On Saturday, SCCA and the Melanoma Research Foundation will present the Northwest Melanoma Symposium: Science to Survivorship in Seattle. Patients, physicians, and the public will be able to participate in Saturday’s event, where speakers will share the latest in care, medicine, therapies, and science.
One of the experts invited to speak is Dr. Robert Arnold Johnson, a psychiatrist and chair on the Provider Health Committee at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington.
His topic: Grief. His presentation will be out of the ordinary. Johnson tells us why.
“This session may seem very strange as it proceeds, because I, the speaker, will hardly speak. I will be more like a DJ, playing selected tunes and pictures, plus one poem,” Johnson said. “There will be text on the slides for you to read, which I have authored, but not a whole lot of it, overall. The session is designed to be an experience more than a lesson, more a concert than a lecture.”
During his 30-minute presentation, participants will be asked to silence their phones and relax.
“You will sometimes be impatient, want things to move faster,” Johnson said. “Try to slow your mind to the pace of the presentation, because that’s an aspect of how it, and grief itself, works.”
Johnson’s innovative program will be among other educational and scientific topics covered during the day’s event.
Learn about the progress being made in treating melanoma from SCCA oncologists including Dr. Lee Cranmer and Dr. Sylvia Lee. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Michael Postow from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center who will discuss the very latest about treating melanoma with immunotherapy. Melanoma patients will also share their experiences.