You may have heard the word chemobrain. It’s a term many transplant survivors use to describe changes they experience in processing information and remembering things after transplant.
There’s a lot of controversy about whether chemobrain is real, what causes it and how long it lasts. But one thing is certain…many transplant survivors like me experience learning and memory difficulties and want to know how to to deal with them!
If you or someone you know is experiencing chemobrain, like me, you won’t want to miss the upcoming
Celebrating a Second Chance at Life Survivorship Symposium
September 10-11, 2011
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta GA
Margaret Booth-Jones PhD, an associate member of the Moffitt Cancer Center and recipient of a 5-year grant from the American Cancer Society to study cognitive issues experienced by transplant survivors, will discuss what is known about the causes of chemobrain, and what can be done to help survivors manage the symptoms.
Ann Mertens PhD will discuss the incidence of learning and organizational problems in pediatric transplant survivors, and identify which children are at greatest risk. Dr. Mertens is Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University where she investigates late effects of childhood and adolescent cancer treatment. From 1994-2006, she was the project director for the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Study, which evaluated late effects of treatment in more than 20,000 5-year cancer survivors.
Jordan Gilleland PhD, a clinical psychologist at the Alfac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare Atlanta, will join Dr. Mertens to explain when and how to test children for learning problems. She will outline interventions that can help overcome these difficulties, and discuss how to work with your child’s school to get special educational services.
These are just two of the great sessions that are scheduled for the Celebrating a Second Chance at Life Symposium. You can view all the offerings at bmtinfonet.org/Atlanta2011/agenda.
If you can make it! Come equipped with your questions. The distinguished team of medical experts will be on hand to address your concerns and help you develop a plan to live well after transplant.
Space is limited so reserve your spot soon. Special hotel discounts are available if you reserve by August 17th.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts and other survivors how to live well after transplant.