Sunday, October 20: Physical Activity and Cancer Prevention/Survivorship
Victoria Sweet, MD, PhD
Dr. Sweet is an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a prize-winning historian with a PhD in history and social medicine. She has practiced medicine for more than 20 years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, which is where she began writing. Two of her essays were published in Health Aﬀairs: The Policy Journal of the Health Sphere — ”Thy Will be Done” and “Code Pearl.” Other published work includes her book on Hildegard of Bingen, Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky: Hildegard of Bingen and Premodern Medicine (Routledge, 2006) and “Hildegard of Bingen and the Greening of Medieval Medicine” in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (1999). Dr. Sweet's writing has received numerous honors, including the Shryock Medal, the Estes Award and the Stannard Memorial Award. Her most recent book, God's Hotel, tells the story of her work at Laguna Honda Hospital, the last almshouse in the country and a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God's hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Lower tech but human paced, Lagunda Honda gave Dr. Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of "Slow Medicine" that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work: alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be ﬁxed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea of the body as a garden to be tended.
Monday, October 21: Physical Activity and Cancer Prevention/Survivorship
Kerry S. Courneya, PhD
Dr. Courneya is a professor and Canada research chair in Physical Activity and Cancer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He received his BA and MA in Physical Education from the University of Western Ontario and his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). He spent ﬁve years as an assistant/associate professor at the University of Calgary before moving to the University of Alberta where he was promoted to full professor in 2000. Professor Courneya’s research program focuses on physical activity and cancer including prevention, coping with treatments, recovery after treatments, and long term survivorship. He is study co-chair for the Colon Health and Life-Long Exercise Change (CHALLENGE) Trial designed to determine the eﬀects of exercise on disease-free survival in 962 colon cancer survivors across Canada and Australia. He is also team co-leader for the Alberta Moving Beyond Breast Cancer (AMBER) Cohort Study designed to determine the associations between physical activity, health-related ﬁtness and disease outcomes in 1,500 newly diagnosed Alberta breast cancer survivors. He has co-authored the American Cancer Society’s physical activity and nutrition guidelines (2006) and the American College of Sports Medicine’s exercise guidelines for cancer survivors (2010).
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Tuesday, October 22: Chemoprevention Through Natural Health Products
Frank Meyskens, MD, FACP
Dr. Meyskens received his MD and Internal Medicine Training from the University of California, San Francisco. He did his Medical Oncology training at the National Institutes of Health. During that time he also conducted molecular biology investigations in the Laboratory of Tumor Cell Biology. He developed his career at the Arizona Cancer Center at the University of Arizona and was its associate director of cancer prevention and control from 1984 to 1989. While there, he established one of the most successful cancer prevention research programs in the world, and became internationally recognized for his work in the biological activities of retinoids and their clinical usage in the prevention and treatment of human cancers. In 1986, Dr. Meyskens was also asked to establish a cancer prevention and control emphasis within the American Society of Clinical Oncology. A permanent Cancer Prevention and Control Committee was formulated in 1987, of which Dr. Meyskens was founding chair from 1987 to 1990. Under his tutelage, cancer prevention and control issues began to be addressed within this heavily therapeutically oriented society, an emphasis which has become integral to the Society for Integrative Oncology in the last few years.