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CHI Health St. Elizabeth Hosts Breast Cancer Survivorship Conference

August 25 2015

LINCOLN, NE – CHI Health St. Elizabeth Breast Care Center is hosting a free conference for breast cancer survivors called Beyond the Ribbon: Creating a New Normal.

Finding a new normal after battling breast cancer can be difficult. The conference, designed to help women move forward with their life after a cancer diagnosis, will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 7:30 a.m. – 1p.m. Women will receive the latest information on treatment options and gain emotional support from presenters, staff and other survivors.

The number of cancer survivors is growing due to improved treatments and early detection of cancer. Today, there are more than 2.9 million women in the United States with a history of breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. Some of the women are cancer free; while others may be undergoing treatment.

“More people are surviving cancer today, but the treatments can cause late and long-term effects,” says Karen Pribnow, certified breast cancer nurse navigator at St. Elizabeth Breast Care Center. “Our conference is designed to give survivors information to help them address the medical, emotional and social needs they are facing after their diagnosis.”

The conference will be held at St. Elizabeth located at 555 S. 70th Street. Six oncology experts will cover topics including bone health, exercise, nutrition, the latest in cancer treatments, legal aid and living with a cancer diagnosis. A schedule of the speakers is available at CHIhealthStElizabeth.com.

As a conclusion to the conference, motivational speaker and cancer survivor, Stephanie Nichols, will share advice on moving forward with your life after cancer. Life after treatment can be complicated by fear, anxiety and grief. The actual healing from a cancer diagnosis continues long after treatment is over.

The conference is also open to health care providers who wish to learn more about survivorship. Medical professionals are encouraged to attend to get a better understanding of the physical and emotional effects that survivors must overcome and live with throughout their life.

Please register for the conference online or by calling 402-219-7000.

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