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Conferences 4th Annual Conference for Women Living with Advanced Breast Cancer: Enhancing Your Health and Quality of Life

When:   Saturday, May 1, 2010 - Sunday, May 2, 2010

Where:   Philadelphia Marriott West Hotel
West Conshohocken, PA

View photos of the conference.

This national conference focused on your unique concerns as a woman living with metastatic breast cancer.

About the Plenary Sessions

Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH, Bruce Feiler and Donna Deegan, our plenary speakers, are leading voices in the world of metastatic cancer.

During the opening plenary session, Dr. Garber discussed “Treating Advanced Breast Cancer: Medical and Research News.” Download a podcast of this plenary session.

A member of LBBC’s Medical Advisory Board, Dr. Garber is director of the cancer risk and prevention program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston. She also serves as attending physician at Dana-Farber’s Breast Evaluation Center and is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research interests include hereditary and familial breast cancers, novel medicines, managing chemotherapy side effects and cancers in premenopausal women.

A New York Times best-selling author, Mr. Feiler opened the second plenary session by discussing how he coped with his 2008 diagnosis of bone cancer. The experience inspired his book, The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness and the Men Who Could Be Me, which was released just a week before the conference. The book explores how he prepared for the possibility his children could grow up without him. Previously, Mr. Feiler published nine books that reexamine historical people and places.

Ms. Deegan, also speaking during the second plenary, is the evening anchor for “First Coast News” in Jacksonville, Florida. She shared her inspiring journey of thriving while managing breast cancer. After her initial diagnosis, Ms. Deegan established The Donna Foundation, which helps women in northern Florida who are undergoing breast cancer treatment and have financial difficulties. She established an annual race called 26.2 with Donna: The National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer. All proceeds support breast cancer research and support. Ms. Deegan has published two books about her journey with breast cancer, The Good Fight and Through Rose Colored Glasses.

Download a podcast of A Talk with Bruce Feiler and Donna Deegan.

During plenary session three, participants directly questioned our five professionals with expertise in the concerns of women with metastatic breast cancers. Our distinguished panelists were:

  • Faith D. Ottery, MD, PhD, FACN
  • Stacy D. Sanford, PhD, a clinical health psychologist. Dr. Sanford works at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwest University.
  • Linda T. Vahdat, MD
  • Rodney N. Warner, Esq
  • Heather L. Wright, ND, a naturopathic clinician. Ms. Wright practices at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center.

Download a podcast of this plenary session.

About the Workshops

Download podcasts, transcripts and slides from these workshops:

Bone Mets: Treatments and Strategies

Communicating with Children about Metastatic Breast Cancer

Confronting Tough Decisions: Using Your Inner Compass as a Guide

Creative Coping: Healing through Writing

Liver and Lung Mets: Treatments and Strategies

Managing Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Practical Matters: Legal and Workplace Concerns

Rest Assured: Managing Insomnia and Fatigue

About Our Sponsors

We would like to thank our lead sponsor, The Breast Cancer Fund of National Philanthropic Trust, and our presenting sponsors, Amgen and Pfizer Oncology. Thank you also to our benefactor sponsors, AstraZeneca,Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Lilly Oncology and Novartis Oncology; and to supporting sponsors Abraxis Bioscience and Veridex.