Cancer Survivorship 101

Optimal Support for Cancer Survivors in Primary Care Naturopathic Practice

WHEN: Tuesday, August 5
WHERE: The Arizona Biltmore
PRICE: $195 for members, $225 for non-members

There are currently 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States. By 2022, this number is expected to grow to 18 million. Primary care naturopathic physicians can and will see these patients in their general practices.

AANP and OncANP are partnering to bring you a one-day conference, Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at The Arizona Biltmore, on Cancer Survivorship that will be held the day before the AANP conference begins. This pre-conference will cover topics that primary care naturopathic physicians need to know when working with this patient population.

We hope to instill both a healthy sense of awareness in practitioners so they know what symptoms suggest recurrence and a healthy sense of optimism so that their patients are encouraged to make the lifestyle changes that will lower risk of recurrence and keep them among the survivors.

A Note from OncANP President Jacob Schor
The Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians is organizing a one-day seminar in naturopathic oncology that will be held just before the AANP’s conference begins at the Biltmore. Last year OncANP’s one-day conference in Keystone that focused on breast cancer proved so successful that we thought we would give it another try this year.

This year’s OncANP pre-conference, in keeping with the overall theme of the AANP conference, will focus on the information that all primary care naturopathic physicians need to know when dealing with cancer survivors. Whether or not you choose to practice naturopathic oncology, you will be seeing cancer survivors as patients. These are a unique group of people who have different needs and concerns from your general patient population. OncANP’s goal is to provide you with the information to feel comfortable with these patients but more important to offer them the help they need.

Planning these one-day seminars is a different experience from planning larger conferences. Think of large conferences as something like a potluck dinner. All sorts of people bring interesting contributions that don’t necessarily go together. Planning these one-day conferences is more like planning the menu for a themed party. The parts fit together. We skip the "calls for abstracts" and instead work out the general topic with OncANP’s board members.

This year I had the pleasure of working with Lise Alschuler to outline, in detail, the day’s lecture topics and then invite specific speakers to cover these topics. The end result, we hope, will be a day of learning that feels well crafted and leaves you satisfied.

As time passes more and more of your patients will be members of "the cancer survivors club" and even if you think you want to specialize in other things, these people will show up in your office. Even if they are years past their initial diagnosis and treatment, you still need to view them in a different light, from a slightly different perspective.

While we design these pre-conferences to be accessible to all naturopathic doctors, they are not just beginners-only lectures. I think all of our speakers will bring a depth of experience and knowledge so that even our most experienced practitioners will gain something by attending. I am going to lay out in more detail what the day’s menu looks like in the following paragraphs. Continue reading
  • 8:00 – 8:15am, Lise Alschuler: Introduction - Why focus on survivors
  • How do we support Healthy Survivorship
    • 8:15 – 9:15: Shani Fox: Survivorship Medicine for Healing the Whole Person After Cancer
    • 9:15 – 10:15: Mark Gignac: Restoring Health Post Treatment
  • Break 10:15 – 10:45
    • 10:45 – 11:45, Jen Green: Optimizing Survivorship: Altering the Oncometabolic Terrain
  • What we do
    • 11:45 – 12:45, Lise Alschuler: Diet, Exercise and Living the Life
  • Lunch 12:45 – 2
    • 2:00 – 2:30, Tina Kaczor: IV-therapies for recovery and survival in cancer patients
    • 2:30 – 3:30, Neil McKinney: A Materia Medica of Survivorship
    • 3:30 – 4:00, Jacob Schor: Utilizing prescription drugs for patient benefit
  • Break 4:00 – 4:15
    • 4:15 – 4:45, Tina Kaczor: Vigilance against recurrence: a new way of life for cancer survivors
    • 4:45 – 5:30, Concluding Panel Inspiration & Celebration

Total of 7.25 hours CE
General: 5.75
Rx: 1.5