‘Beyond Cancer’ Event on Jan. 30 will Focus on Finding Joy after Treatment

Beyond Cancer: Finding Joy, a unique event for cancer survivors, family, friends, caregivers and the Tucson community presented by Community Cancer Connections at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort at 7000 N. Resort Drive in Tucson.

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 340,000 cancer survivors reside in Arizona alone. Although many programs exist to support patients undergoing cancer treatment in the Tucson community, very few are available to help cancer survivors reclaim their lives after treatment is over. In response to this unmet need, the first annual Beyond Cancer event was held in 2015.

The focus of the 2016 event is “finding joy” after cancer treatment. Presenters will include keynote speaker Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH, CCFP, from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and Khevin Barnes, a cancer survivor, award-winning comedy magician and laughter yoga instructor. A variety of activities (sound therapy, dance, healthy cooking demonstrations), lectures (intimacy and cancer, oral health), and therapies (massage, Reiki, reflexology, Bowenwork) to promote healthy living and long-term wellbeing in cancer survivors will be offered.

Doors open at 8 a.m. and registration is $20. For more information/registration, please visit http://uacommunitycancerconnections.org/content/beyond-cancer-finding-joy.  A limited amount of scholarships to attend this event are available. Please contact Leah Campos at leahcampos@email.arizona.edu for more information.

About Community Cancer Connections:

Community Cancer Connections is a community partnership project focused on improving the lives of those affected by cancer. Led by faculty and staff at the UA College of Nursing, the aim of the project is to provide information about resources and services in Arizona that promote the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors and their families.

Mary Koithan, PhD, CNS-BC, FAAN, associate dean of professional and community engagement and the Anne Furrow Professor of Integrative Nursing at the UA College of Nursing, is the director of this project. An internationally recognized leader in whole-systems healing and research methodologies, Dr. Koithan is also a breast cancer survivor of 14 years.

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11/09/2015 - 6:50am
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