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CMHS Annual Cancer Symposium to Focus on Surviving & Thriving

Ventura, California, 10/08/2012

Learn more about Surviving & Thriving at a free Cancer Symposium Community Memorial Health System is holding on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Ventura Beach Marriott. Physician and local leading experts will be presenting a range of topics.

Patients, their families, the public, caregivers and medical professionals are encouraged to attend. The symposium begins with registration and light continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:00 a.m. through to 1 p.m. Featured topics presented by local experts include:

  • David Letterman-like Top Ten Rules for Cancer Survivorship
    Rosemary McIntyre, M.D., Hematology/Oncologist, Ventura County Hematology Oncology Specialists
  • Developing Your Own Survivorship Care Plan
    Kathryn Burnham, Certified Physician Assistant, Ventura County Hematology Oncology Specialists
  • Creating Your Supportive Village
    Jody Giacopuzzi, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Community Memorial Health System
  • Survivorship and Rehabilitation: A "New Normal?"
    Claudia Steele-Major, Physical Therapist with specialized training (certified) in lymphedema therapy, Community Memorial Health System
  • Nurturing Your Spirit with a Cancer Diagnosis
    Reverend Curtis Hotchkiss, Director of Spiritual Care Services, Community Memorial Health System
  • Thriving with Good Nutrition
    Laura Fuld, Registered Dietician and Nutritionist, Community Memorial Health System
  • Palliative Care Model: When Your Loved One is Diagnosed with Cancer
    Charles Pankratz, M.D., Director of Palliative Care, Community Memorial Health System, and Diana Jaquez, Oncology Certified and Registered Nurse, Clinical Coordinator of Palliative Care Services, Community Memorial Health System

Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Breast Center at CMH, Cabrillo Radiation Oncology Center, Cancer Support Community, CMH Cancer Resource Center, Grossman Imaging Center, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, KVTA Talk Radio, Ventura County Hematology Oncology Specialists, and Your Health Connection, this important event also includes exhibit tables for attendees to gather and take home information on a variety of cancer related topics.

The Ventura Beach Marriott is located at 2055 Harbor Boulevard in Ventura. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 805/652-5385, or visit

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and twelve family-practice health centers entitled the Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.