Second Annual Coping With Cancer Symposium Featured Practical Tips, Humor

Program brings top cancer expertise to the Outer Banks

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted more than 100 in Kitty Hawk, NC for the second year in a row.  The event was held Friday April 30 and Saturday May 1, 2010 at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Speakers included well-known inspirational speaker Barbara Bates Smith, who gave her presentation “The C Word” on Friday evening.

The educational program featured presentations by top experts on the role of genetics in familial cancer, the role of exercise in coping with cancer treatment and treatment-related side effects, the new biology of cancer and targeted therapy, psychosocial interventions for cancer patients and lessons from the perspective of a health care provider thrust into the role of cancer patient.

“This is a unique event that provides useful information for providers, patients, and their caregivers on many of the components of cancer diagnosis and therapy that are often not included when discussing specific treatments or specific diseases,” said Tom Shea, MD, Associate Director for Outreach at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and director of UNC’s Bone Marrow Transplant Program.

Presented in collaboration with the County of Dare, ECU Physicians & Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center, The Outer Banks Hospital, UNC Cancer Network and University Health Systems Pitt County Memorial Hospital, the meeting focused on practical strategies for health care providers, patients and families faced with a cancer diagnosis.