Focusing on Life After Cancer


Carol Rosenberg, MD, FACP

For more than a decade, Carol A. Rosenberg, MD, FACP, has been helping cancer survivors with an innovative program that gives patients the necessary tools for re-entry to survivorship care after active treatment.

The Founder and Program Director of NorthShore’s Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program is being honored for her contributions at an upcoming benefit luncheon supporting the LIFE Program.

The 20th Annual Myra Rubenstein Weis (MRW) Health Resource Center Benefit Luncheon, which will be held on May 4 at the Highland Park Country Club, will also feature guest speakers Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano, Chicago television and radio personalities and creators of the food-focused website, susosfork.com.

One of the LIFE Programs' offerings, the MRW Survivorship 101 Seminar: Thrivership! is an educational workshop and resource series available to the community at large. Major topics related to cancer survivorship are covered and promote skills to understand, select and navigate community-based cancer survivor resources.

The topics in the series—including nutrition, fitness, self-esteem, sexual intimacy, cognitive function, genetics, insurance and employment—focus on the survivorship perspective. Programs are held at NorthShore Highland Park, Evanston and Glenbrook Hospitals. There is no cost to participate.

NorthShore's LIFE Program creates a bridge for continued care of post-treatment cancer survivors back to the community, family and primary care setting. LIFE is the first community cancer survivorship program in the region uniquely designed by Dr. Rosenberg, also Director of NorthShore's Preventive Health Initiatives, to adhere to the guidelines proposed by the Institute of Medicine.

"At NorthShore, we know that the end of treatment is not the end of the cancer experience. The LIFE Program helps ensure the long-term health and quality of life for cancer survivors,” said Dr. Rosenberg.

Proceeds from the MRW Luncheon will also support a new pilot program to be launched in the fall at Evanston Township High School, and later at other area schools, that will offer hands-on classes to educate the next generation about personalized medicine.

The personalized program, which will be taught by NorthShore genomic physician-scientists, seeks to establish connections with juniors and seniors in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula. Students will learn about genomics and genetic testing’s impact on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, as well as how pharmacogenomics enables clinicians to select the right drug at the right dose, the first time. Students will also learn about career opportunities in this new field of medicine. (Genomics is an area within genetics that focuses on the sequencing and analysis of an organism’s genome or DNA. Experts in genomics strive to determine complete DNA sequences and perform genetic mapping to help understand disease.)

To reserve your tickets or make a donation to support the benefit luncheon, please click here.

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