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Conferences News You Can Use: Breast Cancer Updates for Living Well

When:   Saturday, October 26, 2013 - Sunday, October 27, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Where:   DoubleTree Hotel Philadelphia Center City
237 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Audio recordings are now available!

For 2013, we expanded our annual fall conference to provide even more programming. A highlight was our opening general session presented by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. A second general session featuring Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, founder and editor of, and a closing session hosted by dietitian Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, were also featured.

News You Can Use: Breast Cancer Updates for Living Well is a national conference featuring some of the world’s top medical and quality-of-life experts. In addition to providing the latest news and information, the conference also affords you a wonderful chance to expand your circles of support and gain insight into the resources LBBC has available as you navigate life after a breast cancer diagnosis.

Our three general session speakers were joined by some of the country’s leading breast cancer experts specializing in treatment and quality-of-life issues.  Workshops addressed topics that include current research discoveries, medical advancements and healthy living strategies for women of all ages diagnosed with all stages and types of breast cancer.

Additional highlights included:

  • Information on genetic testing and family risk
  • Healthful eating tips for during and after breast cancer
  • Methods to manage the emotional impact of diagnosis and survivorship
  • Workshops on treatment options for different breast cancer diagnoses and treatment decision planning
  • Information about the effects of breast cancer treatments on fertility and ways to explore your options

About the General Sessions

Saturday Morning

The Changing Landscape of Cancer

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD

Our opening address with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee discussed how advances in our understanding of cancer biology are gradually transforming the landscape of cancer. Women with breast cancer have witnessed a profound and dramatic change in the way their illness is perceived, diagnosed, prevented, treated and managed. This talk highlighted this transformation—using the history of breast cancer to understand its future.

Saturday Afternoon

Navigating the Healthcare System: From Time of Diagnosis Through the Trajectory of Care

Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW

This presentation discussed how a diagnosis of breast cancer puts you front and center to a whole new world. There is insurance to navigate, doctors to see, treatment decisions to make, a new normal to cope with—all while managing everyday life. Learn how to be your own best advocate and get practical tools for navigating your healthcare whether you are in treatment, years beyond, are living with metastatic breast cancer or are a caregiver.

Sunday Morning

Healthy Eating After Breast Cancer

Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD

Our final general session focused on the kinds of foods and eating habits to incorporate into your every day for optimal health and recovery after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

About Our Conference Workshops

We offered a variety of topics during three sessions over two days.This year’s workshops were:

Medical Update for Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer
Medical Update for Women Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer
Your New Normal: Putting Yourself Back Together Again
Long-term Survivorship: Improving Cognitive Function
Integrative Care: What’s Safe During and After Treatment
Helping a Loved One Diagnosed With Cancer
Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Reducing Risk of Recurrence Through Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Bone Health
Metastatic Breast Cancer: Coping with Uncertainty Using a Change in Perspective
Hormonal Therapies: Your Questions Answered
Coping With Breast Cancer: Exploring Spirituality
Fertility and Pregnancy
Family and Genetic Risk
Sex and Intimacy: Increasing Your Libido, Comfort and Pleasure
Metastatic Breast Cancer: Understanding Palliative Care
Yoga: Getting Started With a Practice
Breast Reconstruction 
Care for the Caregiver: When Treatment Ends

About our Plenary Speakers

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD, is a cancer physician and researcher whose book, The Emperor of All Maladies:A Biography of Cancer, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general non-fiction. Dr. Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times and The New Republic. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters.

Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, is a nurse, social worker, child development specialist, speaker and author. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, she speaks publicly and writes about her experience on her award-winning blog, The Silver Pen. Ms. Jacobs has been an adult and pediatric palliative care nurse, social worker and educator for more than 15 years at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital, the City of Hope National Medical Center, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She contributes to The Huffington Post,, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation-Army of Women blogs.

Suzanne Dixon, MPH, MS, RD, a registered dietitian and epidemiologist, is best known as the creator of an award-winning cancer nutrition website, which was acclaimed by the NewYork Times and Time magazine. Ms. Dixon managed the outpatient oncology nutrition program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has served as an appointed member to the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). She has authored journal articles, textbook chapters, and consumer health publications, and she has developed and taught medical, nursing, public health and complementary medicine coursework.

About our Sponsors



Genomic Health


AbbVie Inc.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Penn Medicine – Abramson Cancer Center

Arrangements for the appearance of Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee are made possible through Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau, New York, NY.