Ask the Expert: Long-Term Survivorship Concerns

Life after cancer treatment presents a myriad of issues and concerns for cancer survivors. Join the George Washington (GW) Cancer Center for the opportunity to learn and discuss some long-term challenges that cancer survivors face. Panelists, including a researcher, a patient advocate, and a cancer survivor; each presenter will briefly discuss cancer employment-related challenges, sexuality and intimacy, and family dynamics, then respond to attendees’ questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand some long-term challenges of cancer survivors
  • Learn how to talk about sexuality and intimacy as it relates to cancer survivorship
  • Discuss employment-related challenges cancer survivors face during and after treatment
  • Learn strategies and practical insights on how to address employment concerns/issues
  • Gain insights on family dynamics during and after cancer treatment
  • Discuss research and dissemination opportunities

Note: Registration is mandatory for participation The event will be capped at 15 to 20 participants.


  • Alli Ward: Diagnosed at 35, Alli Ward is a seven-year stage IV ovarian cancer thrivor. She leads program development and implementation for the world's largest organization focused on young adults impacted by cancer, Stupid Cancer. She spent many years in the corporate world and appreciates the importance of thriving with cancer, educating others and empowering people to "get busy living" in whatever way they are able. Alli graduated from Salisbury State University, Salisbury, MD with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work.

  • Catalina Lawsin, PhD: Trained as a clinical health psychologist, Dr. Lawsin's research goal is to create and integrate psycho-educational interventiosn that are clinically beneficial and theoretically grounded with sustainability at the forefront of design. She is the Principal Investigator of a project testing a web-based psychosexual resource for cancer survivors and their partners, Rekindle. Dr. Lawsin is currently director of Psychosocial Oncology and Integrative Medicine at Rush Inversity Medical Center where she provides psychotherapy, conducts research and trains psychology and medical students.

  • Rachel Becker, LMSW: As assistant director of programs, Rachel's responsibilities include oversight of Cancer and Career's 13 accredited webinars. She also provides direct support and referrals to Cancer and Career's diverse audiences, co-manages the travel scholarship program for the National Conference on Work and Cancer and works to ensure all programs meet the continuing education accreditation standards of various state and national accrediting bodies. Additionally, Rachel regularly presents on topics related to cancer and work at community-based events and cancer conferences around the country.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm