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Conferences Annual Conference for Women Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer

When:   Saturday, April 26, 2014 - Sunday, April 27, 2014

Where:   Philadelphia Marriot West
111 Crawford Ave
West Conshohocken, PA 19428

2014 Conference

UPDATED April 18, 2014

Register for the conference.

Download a conference brochure for more information on the agenda and workshop details.

LBBC’s Annual Conference for Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer has been designed to provide an environment for you and your caregivers to find the resources, information and support options that are available following this type of breast cancer diagnosis.In addition, by attending you will:

  • Hear the latest updates from some of the country’s leading healthcare experts on advances in care, symptom management, quality-of-life concerns and new clinical trials and their potential impact on emerging treatments
  • Attend workshops designed for the newly-diagnosed, women living long-term with metastatic breast cancer, triple-negative and hormone receptor-positive diagnoses types, young women and caregivers
  • Network with peers, listen to their experiences and share your own
  • Get your questions answered by experts
  • Visit with exhibitors
  • Participate in healthy living activities (including an all-levels yoga class!)

Conference Highlights 

General Sessions
The conference will open Saturday with a general session led by breast cancer expert Julie R. Gralow, MD, who will present advancements in care being made for metastatic breast cancer. Later in the day, Sherry Lebed Davis will discuss how exercise and humor can benefit quality of life and ways to find meaning in the world around you while living with metastatic breast cancer. On Sunday, Generosa Grana, MD, FACP, will close the conference with a general session about managing symptoms and side-effects associated with metastatic disease.

Workshops
Conference workshops will cover a variety of themes and help you gain insight on treatment options, learn of emerging therapies, explore ways to help manage complex emotions and meet others who share similar situations.

Workshop topics at this year’s conference include:
Today’s Clinical Trials, Tomorrow’s Treatments
Communication with Friends and Family as a Young Woman Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Managing Stress & Anxiety
The Challenges and Rewards of Caregiving
Newly Diagnosed: A Guide Just for You
Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Five Wishes Document: Making Your Wishes Known
Moms with Mets: Parenting Challenges and Strategies
Diet, Exercise and You
Bone Metastasis
Navigating Legal, Employment and Insurance Matters
Using Writing as a Coping Outlet

Note: Post program resources including select audio, video and presentation materials will be available on lbbc.org/Event-archives following the conference.

About Our General Session Speakers

Julie R. Gralow, MD
Dr. Gralow is the Jill Bennett Professor of Breast Cancer at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and a member of the clinical research division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is also a professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington’s Schools of Medicine and Public Health.Dr. Gralow has dedicated her life to treating breast cancer. She’s involved in research, teaching and caring for patients. She is an internationally recognized expert in breast cancer clinical trials with an expertise in bone metastases, and has served as an executive officer and vice-chair of the breast cancer committee of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), one of the major NCI-supported cancer clinical trials groups. She founded WE CAN (Women’s Empowerment Cancer Advocacy Network) to empower and educate breast cancer patients around the world.

Sherry Lebed Davis
Sherry Lebed Davis is a speaker, author and activist. She is one of the foremost authorities of quality of life issues and the healing power of exercise and humor, co-founded Healthy-Steps, a world-wide organization providing unique wellness programs.She has been seen in People Magazine, Oxygen, Spirit Magazine for South West Airlines, Authentic Woman, NY Times, Seattle Times, LA Times and more. Sherry has appeared on the Today Show, BBC, Life Time Live and other TV specials. Authoring a book,several DVDs and a musical CD, her work continues around the world as she presents and trains. She was named one of Seattle’s most inspiring Breast Cancer Survivors, received the Govrenor’s award for her work and sits on many Boards as a wellness specialist.

Generosa Grana, MD, FACP
Dr. Grana is the director of the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and head of the Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology of Cooper University Hospital in Camden, New Jersey. She serves as Professor of Medicine at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Grana has received numerous awards, including the Johnson & Johnson Community Health Crystal Award and the American Cancer Society Silver Chalice Award. Dr. Grana is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women and LBBC’s Medical Advisory Board. She speaks frequently for many LBBC programs.

Registration
Registration is $75 per person. In addition to all educational programming, the registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and a networking reception on Saturday, as well as a continental breakfast and networking reception on Sunday. Register online or call (855) 807-6386. Pre-registration is strongly preferred.

About Travel Grants and Fee Waivers
Travel grants and fee waivers are now closed. There will be a limited number of fee waivers available on site at the conference.

Volunteer
Volunteers are always needed to make the conference a success! If you are interested in becoming a conference or LBBC volunteer, please call (855) 807- 6386 or email aburczak@lbbc.org.

About the Conference Location
The Philadelphia Marriott West is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, near both Interstates 476 and 76. At this point the hotel is at capacity.We have secured a small room block at the Residence Inn with a discounted nightly room rate of $129+ tax. To take advantage of the discount, please mention “Living Beyond Breast Cancer” when making a reservation. There will be shuttles running between The Residence Inn and the Philadelphia Marriott West.

About Our Exhibitors
Exhibitors will be on-site throughout the weekend to offer a wide array of services and information to help you better manage a diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer and help you connect to valuable resources and products.Learn more about becoming a conference exhibitor.

Conference Sponsors

Presenting  
 
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Benefactor  
AstraZeneca
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Oncothryeon
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Supporting  
AbbVie
Amgen
Nuclea Diagnostic Laboratories, LLC
 
Friend  
Cancer Treatment Centers of America  

To learn more about becoming a sponsor for the conference, please email our vice president of programs and partnerships, Catherine Ormerod, at cormerod@lbbc.org.

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