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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–The day cancer treatment ends, a new chapter begins for patients; it’s called survivorship.

But this next phase of life can have its own challenges and struggles.

This fall, cancer organizations in Central Virginia will host a survivor’s conference.

Local experts will answer questions about life after cancer.

Dr. Catherine Hendrickson, with Senior Connections, said the good news is that more people are surviving cancer and living many years with it, but many of them are living with side effects.

The American Cancer Society estimates there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the Unites States.  

Dr. Hendrickson said this new dimension of cancer care is called survivorship.

“Survivorship has to do with nutrition, exercise, fatigue, pain and mental health,” said Dr. Hendrickson.

The conference, called “The Survivorship Journey,” will be held Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lewis Botanical Garden. It is also open to caregivers.

Click here for registration information: www.komencentralva.org/TheSurvivorshipJourney.

Or you can contact Jaime Strohhacker at 804-285-1200, Jaime@vbcf.org