Passport to well-being

    Canadian Cancer Society conference aims to empower cancer survivors,
    patients and their caregivers through and beyond their cancer journey

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - More people are surviving cancer than ever
before - 62%(1) of people diagnosed with cancer now survive their disease.
That's great news but there's more to survival than making it through
    The Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division) will host its first
province-wide Surviving Cancer & Living Well Conference, November 14 to 16,
2008 at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel. The two-day event brings
together a wide range of speakers who will discuss topics ranging from
nutrition to fitness, to the workplace to relationships, matters of particular
interest to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.
    "The conference aims to give people living with cancer and their
caregivers some tools, skills and information to help them live well during
their cancer journey and beyond," says Donna Czukar, Director, Cancer
Information Service, Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division). "We're
excited to offer a forum in which cancer stories can be shared and information
can be gathered on the most up-to-date developments in total cancer healing
for the body, mind and soul."
    Cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers are invited to
participate in the conference to gain practical tips from speakers and each
other. The fresh and unique outlook of the conference's various sessions
allows participants to benefit from a wide range of informative topics such
as: Yoga/Tai Chi, complementary therapies, recurrence/secondary cancers,
cancer research, long-term/late effects of treatment, genetic predisposition
and testing.
    As a young man, TSN SportsCentre anchor Bryan Mudryk, had his own cancer
experience, juggling school and a diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Mudryk, now a
nine-year cancer survivor, will speak at the conference to share his
inspirational cancer story.
    "I work in a field dominated by numbers and statistics. I refused to
become another stat. People need to know that anything's possible if you're
determined and believe," says Mudryk. "At 30, I'm living proof that cancer can
be beaten."
    In addition to exciting keynote speeches and informative sessions, the
conference includes a reception, dinner and evening entertainment featuring
renowned comedian Debra DiGiovanni.
    Participants will also be able to view the poignant Cancer Connections
photography exhibit. This travelling exhibit features black and white
photographs documenting the effects of cancer on the lives of Canadians.
    The cost to register for the two-day conference is $75. For more
information or to register for the conference, please visit

    About the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication cancer and the enhancement of the
quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about
cancer, visit our website or call our toll-free, bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

    (1) Average five-year relative survival rates

For further information:

For further information: DDB Public Relations, James Loftus, (416)
963-4538,; Sonia Gallo, (416) 963-4279,; Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division), Camille
Beaubien, (416) 323-7023,

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