Forum considers needs of cancer survivors as numbers grow

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By Anne-Gerard Flynn | Special to The Republican

Baystate Medical Center’s Dr. Diane Dietzen is among the speakers at “Cancer Survivorship 101,” a day-long forum being presented Saturday, June 8, from 8:30 to 3 p.m. in Max’s Tavern conference room at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Survivorship refers to the growing number of individuals who have received a cancer diagnosis, have been or are in treatment and are living longer and thus raising the question – are they getting medical care informed by this history and their concerns?

The event features presenters from some of the country’s top cancer centers addressing issues like fear of cancer recurrence, sexual intimacy after a cancer diagnosis and integrative medicine.

It also features presentations by cancer survivors including former Boston Red Sox CEO Lawrence “Larry” Lucchino, principal owner and chair of the Worcester-headed Pawtucket Red Sox, who was treated in 1986 for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where he now chairs the Jimmy Fund.

Organizer Dr. Jay Burton, an area primary care physician and blood cancer survivor as well, calls the event for survivors and caregivers “unique.”

“This is a unique educational event,” said Burton, an Enfield-based primary care physician with Springfield Medical Associates and founder of the non-profit Survivor Journeys.

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