Friday, April 5
Early Registration and Tote Bag Giveaway
3:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Check in ahead of the crowd and receive your conference goody bag and name tag!
Young Women's Initiative Happy Hour
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Join other young women diagnosed with mets and their caregivers for discounted drinks and complimentary appetizers.
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Attend this special get-together to meet other first-time attendees, hear about conference highlights and learn how to stay connected throughout the weekend. Your hosts are LBBC’s Hear My Voice volunteers, our leadership corps of people living with MBC. You will be welcomed by those who were once new to this conference and now give back by advocating and sharing their own experiences living with mets.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a light dinner of sandwiches and salads, and meet new friends or reconnect with old ones!
Refresh and Restore: An Evening of Connection & Wellness
7:00– 9:00 p.m.
New Format and Activities!
Go on a journey toward integrative wellness. Join us for an evening of essential oils, art therapy and mindfulness – all while enjoying sweet treats and the company of others.
This interactive session offers the chance to sample three types of integrative therapy. Learn about the uses and benefits of essential oils while creating your own take-home essential oil blend. In art therapy, hear how creative expression can help you process your feelings and make a piece of art that explores the creative coping energy we all hold within. Complete the evening with a group meditation to center your mind and set your intention for the weekend ahead.
Saturday, April 6
Exhibitor Showcase Hours
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit With Exhibitors
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Conference Welcome and Introductions
9:30 - 9:40 a.m.
Opening Keynote Presentation
Will Metastatic Breast Cancer Ever Be Curable, and What Will it Take to Get There?
Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE
9:40 - 10:40 a.m.
Update 4/3/19: Due to a personal obligation, Lisa A. Carey, MD, is unable to participate at our conference. Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE, from the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania will be our keynote speaker on Saturday morning.
The question of finding cures for metastatic breast cancer is omnipresent for everyone living with the disease and for those who care for them. Dr. DeMichele will discuss the complex issues related to curing cancer, including whether research should aim for cure or living with metastatic breast cancer as a chronic disease, or both; how close we are to curing metastatic breast cancer today; what exceptional responders tell us about possible future breakthroughs for more people; and what promising approaches may help us get to a state of cure or chronicity in metastatic disease, or for people with some subtypes of the disease.
Questions and Answers with Dr. DeMichele
10:40 - 11:00 a.m.
Break, Networking and Visiting With Exhibitors
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Refresh and Restore Quiet Room & Lounge
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Refresh, restore and recharge! Visit this quiet, calm space, as needed, where conference attendees can spend time away from noise, lights, and other stimuli of conference spaces.
Breakout Sessions: Part One
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
A. Medical Update: Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
B. Medical Update: Hormone Receptor-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer
C. Medical Update: HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer
D. Food as Fuel: Eating for Optimal Energy
E. When Someone You Love Has Metastatic Breast Cancer
Plated Lunch, Networking and Visiting with Exhibitors
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions: Part Two
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
F. Bone Mets
G. Take-Home Tools: Mindfulness Meditation
H. Newly Diagnosed: Learning From Those Who Have Been There
I. Getting Engaged: Metastatic Breast Cancer Advocacy
J. Five Wishes: Making Your Wishes Known
Coffee and Snack Break, Networking and Visiting With Exhibitors
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Enjoy a snack, connect with others and take advantage of this last opportunity to visit with our conference exhibitors.
Afternoon Keynote Presentation
What Matters Most: Breathing in the Now
Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Coping with uncertainty is part of living with metastatic breast cancer. In our afternoon keynote session, explore tools and awareness practices that can help you clarify what matters most to you. In a safe, supportive and understanding space, learn how to process and cope with the hellos and goodbyes of living with mets, get tips on what it means to heal rather than to cure, and find out how to bring mindful intention to caring for your mind, your body and your spirit.
Questions and Answers with Kelly Grosklags
4:30 - 5:00 p.m.
End of Day Remarks
Optional Special Event
An Evening Mini-Coach Tour of Downtown Philadelphia
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Join us for a guided coach tour of Philadelphia! Enjoy the tour on a mini-coach style bus through the streets of Historic Philadelphia.
The tour will take you past the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin’s Printing House, Betsy Ross’ House, Elfreth’s Alley and more! The tour departs from, and returns to, the lobby at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.
Tickets are required for this event. Trolley tour tickets will be pre-sold in mid-March for $5 each. Limited quantities will be available. Additional details coming soon!
Sunday, April 7
Reach & Raise: Thriving Together
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Join us for an inspirational all-levels yoga class to refresh and energize as you start your day. This is a special opportunity to be part of Reach & Raise, LBBC’s signature yoga event in support of those affected by breast cancer. Everyone can participate, regardless of fitness level or experience with yoga with modifications of poses and chair yoga offered throughout the class.
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions: Part Three
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
K. Research Close-Up: The Effect of Physical Activity on Cancer Treatment and Outcomes
L. Take-Home Tools: Creative Coping and Expression
M. Liver and Lung Mets
Closing Keynote Presentation
Living Well: Managing Symptoms and Side Effects
Beth Popp, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
It’s a challenge to live fully with metastatic breast cancer while managing the symptoms of the disease and the side effects of treatment. Palliative care focuses on relieving your pain, symptoms and stress and can be part of your care as soon as treatment begins. During our closing keynote, hear about the value of adding palliative care to your care plan and gain strategies to manage common side effects like insomnia and fatigue, hot flashes, pain, depression and anxiety, memory issues, neuropathy, sexual problems, loss of appetite and weight gain.
Questions and Answers with Dr. Popp
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.