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Screening and Survivorship

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Robin Schoenthaler
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The presentation "Survivorship and Screening: Two End of the Cancer Spectrum" is a one-hour talk designed to define issues in both cancer screening and cancer survivorship: how to help your well patients with screening for early detection, and then how to help your cancer patients after their treatment with follow-up and survivorship issues.

In terms of screening, the talk will review up-to-date guidelines for screening of breast, cervical, colon, lung, and prostate cancer and will discuss the rationales for these sometimes conflicting guidelines. The presentation will also discuss ways in which the primary care physician and specialist can identify and address the common issues and concerns of cancer survivors including fear of recurrence, long-term side effects, fatigue, sexual issues, financial burdens, and lifestyle changes. We will discuss the role of the physician in surveillance, prevention through lifestyle changes, managing physical and psychosocial effects and screening for second malignancies.

Learning Objectives:
1. Define cancer survivorship and its challenges
2. Identify and be able to address common issues of cancer survivors
3. Convey the impact of exercise in cancer prevention
4. Apply evidence-based cancer screening measures for the general population



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Dr Robin Schoenthaler is a radiation oncologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  She grew up in Northern California and is a product of the University of California educational system, having gone to UC Berkeley has an undergrad and then UCLA for medical school and UCSF for residency.  She specializes in the treatment of women with gynecologic and breast cancers and has had a long-standing interest in the needs and issues of cancer survivors.  She is also a published essayist with a website at  She herself has survived now almost 26 winters in Boston and looks forward to retiring in San Diego at some point in the next decade or perhaps next week. 

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