DANSVILLE — The Wilmot Cancer Institute will provide transportation for local cancer survivors and their caregivers to a day-long event that helps enrich quality of life during and after cancer treatment on April 13.

 

The 2019 Survivorship Symposium will be hosted by UR Medicine’s Wilmot Cancer Institute at the Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 300 East River Road in Rochester.

 

For the first time this year there will be buses available to help take area cancer survivors and caregivers to this special event. Anyone interested must register ahead of time, and the meeting place will be at Noyes Hospital.

 

Ruth Harper-Rhode, Wilmot Cancer Center public relations associate, said the program has always been available to everyone who is being treated with cancer, or has survived cancer. However, this is the first year they have gotten the transportation available for people in the Dansville area.

 

Suzette McDonald, Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center nurse, said she will be going to the program as well.

 

Harper-Rhode said there will be cancer survivors giving speeches at the event.

 

McDonald is working on a caregiver program at the hospital that is geared towards helping those who work with their loved ones who are battling cancer.

 

“I work with the ones fighting cancer, and I work with their families. I know a lot about what happens. There is a lot of people who work together on helping patients at the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center,” she said.

 

Harper-Rhode said there is a lot of opportunity for cancer survivors to mingle with others who know what they are going through.

 

“This program started as a focus on doctors and nurses. It started to grow as topics of interest for patients and families that are impacted by cancer. This program shows that cancer impacts family and friends as well,” she said. “We have a great list of speakers this year. We always hold this event at the Wilmot Cancer Center.”

 

McDonald touched on the challenges that come with a diagnosis. 

 

“As everyone knows when you get hit with the word cancer there are a lot of cognitive challenges that come with it. We are supportive of family and friends who are going through this too,” she said. “We have created a caregiver support group, and we are always encouraging others to come. They talk about the challenges and frustrations we all face.”

 

The Caregiver Support Groups are in Noyes Hospital every third Tuesday of the month from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

 

Anyone who is interested in the Cancer Survivor Program at the Wilmot Cancer Center on April 13 needs to register at http://www.cvent.com/events/wilmot-cancer-institute-survivorship-symposium-2019/event-summary-a592014f288a470f873d0403d1c509de.aspx or call 585-275-6956.

 

To make attending easier for those who live beyond Monroe County, shuttle buses will be available from the Sands Cancer Center in Canandaigua and from the Ann and Carl Myers Cancer Center in Dansville. There is no charge for those taking the bus. Attendees wishing to take the bus can sign up in the event registration.

The cost for the public to attend is $10 per person. For the medical community seeking CME, nursing or social work credits, prices vary. Parking is available at the venue at no charge.

 

Speakers for the event include: Louis “Sandy” Constine, M.D., professor in the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Pediatrics at Wilmot Cancer Institute and director of Wilmot’s Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program; David Korones, M.D., professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology at UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital; Michelle Shayne, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology, at Wilmot; clinical co-director of the Judy DiMarzo Survivorship Program; and director of Wilmot’s Hereditary Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction Clinic; Michael Stolten, M.D., resident in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Wilmot; Michelle Kettinger, L.M.S.W., social worker at Wilmot’s Highland Hospital location; Mary Casselman-Collazo, L.M.S.W., social worker and program director at Gilda’s Club Rochester; David Holub, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UR Medicine

 

If you want to learn more about caregiver support groups visit https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/cancer-institute/patients-caregivers/support/support-groups.aspx