Morning Breakout Session Options

Writing Your Way to Healing

John Polo, www.betternotbitterwidower.com

Join best-selling author and speaker John Polo as he shares with you how writing has helped him to find healing after the tragic loss of his young wife. During this 90 minute workshop John will lead the group in using various tools and prompts to help each participant find their own writing practice as a means of healing.

Y4C, Yoga for Cancer

Yoga 4 Cancer (Y4C) is a style of yoga that was designed by a breast cancer survivor that modifies traditional yoga postures to be more accessible to individuals who are dealing with cancer. People of all abilities and in every stage of treatment and beyond will benefit from the focus on breathing, increased strength, and balance during this practice.


Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen

One third of all cancers are linked to eating habits. Come and learn how to assemble a cancer fighting tool kit right in your very own kitchen.  We will cover cutting edge anti-cancer food science, discuss a variety of practical ideas on how you can transform your kitchen, and prepare a couple tasty recipes during our time together.


Long Term Side Effect Management

Most cancer survivors will experience late effects from their cancer or treatment.  Come learn about common late effects, preventive and monitoring measures, and ways you can advocate for your long term health care.

Our fabulous team from American Family Children's Hospital- Sharon Freidrich, Wendy Stewart and Paige Mission will present. 

Paige Mission is a post-doctoral fellow in Pediatric Neuropsychology at UWHC and the American Family Children’s hospital. She obtained her doctorate in psychology at UW-Madison and is passionate about early intervention and prevention for youth with complex medical histories and neurodevelopmental disorders. Through her consultation and evaluation process she seeks to promote quality of life and empowerment for individuals and families.

Updates in Naturopathic Cancer Care

Drs. Aaron Henkel, ND and Rebecca Georgia, ND will expand on novel approaches to prevention and treatment of cancer from a complementary medicine approach.


- Dietary updates - Comparing Budwig, Mediterranean, Ketogenic, and Gerson diets

-Medication updates - using "off-label" medications affectively - Low-dose naltrexone, metformin, aspirin, and others.

-Supplementation updates - using science to choose between a myriad of options.


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Afternoon Breakout Session Options

Exercise and Rehabilitation to Combat Cancer-Relat

Join Dr. Julie Lombardo, breast cancer survivor and seasoned physical therapist, as she shares her personal story and her knowledge on, “Exercise and Rehabilitation  to Combat Cancer-Related Fatigue and Depression”.  She holds a strong belief that all survivors should have access to physical therapy to assist them in returning to pain-free, active lives, and she educates survivors that it is never too late to utilize rehabilitation services for cancer recovery.


Introduction to Healing Touch

Healing Touch is an Energy Medicine therapy like Reiki or Therapeutic Touch, which activates a person’s natural energy flow to enhance and support physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and healing.  Come, learn about it, and experience some of the practice.


Karen Allaire and Pat Hank

Helping Your Children Through a Cancer Diagnosis

When someone is diagnosed with cancer it affects the entire family. Parents are usually most concerned with how to tell their children and support them through the process. This presentation will cover the common reactions of children and teens to a cancer diagnosis, how to identify signs of distress, the most effective interventions and resources, and how families can engage their natural strengths to cope with and through a cancer diagnosis.


Carissa Hodgson, LCSW, OSW-C has been a Program Manager at Gilda’s Club Madison (an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community) since 2009. She wears many hats daily, from clinician to educator to program developer and advocate. Her work is shaped by her childhood experience of losing her father and step-father to cancer. Carissa lives in Madison, WI with her social worker wife, young son and silly mutt. You'll find her with her feet on the prairie ground and head turned to the sky, often with a camera in hand.


Palliative Care and Why All Patients With a Cancer

Oncology care can be very complex, particularly when adolescents and young adults are faced with a diagnosis of cancer. Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on the control of symptoms with the goal of improving quality of life for both patient and family. The symptoms that can be  addressed may be physical, psychological, and/or spiritual. Palliative care is often delivered by a team of health care professionals from different disciplines. Although often times associated with end-of-life care, palliative care is appropriate to be initiated at diagnosis regardless of stage of disease/prognosis and age of patient. It is care that can be provided alongside disease-directed therapies.


Cassandra Shumway, MS, RN, OCN, CHPN

Clinical Program Coordinator – Palliative Care, UW Carbone Cancer Center

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