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UI to host cancer symposium Sept. 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Registration is open for "Psychosocial Oncology . . . Harmonizing Mind and Body," a symposium for health professionals Monday, Sept. 15 in Iowa City. Two national speakers, Dr. Deforia Lane and Mary K. Hughes, will provide keynote speeches at the day-long conference at the Holiday Inn in Iowa City.

Lane is nationally recognized for her contributions regarding the effects of music on oncology patients. She is a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, and in 1994 received honorary membership in the Oncology Nursing Society -- the highest honor the organization confers. She is an author and is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Lane will present "Music Therapy: A Gift Beyond Measure," and "Music Therapy Research: Clinical Applications."

Hughes is nationally-known for her dedication to quality of life issues and her research into the psychosexual impact of reconstructive surgical procedures. She has published a model of practice for psycho-oncology nursing and made presentations on such topics as sexuality, psychosocial issues, coping and grief. In addition to her work at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas, Hughes is a graduate preceptor and lecturer at Texas Woman's University. Hughes will speak on "Sexuality Issues: Keeping Your Cool."

Other symposium speakers include Cheryl Cruise, advanced practice nurse, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC); Bob Jackson, executive director, Mid-Eastern Iowa Community Mental Health Center; Dr. F. Larry Shostrom, coordinator, UIHC Pastoral Services; and Joy Sutter, social work specialist, John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center.

The registration fee for the symposium is $50 until Aug. 29; after that date it will be $60. Continuing education credits are available for nursing and social work professionals. For more information about the symposium, call Sutter or Greg Jensen at 319-356-2207.

The symposium is sponsored by UIHC; John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center; UI Cancer Center; and the American Cancer Society, Iowa Division, Inc.