Almanac

Community - September 8, 2010

Cancer caregiving conference at Stanford

A daylong conference on the issues surrounding caring for someone with cancer is set for Saturday, Sept. 11, at Stanford University, and includes a keynote speech by New York Times health and wellness columnist Jane Brody.

Seminar topics include daily care, family dynamics, self help, hospice, insurance issues, pain management and caring for the caregiver who cares for the patient, according to a statement from Stanford. Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome and introduction at 9 a.m.

Ms. Brody is the author of "Guide to the Great Beyond," designed to help families prepare medically, legally and emotionally for the end of life, regardless of health status, the statement said. She speaks widely on health and wellness and is known for practicing what she preaches in terms of exercise and diet.

"Caregiving is both an important responsibility and a gift," said Portola Valley resident Pam Naeve, the director of community education at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. "Family and friends often serve as caregivers and don't have time or take time to care for themselves while caring for loved ones."

The most effective caregivers are those who take good care of themselves as well, she added.

The $20 registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The event is being put on by Cancer Prevention Institute and co-sponsored by the cancer center, health library and hospital at Stanford.

Go to cpic.org or call 888-315-5988 for more information.

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