Ovarian Cancer Survivors Invited to UAMS Retreat Sept. 25

By Susan Van Dusen

The retreat’s keynote address will be presented at 8:30 a.m. on “Living After Cancer” by Pamela J.B. Stone, M.D., assistant professor in the UAMS Division of Gynecologic Oncology, a section of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Jon Etienne Mourot, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in private practice who specializes in sex therapy with individuals and couples.

The lunch presentation on “Cancer as a Journey to Meaning and Compassion” will be presented at noon by Paulette Mehta, M.D., professor in the UAMS Department of Hematology/Oncology and director of the HOPE Unit at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
Participants will have the opportunity to attend breakout groups focusing on a variety of wellness issues.

Ovarian cancer ranks fifth as the cause of cancer death in women. According to the American Cancer Society, about 21,880 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in the United States in 2010 and about 13,850 women will die from it.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or uamshealth.com.