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Join us for these FREE webinars on various cancer survivorship topics.  All webinars are open to patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates and health care professionals. Please make sure to register for each event you are interested in attending separately.

Upcoming Webinars

May 16, 2018 ~ Fostering Resiliency in Families Facing Cancer
Presented by Carissa Hodgson, LCSW, OSW-C
When someone is diagnosed with cancer it affects the entire family. A common concern is how to support children and teens through a parent or loved one’s diagnosis. Resilience is defined as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”. While some people have a natural ability to “bounce back” from challenging situations, most of us need help in navigating something as serious as a cancer diagnosis. Learn how to engage your natural strengths, pull together specific resources, and build new skills to create a stronger and more resilient family.
12:30pm PST/2:30pm CST/3:30 EST

June 13, 2018 ~ 
Palliative Caring: Improving Care Through the Early Integration of Key Palliative Principles

Presented by Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Too often patients learn about palliative care only when their cancer is advanced, but evidence tells us that earlier integration of palliative care is best. We’ll explore strategies to move palliative care upstream to improve quality of life for both patients and their families.
11:30am PST/ 1:30pm CST/2:30pm EST

 12, 2018
 ~ Hot Topics in the Law
Presented by 
Joanna Morales, Esq.
Get the latest updates on federal, state, and local laws that have an impact on the cancer community, including medical marijuana, death with dignity, and paid leave.
1:oopm PST / 3:00pm CST / 4:00pm EST

August 15, 2018 ~ Understanding & Managing Pain

Presented by Dr. Yvette Colón
While pain may be common during and after cancer treatment, it is not something you just have to “live with.” This webinar will review different types of pain as well as effective management. Dr. Yvette Colón will provide tips for tracking your pain levels, considering treatment options, talking about pain with your health care team,  and other practical suggestions for dealing with pain during and after treatment.
12:00am PST/2:00pm CST/3:00pm EST

 12, 2018
 ~ Medicare: An In-Depth Look 
Presented by Monica Bryant, Esq. 
There are almost 50 million Americans who rely on Medicare for their health care needs. Whether you have been on Medicare for years, or this is the first year you are eligible, you may still have questions about how to choose your coverage. This webinar will cover the basics of the Medicare system, including how to become eligible, the different “Parts,” financial assistance, supplemental coverage, and  what to think about during open enrollment.
1:oopm PST / 3:00pm CST / 4:00pm EST

 16, 2018 ~ 
10 Tips for Choosing and Using Health Insurance
Presented by Monica Bryant, Esq.
There are three main ways to get health insurance: through an employer, by buying a policy directly from an insurance company, or through a governmental plan (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). Regardless of how you get your health insurance, you may have choices. Open enrollment comes up once a year and allows you to make changes to your coverage or to pick a new plan. This webinar will cover the key things to look for when comparing plans and how to choose a plan that works for you. This  webinar will cover the things to look for when comparing plans and how to choose a plan for you.
1:oopm PST / 3:00pm CST / 4:00pm EST


November 15 – Stress: What it is & What to do About It
Presented by 
Dr. Nancy Fawzy, PhD, RN
You know you have stress in your life but are you too stressed out to do anything about it? This webinar will really explain what stress is, how it affects everyone differently, and most importantly, provide simple, common sense and practical techniques to get your stress under control.
1:oopm PST / 3:00pm CST / 4:00pm EST

 Past Webinars

(Please note: some past webinars are not listed because updated versions are listed)

April 11, 2018 ~ Caregivers: Learn to listen to yourself and cultivate beneficial self-care habits
Presented by Julie Larsen
The role of the caregiver can be deeply meaningful and intimate. Yet the emotional, practical, and physical demands of the role can be mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. It is common to lose sight of your own needs. This webinar will provide tips to help you learn to listen to yourself, become more mindful of your unique stress responses, and develop habits you can use to care for yourself along the way. When your needs are acknowledged and met, you become a stronger and more capable caregiver.
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March 13, 2018 ~ Cancer Survivorship Care Plans & Late Effects
Presented by Joanna Morales, Esq. & Saro Armenian, MD
Cancer Survivorship Care Plans can be valuable tools to understand the cancer treatment you have received and how it impacts your ongoing follow up care after cancer treatment is completed. This session will discuss the elements of an effective care plan, share ways to access plans, explain long-term and late-term side effects that some cancer survivors may experience, and provide information on screening options related to those side effects.
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February 7, 2018   ~ Cancer Nutrition Tips & Truths
Presented by Julie Lanford MPH, RD, LDN
Are you confused about what is fact when it comes to nutrition and cancer? Everyone seems to have an opinion on what you should eat but you wonder which suggestions actually have evidence. In this session, we will cover topics including popular nutrition myths, 5 core truths about nutrition and cancer, nutrition tips for managing side effects, and what to eat for optimal well-being for cancer survivors during and after treatment. Get your questions answered as Julie coaches you through facts, truths and practical methods to decide what’s right for you!
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January 24, 2018 ~ Taking Time Off and Paying For it
Presented by Joanna Morales, Esq.
Understanding how federal and state laws, employer policies, and disability insurance work together is key to being able to take time off work, maintain an income, and protect your job and employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. There are also options for caregivers who need to take time off work. This session will cover the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family & Medical Leave Act, state leave laws, and disability insurance options, and explain how they can work together for you.
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November 15, 2017 – Caring for Yourself, Staying Engaged and Navigating the Holiday Season
Presented by Julie Larson, LCSW
The holiday hustle and bustle can be overwhelming and exhausting for any one.  As a cancer survivor currently in treatment or still managing long term effects, or a caregiver for someone coping with cancer, this time of year amps up the complexity of self care.  Social gatherings, endless to do lists, never-ending joy and the expectation to do it all are often in stark contrast to the reality of treatment schedules, test results and the uncertainty of tomorrow.  During this webinar, take a break with us and some time to reflect on your priorities for the holiday season, the values that guide you through this time and the opportunities that provide the most fulfillment and true joy.  Being mindful of how you prepare for a busy social calendar or protect yourself from particularly tender moments may help you not only find your way through the frenzy, but care for yourself along the way.
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October 18, 2017 – Choosing Wisely: How to Pick Insurance Plans
Presented by Monica Bryant, Esq.
There are three main ways to get health insurance: through an  employer, by buying a policy directly from an insurance company, or  through a governmental plan (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). Regardless  of how you get your health insurance, you may have choices. Open  enrollment comes up once a year and allows you to make changes to your  coverage or to pick a new plan. This webinar will cover the key things  to look for when comparing plans and how to choose a plan that works for  you.
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October 4, 2017 – Embracing Genomics in Cancer Care: Focusing on the Individual Patient
Presented by Dr. Christy Russell, MD
The science of cancer care has changed significantly over the last several decades.  With advancements in science there are new treatments available and options for patients.  This webinar will discuss the difference between genetics and genomics, as well as discuss their importance in cancer care.

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September 19, 2017 – “Chemo Brain” & Accommodations: At Work & At School
Presented by Joanna Morales, Esq.
“Chemo brain,” is a term used to describe the cognitive changes that may come with cancer treatment, including memory challenges and trouble focusing. This webinar will review the latest research on chemo brain, and provide practical tips to address chemo brain in your daily life. We will also describe practical ways to use legal protections such as reasonable accommodations to help you deal with chemo brain at work and at school.
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August 16, 2017 – When Health Insurance Says No: Understanding Appeals
Presented by Monica Bryant, Esq.
Has your health insurance company denied coverage for a treatment, procedure or a prescription drug?  You don’t need to take “No” for an answer.  Depending on the type of health insurance coverage you have, there is a process for appealing your insurance company’s decision.  This webinar will describe the appeals process for private health insurance, employer-sponsored health insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid, to help you get the medical care you need.
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July 19, 2017 – Protecting Yourself & Your Family by Planning Ahead
Presented by Monica Bryant, Esq.
Estate planning can be overwhelming and can often bring up topics that are difficult to discuss.  However, being prepared can also bring a sense of comfort.  This  webinar will cover the various documents that can make up an estate plan, things to consider as you begin the process of creating your plan and options available to individuals to protect their medical decision making rights.
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July 12, 2017 – Anticipatory Grief and End of Life Care: How to Prepare and Care for Life-Changing Events
Presented by Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C
This webinar will review and discuss the common emotions, reactions and challenges of preparing for life changes. This includes a loss through death, change in relationship, financial implications and daily and behavioral changes that occur as part of coping with loss. While the focus on this webinar will be on End of Life, topics will be applicable to overall life changes due to a cancer diagnosis and how caregivers and loved ones can best prepare and care for themselves leading up to, during and following these changes.
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June 21, 2017 – An Update on Our Health Care System*
Presented by Monica Bryant, Esq.
The U.S. House of Representatives has recently passed the American Health Care Act, making changes to the Affordable Care Act; and the President has proposed a 2018 budget with significant potential impact on our health care system and cancer research. The U.S. Senate is currently considering their own legislative proposals to change our health care system.

This webinar will explore these and other potential changes to our health care system, where these potential changes are in the law-making process, and what these changes may mean for the cancer community.
**Due to the changing nature of this topic, we will not be posting a recording of this webinar.  However, you can read more about the Senate health care proposal on our blog.

April 19, 2017 – You and Your Body: Cancer, Intimacy and Sexuality
Presented by Barbara Musser
This webinar will explore how cancer diagnosis and treatments affect intimacy, body image and sexual function. Learn about sexual response; how cancer treatment impacts sexual response; and lots of tools to build bridges back to intimacy and sexual pleasure.
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March 22, 2017 – Building a Stronger Relationship With Your Partner after a Cancer Diagnosis
Presented by Allison Schaffer
Relationships can a lot of work, even without a cancer diagnosis.  Learn how to navigate a relationship with your partner after these changes in your life.  Hear about the unique needs of partners facing cancer together, and what tools and tips are most helpful to build a stronger relationship during a difficult time.
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February 22, 2017 – Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) & Cancer: Show Me the Proof!
Presented by Rita Abdallah
According to the National Cancer Institute, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard medical care. CAM for cancer care involves the patient’s mind, body, and spirit, and includes multidisciplinary approaches.”  During this session learn about the risks and benefits of 5 CAM practices for those in active cancer treatment. Explore the latest research to trust or bust these CAM practices. Attendees will be left with practical information if they are interested in pursing CAM practices. Webinar Handout
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January 24, 2017 – Precision Medicine – The future of personalizing cancer care
Presented by Dr. Swati Sikaria

Precision medicine is becoming more prominent in the public arena, especially after Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative announced during the last State of the Union Address. This webinar will address some of the most common questions around precision medicine such as: What is precision medicine?  How does it relate to cancer? What impact will precision medicine have on your cancer treatment or that of your loved ones?  Is precision medicine available today?
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November 8, 2016 – Don’t Stress the Stress
Presented by Nancy W. Fawzy, PhD, RN
You know you have stress in your life but are you too stressed out to do anything about it? This webinar will really explain what stress is, how it affects everyone differently, and most importantly, provide simple, common sense and doable techniques to get your stress under control.
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September 21, 2016 – Making Sense of the Medicare Maze
Presented by Monica Bryant, Esq.
There are almost 50 million Americans who rely on Medicare for their health care needs. Whether you have been on Medicare for years, or this is the first year you are eligible, you may still have questions about how to choose your coverage. This webinar will cover the basics of the Medicare system, including how to become eligible, the different “Parts,” and what to think about during open enrollment.
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August 31, 2016 – Clinical Trials 101
Presented by Dr. Susan Love and Monica Bryant, Esq.
Clinical trials give us medical advances. This webinar will provide tips on how to find clinical trials, dispel common myths, and explain insurance coverage for clinical trials.
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July 14, 2016 – Plant Based Eating for Cancer Survivors – Do’s and Don’ts
Presented by Julie Lanford, MPH, RD
A plant-based diet has been shown to improve health, help your body function at its best, and save money! Many cancer survivors and cancer caregivers have heard that plant-based eating is recommended, but they aren’t sure exactly what it means or how to know if they are doing it. While plant-based doesn’t mean you have to exclude meat, it does mean including plenty of disease fighting plant foods. Watch this fun and informative webinar to learn practical and tasty ways to transition to more plant-based meals.
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May 18, 2016 – From Cancer Survivorship to Diaper Changes – Creating a Family After Cancer
Presented by Alice Crisi and Samantha Watson
Triage your future family despite a cancer history and long-term side effects. Learn about all your options including: natural, assisted reproduction, donor conception, surrogacy and adoption. Speakers will also discuss grieving losses and financial impact of each option.
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April 19, 2016 – Resilience – Thriving not just Surviving
Presented by Ruth Bachman
Join Triage Cancer for a special webinar on Resilience and the power to not just survive after a cancer diagnosis but to thrive. Experience has taught Ruth that change can serve as a catalyst to sharpen our sense of purpose and our recognition of what is important. How do we discover and enhance our capacity to accept “what is,” embrace it and move forward? Using the metaphor of an hourglass, Ruth will inspire us to recognize our resources for navigating change throughout life: the passage of our sand from one chamber to another resulting in a new arrangement. When change happens, we have a choice: to stick our head in the sand and pretend nothing has happened; or to accept the inevitability of change and live life abundantly. How do we discover and enhance our capacity to live life with resilience? Can we find possibilities and potential gains and focus on those? Living life resiliently requires a balance of many things and is far from effortless. Not unlike a garden, cultivating resilience requires intention, patience and effort which allows us to grow.
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February 17, 2016 – Drowning in Documents
Presented by Sara Skillen of SkillSet Organzing
How long has it been since you saw the top of your desk or countertop?  Is it really possible to be totally “paperless”?  And how do you deal with the mountains of paperwork that result from medical treatment in a way that allows you to access what you truly need, and discard what you don’t? “Drowning in Documents” will cover practical and achievable tips for keeping the bills, EOBs, instructions, notices and even junk mail organized and under control.
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August 13, 2015 – Twitter as an Advocacy Tool
A joint presentation with Monica Bryant, Esq. from Triage Cancer and Josh Fernandez from Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Social media is a powerful tool for advocacy, however, many individuals in the cancer community are unsure of how to most effectively use Twitter. This webinar will cover everything from the basics of setting up an account, to how to tweet and engage in Tweet Chats.  The speakers will also discuss issues around privacy and online disclosure. While examples will be focused on advocacy in the Breast Cancer Community, the information presented can be extrapolated to all communities and many types of advocacy.
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August 5, 2015 – Staying healthy after cancer: Behaviors you can adopt to improve your health
Presented by Kathleen Y. Wolin, Sc.D., FACSM
We know that over half of cancers are preventable, but making healthy choices has importance after diagnosis too. Dr. Wolin will review the scientific evidence for what behaviors you can choose during and after treatment for your best health.
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Find the “Fight Cancer with Exercise” resource on Exercise Dr. Wolin refers to in the recording.

June 10, 2015 – What’s teeth got to do with it? The oral and dental side effects of cancer therapy
Presented by Lauren Levi, DMD
Learn about the various oral side effects of cancer therapy, including, chemotherapy, head and neck radiation therapy, and anti-resorptive medications. Dr. Levi will also review the ideal time to visit a dentist during cancer treatment, including the appropriate blood counts for an extraction or routine dental care. Finally, she will speak about methods to help minimize the risk of developing the oral and dental manifestations of cancer treatment.
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February 24, 2014 – Resiliency After Cancer
Presented by Julie Larson, LCSW
A lot has changed since your cancer diagnosis. You have gone through physical challenges and no doubt emotional ones. You may think, “Will I bounce back from this?” “Where do I start?” Julie Larson will use this time to explore the topic of understanding resiliency after cancer: discovering what about you has changed, reflecting on what innate qualities got you through the hardest of times & how you can embrace all of these things in a strong & hopeful way forward.
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June 23, 2014 – Fighting Cancer With Your Fork
Presented by Julie Lanford, MPH
Join us for this interactive session to learn about the 12 most researched foods when it comes to nutrition and cancer. Julie Lanford is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and has over 8 years of experience working with cancer survivors. She is author of the cancer nutrition blog www.CancerDietitian.com and specializes in making health living fun!
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July 28, 2014 – Exercise Is Medicine: Why being active matters for cancer survivors
Presented by Dr. Kate Wolin
You might know that exercise is good for you to prevent diseases (including cancer), but did you know it is important after diagnosis too? We’ll review the exercise guidelines for cancer survivors and talk about the risks and benefits associated with being active during and after treatment.
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August 25, 2014 – How to be a Better Advocate
Presented by Monica Bryant, Esq.
Ever thought about getting involved in advocacy?  Wondered what legislative advocacy entails? Have questions about how to be a better advocate?  This webinar will cover the basics of personal, community, and legislative advocacy.  Even if you only have five minutes a week to dedicated to advocacy there is something you can do to help others coping with cancer survivorship!
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Partner Webinars

The Samfund Presents: “Don’t Drown in Medical Debt”
Presented by:  Monica Bryant, Esq.
Triage Cancer
In this Webinar, Monica will share strategies to avoid medical debt before you find yourself in over your head, reduce medical debt once it starts to add up, and shift and prioritize your regular expenses. Additionally, you’ll learn more about resources available to help negotiate medical bills, how credit counseling agencies can be helpful, and why self-advocacy is such an important part of recovering from debt.
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