No one should have to fight cancer alone. Connecting peers with similar experiences is one of the goals of the 9th Annual Cancer Survivor’s Symposium on Saturday, June 15th. The free event, sponsored by Indiana University Health and hosted by the Cancer Support Community of Central Indiana, aims to connect cancer survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals with peers, while encouraging education and exercise.
A panel of IU Health cancer experts from the IU Health Simon Cancer Center will be available in an open Q&A session:
- Dr. Mary Maluccio is a liver oncologist
- Dr. Gordon Watson specializes in lung and head & neck cancers, as well as Cranial Solid Neoplasm (CNS) tumors
- Dr. Irene Minor is a radiation oncologist and hematologist
- Chris Fausel, PharmD, is an oncology pharmacist
Keynote speaker and Emmy award-winning journalist Anne Ryder will share with the audience her personal experiences, having lost her mother to a brain tumor. In memorial of those who have succumbed to the disease, those still in fight and the strength of survivors, participants will release butterflies on the canal in a beautiful display of unity.
Several afternoon breakout sessions focus on topics of fighting cancer under the age of 40, the complexities of insurance, and the “Healing Power of Writing,” led by acclaimed author Bonnie Maurer. The program also combines education with fitness in the “Walk With the Doc,” where participants will be able to walk the canal and receive exercise goodies while learning more about how healthy living fights cancer from Dr. Lida Mina, a breast cancer oncologist. This is the kickoff “Walk With the Doc” event, which will be repeated across the city throughout the summer.
The Survivor’s Symposium is free to the public, who are asked to register by calling 317.257.1505. Attendance is $20 for healthcare professionals obtaining CEUS (LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC).