Submitted by TRA Medical Imaging
On August 5, 2020 the Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference (PCCSC) will hold its twelfth annual meeting. This year, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will take place entirely online as a virtual conference.
The PCCSC supports and celebrates the community of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers in the South Sound. Designed to help individuals throughout their cancer journey, the event is free to participants thanks to the sponsorship of some of Western Washington’s best—and best-known—health care organizations.
Ordinarily, the conference is held each year on the campus of the University of Puget Sound. Since the outbreak of the pandemic public gatherings have been limited for people’s health and safety. The community served by the PCCSC is particularly vulnerable. Yet while there is no perfect substitute for the connections that participants, speakers, and exhibitors make with one another at an in-person conference, new technology has made it possible to simulate the live experience and allows organizers to keep health and safety a priority.
The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Breakout sessions—both live and pre-recorded—can be accessed on the PCCSC website or via a downloadable mobile app. This year’s sessions cover cancer-related topics such as benefits of laughter, alternative therapies, personalized medicine, estate planning, medical cannabis, physical therapies, and food and nutrition, and more. Speakers donate their time and may answer questions during live sessions. Attendees can register and view the agenda at pccancersurvivorship.org/2020-conference/.
There are some benefits unique to a virtual conference, such as increased accessibility, helpful tools for managing and following up with contacts, and viewing sessions after they’ve occurred. All of the presentations will be recorded and saved for later viewing on the PCCSC website. PCCSC is considering integrating virtual tools with future in-person conferences.
This event is free to all who are interested, but registration is required. Participants who register to attend will be sent information on how to download the app to use on their smart device (phone or iPad) or access via a computer web browser. To register, visit pccancersurvivorship.org.
The Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference is funded by Cancer Survivorship NW (CSNW). The mission of CSNW is to support cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers by providing education and resources. Your donation helps CSNW keep the Pierce County Cancer Survivorship Conference free and available to our community today and for years to come.