Breast cancer conference provides education and support

Keynote speaker Dr. Alexandra Ginty with her daughter Olivia Ginty, a Queen’s University medical student. Photo supplied

Life After Breast Cancer is a full day conference open to anyone who has been affected by any stage of breast cancer and their support network.

The conference will be on Friday, Oct. 25/2019 at the Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s.

“This highly-informative conference has taken place every two years since 2001 and typically attracts over 300 participants, many of whom are breast cancer survivors,” a press release from Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Regional Cancer Program said. “It also draws people who have not been diagnosed with breast cancer but are still deeply impacted, such as survivors’ family and friends and people at higher risk of developing this disease for hereditary reasons.”

Dr. Alexandra Ginty, the regional lead for cancer screening in Mississauga/Halton is this year’s keynote speaker.

“A family doctor and hereditary high-risk breast cancer survivor. Dr. Ginty also has a master’s degree in leadership and is an assistant professor at McMaster University. She has been dubbed `Dr. Both Sides’ because she has experienced cancer as both a physician and patient,” the press release says.  “Dr. Ginty underwent a double mastectomy and lost her hair from cancer treatment. After discovering she carried a genetic BRCA mutation – associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer – she elected to pre-emptively have her uterus and ovaries removed.”

“Her passion for awareness and change is strong, and she is heavily involved in survivorship and on provincial advisory boards. Her book, Both Sides: When the Doctor Becomes the Cancer Patient, chronicles her story and offers poems and healing tools to help people manage adversity,” the release said.

The conference features several workshops, information tables, community resources, expert guest speakers and lunch.

A wide range of issues will be covered during the conference.

  • cancer genetics,
  • the role exercise can play in recovery,
  • the impact of a cancer diagnosis on adolescents and young adults,
  • managing lymphedema,
  • cannabis and cancer,
  • strategies to promote mental health, sexuality,
  • breast reconstruction
  • and living with uncertainty.

Registration is $40 before Sept. 30/2019, $45 after. Registration is done by visiting visit www.hamiltonhealth.ca/LABC or call 905-575-6398.