This upcoming November 12, 2010, the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the STAR Program (Survivors Taking Action & Responsibility) are hosting a regional conference in downtown Chicago, IL. The event, titled Cancer Survivorship 101: Educating Primary Care Providers in their Treatment of Cancer Survivors will teach health care professionals how to better serve cancer survivors.

This event at the new Prentice Women's Hospital (250 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL) will highlight how physicians, internists, nurses, social workers and other caregivers can maintain the health of both adult and childhood survivors of cancer. Experts from around the country are presenting current knowledge on post-cancer health risks, racial disparities in cancer survival, and the psychosocial care of cancer survivors.

A member of the Oncofertility Consortium will also present her work with cancer survivors. Dr. Clarisa Gracia, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, is an expert in reproduction and infertility in cancer survivors. Given the results of cancer treatment on fertility, do survivors have to worry about contraception? What other post-cancer effects do cancer survivors face that may impact their reproductive health? Dr. Gracia will present answers to questions such as these in an afternoon seminar.

The event will also allow like-minded health care professional discuss their experiences with cancer survivors and examine the different models of cancer survivorship follow-up care. Physicians who attend can earn continuing medical education credits for attending the daylong conference. To register for this event, click here.



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