Survivorship Summit

At the end of 2012, there were nearly 287,000 cancer survivors living in Indiana according to the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC). Many cancer survivors face short- and long-term physical and emotional side effects after treatment and are too often lost in the transition from patient to survivor.

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) is teaming up with the ICC to host the Indiana Cancer Survivorship Summit: Lean on Me. This event will focus on the needs of cancer survivors while also taking an in-depth look at the research and best practices that can improve health services for a Hoosier’s cancer journey.

The summit will be held on Wednesday, June 8, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (CST) in the University Center/Carter Hall on the USI campus. The target audience is professionals and advocates involved in cancer detection, treatment and survivorship including primary care doctors, medical oncologists, nurses, navigators, community health educators, public health professionals, social workers and staff of community cancer support agencies.

“Cancer doesn’t end when treatment stops,” said Caleb Levell, ICC Director. “Survivorship begins at diagnosis, and continues throughout the remainder of a person’s life. It’s critical that we begin to address how to better meet the needs of Indiana’s survivors.”

Event topics and learning objectives include:

  • Improving Indiana’s quality of cancer care utilizing coordinated services, especially during times of transition;
  • Identifying the roles and responsibilities of medical professionals and practitioners before, during, and after treatment;
  • Increasing knowledge of cancer survivor needs and identify strategies to improve psychosocial concerns and engagement in healthy lifestyle behaviors;
  • Understanding the Commission on Cancer’s national recommendations of implementing survivorship care plans;
  • Discussing the impact evidence-based survivorship programming can have in a hospital and community setting; and,
  • Discovering newly released continuing education resources on cancer survivorship.

Keynote speaker is Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH, of Harvard Medical School. Other speakers include Roger Shinnerl, MD, of Evansville Surgical Associates, Inc.; Allison Harvey, MPH, CHES, of George Washington Cancer Institute; and Kevin McMullen, MD, of Indiana University School of Medicine.

Registration is free, but required; lunch will be provided. The sponsor for the 2016 Survivorship Summit: Lean on Me is Deaconess Cancer Services. Continuing education credits will be provided for health care professionals. Click here to learn more and register for the Indiana Survivorship Summit.

Those interested in reducing the burden of cancer in Indiana should consider participating in the ICC. The ICC is a statewide network of partnerships whose mission is to reduce the cancer burden in Indiana through the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive plan that addresses cancer across the continuum from prevention through palliation. Participation in the ICC is open to all organizations and individuals interested in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, survivorship, data collection and advocacy regarding cancer-related issues. For more information, or to join the ICC, visit www.IndianaCancer.org.

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