The embargo on all abstracts part of the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium lifted at 5:00 p.m. ET on Monday, February 12, 2018. An embargoed presscast (virtual press briefing held via teleconference and webinar) was held at 12:00 noon ET on February 12 for credentialed media.
- Symposium Highlights New Research on the Needs and Care of Cancer Survivors
ORLANDO, Fla. – Nine key studies featuring research on survivorship care will be presented at the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, taking place February 16-17 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. These select abstracts discuss new insights for the care of patients after cancer treatment, including issues of cost, patient engagement, exercise, late effects of cancer, and insomnia. Read the full release.
- Many Young Adult Cancer Survivors Do Not Seek Follow-up Care After Treatment Ends
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new study suggests that a large percentage of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) who have been treated for cancer do not seek follow-up care after their primary treatment ends, despite its importance for long-term health. AYA cancer survivors are at increased risk for heart problems, infertility, and secondary cancers from cancer treatment. Read the full release.
- Exercising During Chemotherapy for Breast or Colon Cancer Has Long-Term Benefits
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A follow-up study to a randomized clinical trial reveals that exercising during adjuvant (post-surgery) chemotherapy helps people engage in more physical activity years later. Four years later, people with breast or colon cancer who had participated in an 18-week exercise program while receiving chemotherapy engaged in physical activity 142 minutes per week or 20 minutes per day more, on average, than those who did not participate in the exercise program. Read the full release.
- Web-Based Intervention Helps Kids Stay Physically Active After Cancer Treatment
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A pilot study of cancer survivors ages 11-15 suggests that a web-based, interactive intervention that provides rewards for exercising can motivate kids to stay physically active. Moderate to vigorous physical activity increased by an average of nearly 5 minutes a week in the group that used the intervention and decreased by an average of over 24 minutes in the control group. Read the full release.
- Exercise Speeds Improvement in Arm Mobility After Surgery for Breast Cancer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – New findings from a clinical trial of women with breast cancer suggest that guided exercise with a physical therapist after lymph node dissection helps women regain their range of arm motion more quickly. Read the full release.
- Therapeutic Sexual Aids Frequently Not Available for Cancer Survivors Who Need Them
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Cancer care guidelines recommend that cancer survivors who experience sexual dysfunction after cancer treatment use therapeutic aids to help improve their sexual health. However, a new study of 25 leading cancer centers found that 87% of the centers reported having no sexual aids available on site for men, and 72% reported having no aids for women. Read the full release.
- Upcoming Symposium to Feature New Research on Physical Activity, Sexual Aids, Follow-Up Care for Cancer Survivors
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Co-sponsors of the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium announced today five abstracts that will be highlighted in the meeting’s official Press Program. Read the full release.
Watch the Presscast Recording
- View a recording of the February 12 presscast, featuring five studies from the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium
Meet the News Planning Team
- Lewis E. Foxhall, MD, FAAFP
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
American Academy of Family Physicians
- Carol A. Rosenberg, MD, FACP
NorthShore University HealthSystem
American College of Physicians
- Timothy D. Gilligan, MD, MSc, FASCO
American Society of Clinical Oncology
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2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium:
- 2017 Symposium to Feature New Insights for Patient Care After Cancer Treatment
SAN DIEGO – Five studies highlighting notable research on survivorship care will be presented at the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, taking place January 27-28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. These select abstracts provide a better understanding of the risks associated with treatment and the late effects of cancer. Read the full release.
- Young Thyroid Cancer Survivors Face Increased Risk of Heart Conditions, Osteoporosis
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In the United States, thyroid cancer incidence is increasing more rapidly than any other cancer and is commonly diagnosed at a younger age than most adult cancers. Read the full release.
- Nearly Half of Partners of Young Breast Cancer Survivors Experience Anxiety; Underlying Factors Identified
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new analysis finds that 42% of partners of young breast cancer survivors experience anxiety, even several years after their partner’s cancer diagnosis. Read the full release.
- Three-Quarters of Patients Report Decreased Physical Activity After a Cancer Diagnosis; Contributing Physical and Psychological Factors Identified
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new survey of patients treated for cancer in 12 hospitals finds that as many as 75% of patients report reducing their physical activity levels following a cancer diagnosis, despite its proven benefits. Read the full release.
- 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium Press Program to Feature New Research on Exercise, Mental Health, Late Effects of Cancer
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Co-sponsors of the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium announced today three abstracts that will be highlighted in the meeting’s official Press Program. Read the full release.
- View a recording of the January 23 presscast, featuring three studies from the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium