Living Well Beyond Cancer Survivor Series

Living well beyond cancer - Survivor SeriesThe Living Well Beyond Cancer Survivor Series is designed to help individuals with cancer, their families and caregivers build knowledge around the side effects people often experience because of cancer and its treatment.

Throughout the series, we will be joined by many cancer rehabilitation experts who will share their knowledge of common side effects, highlight early warning signs and explain how ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation therapists can help people proactively manage and overcome these impairments.

Whether you or a loved one have recently been diagnosed, are undergoing active treatment or are transitioning/have transitioned into survivorship, this program is for you.

Our goal is to help individuals with cancer prepare and live well. We hope you will join us.

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Tips for navigating the holidays
The holiday season can be a joyful time, but it can also leave you feeling overwhelmed and a little stressed – especially when managing the challenges of cancer. In this session Jessika Wheeler, occupational therapist and ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Program director, shares tips and tricks to help you prepare for this busy time.

Jessika details strategies to help you with:

  • Time management
  • Energy conservation
  • Socializing and setting boundaries
  • Planning for religious traditions
  • Asking for help when you need it
  • Staying active
  • Practicing mindfulness

You will leave this session with a toolkit that will help to make your well-being a priority while also enjoying special traditions and time with those you love.

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Person writing on notepadTaking charge of cancer-related cognitive decline
Join Erica Guardascione, speech-language pathologist and ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation therapist as she discusses how patients can take charge of their cancer-related cognitive decline (CRCD), a side effect experienced by many people who have had or are undergoing cancer treatment.

In this session Erica will:

  • Explain what CRCD is and what factors often cause and impact this treatment’s related side effects
  • Discuss how CRCD can impact your day-to-day activities
  • Provide guidance on how to improve your cognitive abilities
  • Share experiences of patients she and her colleagues have treated over the years who have found great support and relief through therapy
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cancer rehabilitation patient with therapistAn Introduction to Cancer Rehabilitation
Join Michael D. Stubblefield, MD for an introduction to cancer rehabilitation where he discusses:

  • What cancer rehabilitation is and why it is so important for many individuals affected by cancer
  • The common impairments ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation therapists can help to manage and overcome
  • When cancer rehabilitation should be included in a treatment plan
  • The role of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists as cancer rehabilitation clinicians

This session will help you understand the “why” of cancer rehabilitation and how it is possible to maintain function and quality of life during cancer treatment and beyond.

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cancer related fatigueCancer Related Fatigue
Join Audrey Stockwell as she explores the impacts of Cancer-Related Fatigue (CRF) and varying ways cancer rehabilitation therapy can help.

In this session she will:

  • Define CRF and how it differs from normal fatigue
  • Explain when and how it develops and how to identify it
  • Discuss why cancer rehabilitation therapy is important and how it can help to manage CRF
  • Provide examples of patients who have successfully managed CRF through rehabilitation therapy

CRF is common among individuals currently undergoing treatment or living with a history of cancer.  This session will present many strategies to proactively manage and overcome the challenges of CRF and live well beyond cancer.

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LWBC - cancer-related painHow to manage cancer-related pain
Join Daniela Bucio as she discusses one of the most frequently reported side effects of cancer treatment - pain.

In this session Daniela:

  • Defines cancer-related pain and describe its multidimension nature
  • Explains when pain can provide a benefit vs. knowing if you are experiencing elevated levels of pain
  • Helps to identify what may be causing pain
  • Explores various cancer rehabilitation strategies that can help to manage pain and provide relief

Although pain is very common among individuals with cancer, Daniela explains that doesn’t mean it is “normal” and is something that you have to endure. She shares many ways that you can take control of your pain and regain quality of life.

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LWBC series - mindfulness and emotional supportMindfulness and Emotional Support
Join Dr. Loran Vocaturo for an insightful discussion on the practice of mindfulness and its connection to emotional health.

This session will help you understand what mindfulness is, what it is not and why it is beneficial for individuals and families who have been affected by cancer.

The following topics will be explored:

  • Different types of stress and impact on health and well-being
  • Mindfulness and its benefits
  • How to develop mindfulness strategies to promote well-being
  • Incorporating a mindfulness practice into daily life

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