Surviving the "C" bomb: moving beyond cancer to wellness


Louisville, Ky. -- The Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) is hosting a free one-day seminar to help cancer survivors in the Louisville area cope with the after-effects of cancer. The event aims to help survivors focus on wellness and learn about resources available to them. The day will include exhibits, demonstrations and small breakout sessions covering mind and body healing, insurance and advance directives, fear of recurrence, coping with sexual changes after cancer, and art, music and movement therapy.

“This is a forum where patients and caregivers can find support for living life with a cancer diagnosis and then to proceed with their life,” said Pam Temple-Jennings of KCP. “For patients, it will give them an opportunity to address concerns that may not be discussed in the doctor’s office and help them find programs targeted toward the patient during and after treatment.”

The program also will address support for caregivers of those with cancer.

“The caregiver is the one person who knows everything that is going on with the patient,” Temple-Jennings said. “They coordinate the patient’s care, serve as the primary communicator to family, friends and medical staff, all while trying to help the rest of the family and themselves. They need to take care of themselves during this time.”

The seminar is Saturday, June 1, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the University of Louisville Clinical and Translational Research Building, 505 S. Hancock St. Registration is in the main floor lobby. Free continental breakfast and lunch are provided. Free parking is available in the garage adjacent to the building. Activities for children age 3-12 will be available at Gilda’s Club, 633 Baxter Ave. Call 502-371-3032 for information on childcare.

This is the first conference of its kind organized by KCP in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Friend for Life, Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana, the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center, Baptist Health Cancer Care and Norton Cancer Institute.

Participants can register here or call KCP 502-852-6318.

About the Kentucky Cancer Program:

The Kentucky Cancer Program (KCP) serves every corner of the Commonwealth with information and services to reduce the impact of cancer. Created by legislation enacted in 1982, KCP was established to reduce cancer incidence and mortality through education, research, and service. The program is administered jointly by the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer center and the University of Kentucky Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center. KCP has 13 offices across the state, staffed by cancer control specialists who coordinate cancer prevention and early detection programs, patient and family services and professional education and training, and who mobilize communities through coalitions and partnerships to address local cancer problems.

Posted on 2019-05-29 by Betty Coffman