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About the Conference

Stupid Cancer is proud to present Digital CancerCon 2022, which is a free, one-day virtual conference for the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer community. Join us Saturday, November 19, 2022 for important information and plenty of opportunities to chat and connect with your peers.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This event is open to all members of the AYA community, including but not limited to:

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

A full day of breakout sessions, discussion groups and resources to support the AYA cancer experience at any stage, and an opportunity to meet your peers. Check out our agenda!

WHEN DOES IT START?

The conference kicks off at 9:00 am ET on Saturday, November 19. Come back to this page to log in with the information sent to you in your registration confirmation email.

GOT MORE QUESTIONS?

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Agenda

November 19, 2022 09:00 am

Exhibit Hall Opens

November 19, 2022 09:00 am

On-Demand Sessions Available

Plenty of Class: Legal Resources for Young Adults in Higher Education

Shelly Rosenfeld

This on-demand presentation will provide an introduction to the types of legal protections that are available to cancer patients and survivors navigating school. Learn about your rights during the college/higher education application process, once you're enrolled in college or graduate school, and how you might manage or discharge student loans.

The Advocacy Continuum: Self-Advocacy, Advocacy for Others, and Public Interest Advocacy

Veronika Panagiotou
Ph.D. and Bethany Ross

Advocacy is an invaluable skill set that can empower people with cancer to maximize the quality of their own survivorship as well as others. In this on-demand session, learn about the different types of advocacy and the fundamentals of sharing your story...because every time you share your story, you can help to advance improvements in cancer care.

Fertility Preservation: What Can I Do Now?

Megan Solinger
MHS, MA, OPN-CG

Fertility is a quality of life and a survivorship issue which should be \addressed early in the cancer journey. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen: your doctor may not have given you the information, or there might not have been able to pursue fertility preservation at the time of diagnosis. So, how do you broach this topic with your providers now? This on-demand session will help model some conversations and ways to address fertility preservation. Gain valuable resources and learn about developments in the field of reproductive medicine.
November 19, 2022 10:00 am

Gentle Yoga Flow

November 19, 2022 11:00 am

Welcome Session

November 19, 2022 11:45 am

Breakout 1

Addressing the Inclusion of Mental Health within Diverse Patient Populations

We know that mental health support is critical to patient care, but that many people, especially in marginalized patient populations, are not receiving adequate support. Join this dynamic session to engage with other patients, survivors, caregivers, non-profit advocates, and medical professionals in conversations on the mental health needs within the current cancer care landscape. By creating a space to collaborate and co-create solutions, this session will allow participants to leave with real tools to be implemented in your life and/or work to further the inclusion of mental health needs into cancer care.

The AYA Cancer Guide to Exercise: What You Can Do Before, During, and After Treatment

Becky Hughes

Let's get moving! This session, led by a cancer exercise specialist and AYA cancer survivor, will highlight the benefits of tailored exercise programs for those unsure of what kind of physical activity is appropriate. Regardless of where you are in treatment or recovery, join us to get started reducing treatment side effects and improving your body image, mental health, and overall strength.

Writing the Story You Need to Tell: Prompt-Style Healing Writing Workshop

April Stearns

Want to write your story but aren’t sure where to begin? Maybe you love writing but have a hard time finding the time. Maybe you don’t write currently, but would like to try. This prompt-style writing workshop is a great way to start - prompts help you enter the page and guide your thoughts so you don’t have to stare at a blinking cursor feeling lost and discouraged. Together we’ll write away some of our stress — and find some healing by using writing as a tool to find meaning.
November 19, 2022 12:45 pm

Lunch Digital Meetups

November 19, 2022 02:00 pm

Breakout 2

Four Easy Ways to be a Badass Caregiver Advocate

Erin Galyean

Every patient deserves a Badass Advocate, but not every caregiver has the tools to be one. If you want to learn how to powerfully advocate for your loved one, this session is for you. In this dynamic presentation, learn strategies to advocate for your patient, like how to build a support team, ask effective questions, remember key conversations, and prepare for the day ahead.

Integrative Medicine for Cancer: Mythbusting!

Laura James
ND, FABNO

When's the last time you fell down an internet rabbit hole about "alternative therapies"? Is there something that you're interested in trying, but are afraid to ask your oncologist about? With so much advice and information out there, it can be really difficult to sort through the noise and know what to trust. This informative session will dispel some myths and present balanced, evidence-based information about using integrative therapies in cancer care.

What is Mindset and Does it Really Matter?

Julie Larson
LCSW

Your mindset is the way you make sense of the world around you. This lens influences the way you think, the way you feel, and how you might behave in certain situations. In this session, we will talk about mindset myths that can get us into trouble and learn ways to cultivate a mindset that will authentically support your cancer survivorship.
November 19, 2022 03:15 pm

General Session

November 19, 2022 05:00 pm

Breakout 3

Disenfranchised Grief: Grieving the Spectrum of Loss as a Caregiver

Amity Good
MSW, LCSW

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, you may experience a spectrum of loss experiences that you grieve, but feel like you can't give space to them. This caregiver-focused session will focus on Disenfranchised Grief, or grief that may not be acknowledged or considered "legitimate." Join for a space in which you can give your grief a voice, feel supported to grieve all of the losses in between, and learn how to better cope with this type of grief by finding community with other caregivers experiencing similar feelings.

Accessing Mental Health Resources 101

Kyle Freeland
LPC, NCC

We hear all the time about the importance of caring for your mental health, but mental health resources can be really difficult to access when you need them the most. If you're already struggling or not feeling physically well, even a google search can be incredibly daunting. This session will break down what types of mental health support are available, how to decide what's the best fit for your current needs, and best practices for acccessing care.

Getting to Know Your Full Cancer Care Team

When you think of your medical care team, oncologists and nurses are probably at the top of the list. But there are a range of other professionals with specific expertise whose job is to care for you! Join this session to learn more about some of the "unsung heros" of your medical team and how they can support you, with a panel featuring an oncology pharmacist, social worker, dietician, and more.

November 19, 2022 06:15 pm

Closing Session

November 19, 2022 06:45 pm

After Party: Dance Lesson

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Frequently Asked Questions
This event is totally free! To register, click the "Register" button above.
Digital CancerCon will open at 9 am ET for our live event day on Saturday, November 19th. The digital environment will stay open for on-demand access until December 19.
Go to stupidcancer.vfairs.com and enter using the login information you recieved in your registration confirmation email. You can leave the site and return any time to log back in.
The Digital CancerCon virtual environment will remain open for one month after the live conference day. So, even if you're not able to join us live, you'll still be able to view recorded breakout sessions, download Stupid Cancer resources, visit the Exhibit Hall, and chat with other attendees online!
Yes! All webinar presentations will be recorded and available to view on demand on Stupid Cancer's website after the conference, and in the virtual environment for until December 19th. For the privacy of participants, discussion sessions and social activities will not be recorded.
Yes! Please download the Zoom app to your computer and make sure it's updated to the latest version.
In case of technical difficulties prior to the event please email us at stupidcancer@getvfairs.io. In case you run into trouble during the event you can reach out to us directly via the tech support chatroom that's located at the Info Desk.
For any of our webinar-style sessions, you may come and go as you please! However, you must join discussion sessions on time -- latecomers will not be admitted into the session, so we recommend that you plan your schedule beforehand.
Absolutely! Our agenda is full of opporunities to meet new friends, such as social activities like trivia; community mixers that are open all day; and breakout sessions. Through the virtual environment, you're also able to start 1:1 and group chats! In addition to instant messaging, there's a video chat function that you can use to interact with fellow attendees.
Yes there is! CancerCon is a hybrid program, with Digital CancerCon in the fall/winter and CancerCon Live in spring/summer. The next CancerCon Live will be in Atlanta from August 17 - 20, 2023. Registration opens next year but click here to get the inside scoop before everyone else!

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