Every day the scenario is repeated: a person in a doctor’s office hears the word “cancer.” From that moment, his or her perspective of the world changes. They all know someone−a family member, relative, co-worker, neighbor−who has been diagnosed, undergone treatment, who is recovering from or is a survivor of cancer. They know some of those outcomes have been positive…there is hope. But unfortunately, they also know there is loss. The loss may take many forms: loss of life, of livelihood, of body function or perhaps a portion of the body itself. At that moment in the clinic, for that individual and his/her loved ones, life changes. They are now part of a growing group: people affected by cancer. The journey they take back toward some sense of normal life can be long and arduous. However, it’s not a journey that must be taken alone. Help, support and guidance are available.
During our upcoming events at UTMB, we will Celebrate Cancer Survivorship. We know life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. If you are combating cancer or are a cancer survivor, love or care for someone affected by cancer, or are a health care professional with an interest in cancer, come learn and celebrate with us.
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Lunch & Lecture on Cancer Survivorship
Featuring Carolyn (Cad) Dennehy, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado and cofounder of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute. Space is limited to 120; lunch will be catered by Mario's.
At the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI Center), 4700 Broadway, Suite B101 [view map]
2–4 p.m. Survivorship Breakout Sessions
Small participatory workgroups led by members of the survivorship program, sponsored by a UTMB President’s Cabinet Award. Featuring Julie Dial, exercise physiologist; Patrice Houston, stress management specialist; and Lyuba Levine, counseling in nutrition and cancer survivorship. Activities also include the American Cancer Society-sponsored program “Look Good/Feel Good,” which provides patients undergoing chemotherapy advice and assistance on issues such as cosmetics and headwear.
At the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI Center), 4700 Broadway, Suite B101. [view map]
5–6 p.m. Cancer Survivorship Keynote Lecture
Featuring Carolyn (Cad) Dennehy, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado and cofounder of the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute. Refreshments will be provided.
On the UTMB campus, Levin Hall North Auditorium, Market between 10th and 11th streets. [view map]
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Celebration of Life
Music, refreshments and fun. At 12:15, we will build a “human chain” of cancer survivors
UTMB campus, on lawn east of Administration Building, 200 University Blvd. [view map]
Pam Nicolini (UTMB)
Carolyn A. "Cad" Dennehy, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). She cofounded the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute at UNC and served as director of programs and education from 1996 to 2002. At present, she is founder and president of Second Wind Cancer Rehabilitation, a privately owned company that provides symptom management services to cancer patients. Dr. Dennehy has published books and articles and authored numerous successful grants. She continues to conduct research on the benefits of exercise for cancer patients both during and after treatment. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Colorado Cancer Coalition. Dr. Dennehy received her PhD from Texas Woman's University in exercise physiology. She resides in Estes Park, Colorado.