LIVESTRONG will be hosting a class specifically for young adult cancer survivors. Life after treatment goes on, but it also presents a new set of challenges. This class will help cancer survivors, their caretakers, and health professionals who work with them understand the unique challenges they face. We will also share various existing resources that can help cancer survivors and healthcare professionals.
Each year, nearly 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer. However, survival rates for young adults haven’t increased in 30 years, for many factors including lack of insurance, less participation in clinical trial and delayed diagnoses. The young adult cancer survivor group, caught between pediatric and adult cancer, is often overlooked. Many issues follow young cancer survivors well after their diagnoses and treatments, like going back to work or school, managing relationships, and handling follow-up care after treatment.
Our presenters are:
Devon McGoldrick, the Director of the Community Programs and Engagement team at LIVESTRONG. She oversees national and community partnerships and designs programs that support people affected by cancer around the world. She has had extensive experience in the healthcare field, and is an expert in adolescent and young adult oncology, and the development, implementation and oversight of projects and partnerships.
Joni Watson MBA, MSN, RN, OCN, a master’s-prepared certified oncology nurse. She is the clinical nurse manager of a cancer care team at Shrivers Cancer Center. Previously, she was the director of the Nurse Oncology Education Program, a nonprofit project of the Texas Nurses Foundation dedicated to ensuring all nurses are educated on cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship.
- Classes are open to anyone affected by cancer (survivors, caregivers, family members, etc.)
- Date: Thursday, October 25 2012
- Time: 6:30 until 8:00pm
- Place: 2201 E. 6th, Austin, Texas 78702