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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 June 17, 2014

If you were unable to attend the conference in person, view our free live web stream of the conference’s three plenary sessions by clicking on the links below.

 GeneralSession #1
Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ET
How Far We've Come: Advances in the Management of Metastatic Breast Cancer
Julie R. Gralow, MD

General Session #3

Sunday, April 27, 11:00a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET
Living Fully: ManagingSymptoms and Side Effects
Generosa Grana, MD

Please note:  Unfortunately, General Session #2 is not available.  Our plenary included copyrighted music and YouTube ended our session.  We do not anticipate future problems with our webstreams.

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.  By attending the conference you:

  • Heard 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
  • Attended 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
  • Networked with peers, listen to their experiences and share your own
  • Got your questions answered by experts
  • Visited with exhibitors
  • Participated in healthy living activities (including an all-levels yoga class!)

Conference Highlights 

General Sessions
The conference opened Saturday with a general session led by breast cancer expert Julie R. Gralow, MD, who presented advancements in care being made for metastatic breast cancer. Later in the day, Sherry Lebed Davis discussed 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, closed the conference with a general session about managing symptoms and side-effects associated with metastatic disease.

Workshops
Conference workshops covered a variety of themes and helped you gain insight on treatment options, learned of emerging therapies, explored ways to help manage complex emotions and meet others who share similar situations.

Workshop topics at this year’s conference included:
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: Transcripts and recordings of sessions, excluding the Bone Mets session, are not available due to unforeseen audio difficulties. Please visit our YouTube page to watch the Saturday and Sunday morning plenary sessions.

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.

Conference Sponsors

Presenting  
 
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AstraZeneca
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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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