Reclaiming Life After Cancer


With Julia Rowland, PhD

- Tuesday, October 4, 6:30-8:30pm (**5:45-6:15pm: Meet & Greet with YACS)

This talk will explore the reality that for most cancer survivors, being told you are cancer free does not mean you are free of the cancer experience. Cancer can affect every aspect of an individual's life: physical, psychological, social, and existential. Sometimes the impact of these changes is not fully recognized until treatment ends. Thus, making the transition from acute care to recovery is often stressful. Having information about and resources to negotiate this passage thoughtfully can help ensure that you reclaim your life fully after cancer. Topics will include: a review of some of the persistent and late-occurring effects of cancer and its treatment, managing fear of recurrence, and the role that treatment summaries and survivorship care plans can serve in providing direction for a healthy future.

Julia RowlandJulia Rowland, PhD, has worked with both pediatric and adult cancer survivors and engaged in numerous funded studies on quality of life and health outcomes in these populations. She has also written extensively about women's reactions to breast cancer, as well as on the role of coping, social support and developmental stage in a patient's adaptation to cancer, and served as co-editor of the groundbreaking text, Handbook of Psychooncology. Dr. Rowland is Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute and has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of psychosocial aspects of cancer for more than two decades.  Since joining the NCI, Dr. Rowland has championed the identification of Cancer Survivorship as an area of Public Health Emphasis both within and outside the institute.  Dr. Rowland, who received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University, trained and worked at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and held leadership positions in psycho-oncology at Georgetown University and the Lombardi Cancer Center in Washington, DC, prior to assuming her current position.

Young Adult Cancer Survivors are invited to come early for a meet & greet from 5:45 to 8:30pm.

This is a free event. Please note that registration is not required for this program, but is helpful in planning the event. Seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. We hope to see you there!