December 31, 2015

Lectures and Seminars

Cancer Education Lectures and Seminars

Since 2003, Cancer Pathways has offered cancer education lectures, at no cost to participants, around the Puget Sound. The topics are cancer-related and have included lectures on specific cancer diagnoses, psycho-social and emotional issues, family-related concerns, integrative medicine, cancer prevention, death and dying, and some of the practical aspects having to do with cancer such as finances, wills, and resources. Our goal is to provide information that empowers people to make informed decisions that directly affect the quality of their lives. 

Upcoming Lectures:

1400 Broadway, Seattle (MAP).  Free parking for our Thursday evening lectures!  2 minutes from Cancer Pathways at the Polyclinic surface lot adjacent to First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, Seattle (MAP).

Hot Stuff: Finding Your Way with Intimacy and Cancer

Thursday, January 18th.  7:00-8:30pm

Come and share in a comfortable and candid discussion about cancer and sexuality.  Leslie will talk about common intimacy concerns of cancer patients and survivors, and some products that could help.  She will then open up the conversation for your questions.  Come on your own, or bring a friend or partner, if you'd like.  This talk is appropriate for those who are currently in treatment or many years into their survivorship.

Our speaker, Leslie Heron, RN, BSN, MN, APRN, FNP-BC, NC-BC, graduated from the nurse practitioner program at the University of Washington and is Board certified in family practice as a nurse coach.  Leslie has worked in primary care in the Seattle area for many years before transitioning to oncology and cancer survivorship.  In her current practice at the SCCA and The Hutch, she sees cancer survivors and helps them transition from acute cancer treatment to survivorship, or assists in addressing long term and late effects of their previous cancer treatment.


The Healing Power of Foods: Support Through Cancer Treatment and Beyond...

Thursday, February 22nd. 7:00-8:30pm

Nutrition is a very important part of cancer treatment and the post-treatment journey. Astrid Pujari, MD, of the Pujari Center here in Seattle, will discuss food choices and how they can impact your well being. She is a sought after speaker on integrative medicine topics including nutrition, supplements, herbs and mind body medicine.

Astrid Pujari, MD, ABIHM, is double Board certified in internal medicine and integrative medicine. She works in private practice at the Pujari Center integrating conventional and natural medicine. She wrote a health column for The Seattle Times, has been featured on radio and television including FOX News and KING 5 as a mind body expert. She has written two books: The Healthy Knees Book and The Healthy Back Book.


Medical Marijuana: Everything You Want to Know

Thursday, March 8th.  7:00-8:30pm


25% of medical marijuana use is by cancer patients*

At this lecture you will learn...

  • What cannabis is
  • The history of cannabis
  • How marijuana affects cancer treatment symptoms
  • How to get medical marijuana
  • Which countries are leaders in the field of medical marijuana use...
  • and MORE

*It is the responsibility of patients to consult with their doctors about medical marijuana use.

For the past 20 years, cannabis has been an area of passion, study, and work for our speaker, Aaron Varney. In early 2011, he co-founded Dockside Co-Op, a medical dispensary in Fremont, with a vision to provide safe access to quality medical cannabis in a professional atmosphere. That vision has come to life through a commitment to education, service, and collaboration with the cannabis community.


E-Cigarettes: The Truth Among the Vapors

March 15th. 9:00am-12:30pm
Cancer Pathways in partnership with the Washington Poison Center is hosting Training of the Trainers (for adults only).

  • Designed to equip community coalitions with the knowledge, tools, and confidence...
  • to provide educational presentations on e-cigarettes and marijuana vapor products, paraphernalia, poison center services and concerns, research, advocacy, and current policies.

Our speaker is Arti Patel, MPH, CHES, the Health Education Outreach Specialist at the Washington Poison Center. She has served as Community Health and Economic Development Advisor in Peace Corps Lesotho.

*Please note that Cancer Pathways will not be providing parking for this event. Plenty of close-by metered street parking and pay lots are available.


Cancer and Finances

Thursday, April 26th. 7:00-8:30pm

AVeena Shankaran, MD, MSre you worried about financial stability as you or your loved ones navigate cancer treatment?

Approximately one-third of cancer survivors experience financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis and/or treatment. This evening you have the opportunity to learn about the impact of this issue known as “financial toxicity” and the resources that exist for reducing the financial burden of cancer.

Our speaker, Veena Shankaran, MD, MS, graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. She was drawn to the field of medicine through personal experience and a deep appreciation for science and the human spirit. She treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers and is part of the Esophageal Cancer Specialty Clinic at Fred Hutch, a clinic designed to bring providers together to create and deliver a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to each individual patient. She works with Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD, an expert in the cost effectiveness of health care and health-related quality of life, as a faculty member of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR).