Woman's Hospital to host cancer conference Saturday

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Beyond the surgery, chemo or radiation, cancer can alter every part of a woman's life.

"As much as we try to help patients keep their old schedule and old routine we want them to know that once you hear the word "cancer" your life does change," said social worker Tracy Johnson. "We help them to find the "new me" and we try to keep the "new me" as close to the "old me" as possible."

For example things like body image, diet or just talking to your family about your care can be a challenge. Woman's Hospital is bringing together all their resources in one place to help women before, during and after treatment with the Surviving and Thriving: Women Living with Cancer conference.

"Everybody who could possibly affect your diagnosis will be there to talk about things you can do to help now, while you're in treatment, things you can do before you start treatment if you have not already started and then for women who are starting on their survivorship," said Johnson.

Even the food served at the luncheon will showcase recipes from a cook book called Eating Well through Cancer by healthy eating expert Holly Clegg. Her cancer cook book has nearly 200 recipes divided up to help patients find food that can actually help ease side-effects.

"It really can make a difference. A lot the medicines you need a higher fiber diet. You have stomach problems, tummy aches, and there are foods that are more soothing to your diet," said Clegg.

For more information on Clegg's book, click here.

The keynote speaker is DeeDee Jonrowe, the foremost female dog musher who is also a breast cancer survivor.  Just four weeks after her last chemo treatment, she competed in the annual Iditarod race in Alaska.

Other free seminars include topics that focus on body image, nutrition and emotional support.

While the seminars are free to attend you must register for the event online.

The luncheon is $15 to attend.

The event is Saturday, October 5, from 8 am to 3:15 pm at the Renaissance Hotel.

For more information, click here.

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