WHAT: Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s free, three-part teleconference series, Advanced Breast Cancer: Living Well Through Information and Support, will focus on the latest research, treatment advances and quality-of-life concerns for women living with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer. During part 1, Treatment Update: Medical and Quality-of-Life News, William J. Gradishar, MD, FACP, will discuss recent clinical trial findings and the latest research. He will also give practical advice on how to manage symptoms and side effects. During part 2, Patricia S. Steeg, PhD, will talk about Research and You: Understanding Clinical Trials. She will provide information on how to access clinical trials, discuss the benefits and risks of participating, give an update on available trials for women with metastatic disease and explain the latest research on breast cancer metastasis. During part 3, Living Fully: Making Treatment Decisions, Lillie D. Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, will discuss how to have the best quality of life while living with metastatic breast cancer. Participants will learn how to make the right treatment decisions, communicate short- and long-term goals with loved ones and adapt to a changing treatment plan.
Dr. Gradishar is a professor of medicine in the division of hematology and medical oncology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is also a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and serves as director of breast medical oncology, associate director of the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Program and program director of Northwestern University’s hematology/oncology fellowship training program. His research focuses on the development of new therapies for breast cancer treatment. He is a reviewer for numerous journals and has published many articles on breast cancer therapies.
Dr. Steeg is chief of the women’s cancers section of the laboratory of molecular pharmacology in the Center for Cancer Research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She leads treatment development efforts by focusing on the molecular aspects of tumor metastasis. Dr. Steeg serves as president of the Metastasis Research Society and deputy editor of Clinical Cancer Research. She has won many awards, including NCI’s Outstanding Mentor Award in 2005and Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s 2008 Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science.
Lillie D. Shockney is University Distinguished Service Assistant Professor of Breast Cancer and assistant professor in the departments of surgery and gynecology at John Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is also an assistant professor at John Hopkins School of Nursing and co-founder and vice president of the national nonprofit organization Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer. Ms. Shockney is a published author and nationally recognized public speaker on breast cancer and serves on the medical advisory board of several national breast cancer organizations. She is and the recipient of numerous leadership and community service awards and was selected as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland for her leadership and community service efforts. Dr. Shockney’s research interests include quality of life issues for survivors.
Part 1: Wednesday, October 14
Part 2: Wednesday, October 21
Part 3: Thursday, November 5
* All teleconferences will run from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (ET)
WHERE: Listen by telephone or online
WHY: Living Beyond Breast Cancer provides teleconference opportunities and access to renowned experts to help women living with advanced breast cancer get information on the latest treatment advances and quality-of-life issues.
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Living Beyond Breast Cancer, founded in 1991, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. Programs and services include: an educational website, lbbc.org; the toll-free Survivors’ Helpline at (888) 753-LBBC (5222); national conferences; free teleconferences; networking programs; quarterly newsletters; publications for medically underserved women; healthcare-provider trainings; recordings; and the Paula A. Seidman Library and Resource Center.
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