Sessions

Keynote Presentations
Saturday, September 21, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote and Q & A
A Shared Effort: The State of Breast CancerJulie R. Gralow, MD
Daniel P. Silver, MD, PhD


In our opening keynote, two leading medical experts discuss key advances in breast cancer research, testing, and treatment that have changed treatment options and decision-making. Through their insights, gain a better understanding of how clinical trials advance the research agenda and lead to new treatments and methods to prevent disease, and the role you can take in clinical research. Voice your opinions and concerns,  and ask questions of the experts. Together, we will explore the greatest advances in breast cancer care and discuss how  to move the research, care, and survivorship agenda forward in ways that honor your needs and experiences.

Saturday, September 21, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Closing Keynote and Q & A
Fueling ResiliencyJacci Thompson-Dodd, MA, MSSS, LASW

Research shows resilience can ease stress and improve life satisfaction among people diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. But what does it really mean to be resilient? How do you sustain it? In this interactive talk, explore your inner resources for building resiliency, and discover practical ways to deploy these resources to reduce stress and increase well-being.

Breakout Sessions: Part One
Saturday, September 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

A. Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Medical UpdateSteven J. Isakoff, MD, PhD

As someone diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, you may have specific concerns about treatment options, chemotherapy side effects and risk of recurrence. During this session, explore your unique needs, gain insight into promising new research and learn how you can influence the future of care for people with triple-negative disease.

B. Metastatic Breast Cancer: Medical UpdateReshma L. Mahtani, DO

Hear the latest medical breakthroughs and expert insights on the most promising targets for new metastatic breast cancer therapies for all subtypes of MBC. Learn strategies to minimize and manage side effects of treatment and get tips for communicating with your healthcare team to best meet your needs.

C. Managing Side Effects of Hormonal and Targeted TherapiesLori Ranallo, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, CBCN

Part of following your treatment plan is managing side effects caused by these medicines. This workshop will help you understand the common side effects of targeted and hormonal therapies and provide effective strategies to prevent or lessen them. Joint pain, hot flashes, fatigue, bone loss, sexual changes and nausea are just some of the common side effects we will discuss.

D. Eating a More Plant-Based DietAlison Tierney, MS, RD, CD, CSO

Many people struggle with adding more plant-based foods to their diet. Join this session to hear about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet, gain strategies to incorporate more plant-based foods into your everyday routine, and get tips and tools for cooking and shopping to make meal planning as simple and affordable as possible. Please note that this session will also be repeated in Breakout Session Two for your convenience.

E.  Newly Out of Treatment: What Now?Evelyn Robles-Rodriguez, DNP, APN, AOCN

“What now?” If you’ve recently finished primary treatment for breast cancer and have asked yourself that very question, this workshop is for you. Explore how breast cancer has impacted your body and emotions and gain tools for moving toward a sense of balance and control. Learn strategies for managing lingering side effects and coping with difficult and evolving emotions, and explore ways to practice self-love while navigating this period.

F.  Supporting Someone You Love Who Has Breast CancerSusan Ryan, PsyD

A diagnosis of breast cancer affects not only the person diagnosed but also the people who care about and share in their lives. As a care partner, fears for the future, juggling everyday matters and navigating communication are just a few of the challenges you may face. Join this session to explore these issues and identify your needs. Gain tools for managing your stress so you can provide the best care for yourself and for your loved one.

Breakout Sessions: Part Two
Saturday, September 21, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

G. Sex and IntimacyMonique Gary, DO, MSc, FACS

Breast cancer treatments can impact your sexual function, your interest in intimacy, and the way you experience your body after diagnosis. In this session, explore medical and practical methods to overcome these challenges and learn new ways to increase comfort, connect to your sensual self and communicate changing needs with your partner.

H. Ask the Experts: Lingering Questions After Breast ReconstructionPanelists include:
Minas Chrysopoulo, MD, FACS
Tara Dunsmore-Williamson

Join this Ask the Experts session to ask your questions about reconstructive surgery, when second surgeries or procedures might be needed, how reconstructed breasts look and feel, and the ways reconstruction can impact quality of life. The experts will give a short presentation to set the stage for your questions and comments.

I. Eating a More Plant-Based DietAlison Tierney, MS, RD, CD, CSO

Many people struggle with adding more plant-based foods to their diet. Join this session to hear about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet, gain strategies to incorporate more plant-based foods into your everyday routine, and get tips and tools for cooking and shopping to make meal planning as simple and affordable as possible.

J. Early-Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Discussion Group
Facilitator: Melissa Berry

A triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis changes you, your relationships and sometimes your life’s direction. This lively group discussion will provide you a space to talk about the challenges of living with a history of triple-negative breast cancer, including managing fear of recurrence, coping with treatment side effects and juggling life’s demands during and after treatment. Sit back and listen or join the conversation by sharing your own insights in this interactive session, while also learning about the many resources available to you.

K. Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Discussion GroupFacilitator: Kristy Case, LCSW, OSW-C

Living with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer poses a unique set of challenges. This group discussion, led by a licensed oncology social worker, will address the specific needs and concerns of those living with stage IV triple-negative disease. Sit back and listen or join the conversation by sharing your own insights in this interactive session, while also learning about the many resources available to you.

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