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On October 5th and 6th, Cotting Connection presented Cancer Rehabilitation - The New Frontier  Conference 2007 at Simmons College in Boston.

Cancer Rehab conference 2007

This conference was design to introduce healthcare, fitness professionals, survivors and their families and friends to treatments used for breast cancer patients and help them develop plans that will encourage the safely return to active life after cancer. Cotting Connection would like to thank all our wonderful speakers, presenters and conference participants who came from as from Washington State to Dublin Ireland!

Cancer Rehabilitation Conference: the new fronteir
The Annual Cancer Rehabilitation Conference

Each year, we present a Conference unique in the field of Cancer Care. Click here for information on this year's conference. Cancer Rehabilitation: the New Frontier will introduce care practitioners (nurses, physical therapists, social workers, personal trainers, exercise physiologists, massage therapists, fitness professionals & survivors) to new surgeries and techniques used to treat patients of women’s cancers reducing the risk for serious side effects or injury.  Attendees receive a “Cancer Conscious Practitioner” (CCP) designation.

Download this year's Cancer Rehabilitation Conference poster here!

The History of our Conferences

Over the past 4 years, Cotting Connection has presented ground-breaking conferences designed to introduce care providers and the cancer survivors themselves about techniques used to treat cancer. It is widely recognized that diet and exercise can reduce the risk of a cancer reoccurrence but finding that delicate balance of “just enough but not too much” is critical.

The biggest problem is that breast cancer survivors are often their own worst enemies. Sometimes after the battle for their lives they are simply on sensory overload. They leave the hospital setting without knowing how to protect themselves from injury or side effect. After months of treatment, many can’t wait to take on the world. Others are afraid to move at all for fear they will simply break. That’s where the health and fitness care providers come in.

Physical and Occupational Therapists are trained to rehabilitate our broken and bruised bodies after injuries and surgeries. Most often, their practices serve the general population whose most common injuries are orthopedic in nature. Few Colleges that offer degree programs in these fields introduce students to cancer treatments. So when they are introduced to a new patient who is a cancer survivor, they must go back to the drawing board to design a treatment plan.

In the “olden days” (10 years ago) cancer was a life threatening disease. The average age a woman would face a breast cancer diagnosis was over 50. A good prognosis was a life expectancy of 10 years after treatment. Today as women are being diagnosed younger and younger and treatment protocol is changing on an almost daily basis, we need to make cancer treatment information available to these therapists. We need to ensure that they are able to put our reconfigured bodies back into shape without triggering lymphedema or herniated muscle that is working overtime. Our health care providers MUST have access to this information in order to safely serve their customer base.

The same goes for every fitness professional, every exercise specialist and every complementary care provider. Those guiding the cancer patient toward a healthy new life must have this information to protect the cancer survivor from injury. Care providers cannot rely on survivors to make themselves known in a class. Often, they don’t even know they are at risk. After months of treatment, they feel great. Sometimes, they have put their cancer experience in the back of their mind to simply get beyond it. Sometimes they are seeking treatment for an unrelated injury and forget their body may be compromised. Many have been so private about their diagnosis they are simply to shy to make it known. It is better ask every client if they have ever had a serious medical condition than take the risk hurting someone.

Our goal is to make Fitness and Health Care Professionals “Cancer Conscious" by introducing them to the treatments that breast cancer patients endure during the difficult journey through active cancer care. We bring top speakers in the industry together to discuss current issues in cancer from the diagnosis through the range of surgeries and reconstruction, to radiation and chemotherapy and recovery. Our programs have been well attended by a variety of those working in the continuum of cancer care as well as a growing number of survivors who hope to better understand their cancer journey and make the most of their new found life. After all, as our motto says, if you’ve “Got Life, Get Living!”

In 2006 we presented Cancer Rehabilitation: the New Frontier”. Students said: “The speakers were knowledgeable and passionate about cancer rehab and the growing need for these services” and “Cotting Connection is a wonderful organization. Thank you for your passion and drive to help survivors.”

Available Downloads:
2006 Conference Curriculum
2006 Speakers

In 2004 our first conference, Becoming Cancer Conscious” was developed as part of Cotting Connection’s “Got Life? Get Living!” initiative. Our goal was simple: To increase the number of resources available to cancer survivors. The reviews were enthusiastic and offered resounding support.

Available Downloads:
2004 Conference Curriculum   
2004 Speakers

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