Discussing breast cancer with kids: Creating a roadmap with your patients
Sharing the news of a breast cancer diagnosis with family and friends is never easy, but it can be even more challenging to have conversations about cancer with children and teens.
About our moderator
Jean Hartford-Todd, CCLS
Jean Hartford-Todd, CCLS has been a child life specialist at the Duke Health System for over thirty-six years. She began working at Duke on the in-patient pediatric units in 1986 with children who were hospitalized with various serious injuries and illnesses. In 1996 she began working with adult neuro-oncology patients focusing on the needs of children and teens who have a parent with brain cancer.Read more
About our panelists
Emily Beard, RN, OCN, CBCN
Emily Beard, RN, OCN, CBCN is the program coordinator overseeing breast cancer and GYN oncology program development at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute in Atlanta, GA. With a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Emory University and certifications in oncology nursing and breast cancer care, Emily has worked as a nurse navigator, patient advocate and program coordinatorRead more
Rifka Coleman was diagnosed in February 2020 with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Rifka underwent 494 days of active treatment including IV chemotherapy, partial mastectomy, radiation, and additional oral chemotherapy all during a pandemic. She advocates for herself and other women by telling her story, lobbying for change, and by providing services via Love Her More, Inc., the nonprofit she established in 2022.Read more
Melenaite Fifita is a Staff Research Associate and Tongan patient navigator and translator at the University of California, Irvine, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center within the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement. Her community-based projects promote cancer prevention and early detection among Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.Read more
Toni Willis is a 2022 LBBC Hear My Voice Advocate. She was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2013 and with a metastatic recurrence in 2015. Her twins were 14 and 16 years old at the time of her diagnoses.Read more
This program is provided in partnership with:
The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) National Navigation Roundtable (NNRT) is dedicated to achieving health equity and access to quality care across the cancer continuum through effective patient navigation. The NNRT is a coalition of organizations dedicated to ensuring that all patients have equitable access to quality cancer care through effective patient navigation. https://navigationroundtable.org/
This webinar was supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number 1 NU58DP006672, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.
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