Conference for cancer survivors and healthcare providers Jan. 17

At Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth Beach
December 30, 2012

The Sussex County Survivorship Coalition has organized a conference for cancer survivors and healthcare professionals to take place from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel in Rehoboth Beach.

After Ringing the Bell: A Cancer Survivorship Conference is offered at no cost, but attendees must register by Friday, Jan. 11, by calling Jo Allegro-Smith at 302-645-9150, or emailing

The conference, for which healthcare professionals will be able to earn continuing education units, will focus on helping survivors transition past patient status. It will help attendees identify tools and tips and create a core component of a survivor care plan.

Survivors and healthcare providers will learn how to identify post-treatment emotional concerns as they integrate mind-body medicine in cancer survivorship care.

Lille Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and the Johns Hopkins Survivorship Programs, will speak. A leader in the field of breast cancer care, she has worked tirelessly to improve the care of breast cancer patients around the world. Shockney has written 13 books and more than 250 articles on this subject. She also serves on the medical advisory board of several national breast cancer organizations and is the cofounder and vice president of a national nonprofit organization, Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer.

Shockney is also editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship, and she serves on the Leadership Council of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, a national organization that provides a network for all professionals involved and interested in patient navigation and survivorship care services for managing the complexities of the cancer care treatment continuum for their patients

Clare Wilson, RN, MS, the cancer care coordinator at Tunnell Cancer Center, and a certified well coach, will speak about Mindful Living. Other speakers will be Sage Bolte, PhD, with Inova Health System’s Life with Cancer Program; and Judy Pierson, EdD, a licensed psychologist in Rehoboth Beach.

A continental breakfast and a lunch will be provided.

The Sussex County Survivorship Coalition was formed in July 2011 to coordinate the efforts of the variety of local organizations that traditionally have reached out to cancer survivors.

“The idea was that the organizations could schedule their own efforts to address the needs of people living beyond cancer, while at the same time supporting the efforts of the other organizations,” said Judith Ramirez, EdD, manager of Psychosocial Services and Outreach at Tunnell Cancer Center.

The coalition has grown and now includes Tunnell Cancer Center of Beebe Medical Center, Nanticoke Cancer Care Center of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Cancer Support Community-Delaware, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, American Cancer Society, Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, Cancer Care Connection and Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Philadelphia Affiliate.

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness and restore optimal health with the people residing, working or visiting in the communities it serves. For more information go to


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