Utah Cancer Survivorship Day

Utah Cancer Survivorship Day 2010 is a chance to celebrate the breakthroughs and help cancer survivors and their families learn more and feel good again.

The picture for cancer patients has been changing gradually over the years. There has been a change as treatment has improved, there are now more survivors than before. There are better treatments and better survival rates. There are currently 10,000,000 cancer survivors in the U.S. As there are more cancer survivors, they also deal with more complex issues, including how to live with long term effects of chemotherapy.

Utah is celebrating that with the annual Utah Cancer Survivorship Day 2010.

What: Utah Cancer Survivorship Day 2010: Thriving and Celebrating Life. The half-day conference and community event is to help cancer survivors and their families. This is the fourth year the conference has taken place in Utah.

Why: Cancer survivors of all ages need help facing the physical, emotional and financial challenges that come with the disease. Conference attendees will receive information about healing and ways to feel good again. They will also have a chance to share their experiences with fellow survivors.

When: Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: University Marriott (480 Wakara Way in SLC)

Who: Key note speakers will include: Michael Siler, director of government relations, American Cancer Society (Utah), and Linda Hill, three-time cancer survivor.

Additionally, “A Slight Discomfort: A One Man Play” will be performed by Paul Kiernan. The play is an emotional, informative, humorous take on one man’s struggle with prostate cancer. The play is based on the experience of Jeff Metcalf, a professor of English at the University of Utah. The play was written by Metcalf.

Participants will have the opportunity to speak with other cancer survivors and patients about the struggles and triumphs of life with and after cancer. All major cancers have their own discussion group with a facilitator.

The Conference is FREE. Please register at www.ucan.cc/regsummit.

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