2017 Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference Resources



Please find a list of sessions that have resources available from our Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference held April 28-30, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Click on the links below to view the resources from that session. 


Keynote Presentations

Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Medical and Research Update Douglas Yee, MD

 Hear about the latest treatment advances for each subtype and learn about research in the pipeline that could lead to future treatment options. 

Learning From Each Other: A Panel DiscussionPamela Ginsberg, PhD

Listen to, learn from and share with a panel of your peers. Topics will include: making treatment decisions, managing uncertainty and shifting perspectives over time, coping with the “really tough stuff,” getting support, managing close relationships and navigating work and finances.

Using Integrative Medicine to Manage Symptoms and Side EffectsPallav K. Mehta, MD

Pain, insomnia and fatigue, hot flashes, depression and anxiety, memory issues, neuropathy, sexual problems and loss of appetite are just some of the common side effects of breast cancer treatment.  In this session, learn about the evidence-based integrative therapies that can be used to manage side effects and enhance your everyday wellness.

Breakout Sessions
Finding Inner Courage: Living With a Life-Changing Diagnosis

Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, Fellow, American Academy of Grief Counseling
Oncology Psychotherapist, Fellowship in Grief Counseling

Living with metastatic disease can feel like a roller coaster of ups and downs. Join this session to learn how to transform fear, maintain hope and make every moment count despite uncertainty.

Parenting as a Young Woman With Metastatic Breast CancerBarbara J. Golby, LCSW-R
Senior Clinical Social Worker, Resources for Life After Cancer
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Parents with metastatic breast cancer face complex and distressing challenges as they navigate disease and treatment uncertainty and raise children. This practical, interactive workshop is for people who are partnered or single and parent children of any age.

Hope on the Horizon: ImmunotherapyDouglas Yee, MD
Director, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota 
John H. Kersey Chair in Cancer Research
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology

Learn about the emerging field of immunotherapy, the impact immunotherapy is having on other types of cancer and what promise it may offer to those living with metastatic breast cancer in the future. 

Palliative Care: What it is and Why it Matters Kimberley A. Curseen, MD
Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services, Emory Healthcare
Acting Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

A challenge of living with metastatic breast cancer is how to live fully while managing the impact of treatment. Palliative care can support you through these challenges both physically and emotionally. But what is palliative care? This workshop will help explain palliative care and how it  can enhance quality of life, as well as options that can help you continue treatment and its side effects.    

Bone MetsAdam Brufsky, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Associate Director of Clinical Investigation for the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Learn about treatment options for breast cancer that has spread to the bones. Learn how to limit side effects, manage bone pain and maintain bone strength. Understand screening tests and get updates on clinical trials of new treatments and quality of life.

How Scientific Research is Addressing Metastatic Breast CancerMarc Hurlbert, PhD
Chief Mission Officer, Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Chair, Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance

Katherine O'Brien
Co-Chair, Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance's Public Awareness Committee
Living with metastatic breast cancer since 2009

This workshop will provide insights into many questions about metastatic breast cancer (MBC) of interest to patients, their families and loved ones. Sessions will draw from current research on the incidence and distribution of MBC in the population; what we know about why cancers spread, and funding of MBC research over time. Key questions include: How many people are living today with MBC? How many early stage breast cancer patients experience a recurrence, and how might we track recurrence in national registries? How can we learn more about MBC and how can patients get involved? Lastly, what advances in science and technology have enhanced our ability to study MBC at the cellular level that could ultimately lead to treatments that extend life and improve quality of life for people living with MBC.

Finding Words: Effective Communication With Loved Ones
Katherine Easton, LCSW, OSW-C
Oncology Social Worker
Atlanta Cancer Center Affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute 

Good communication is at the core of healthy relationships and can be essential to managing a cancer diagnosis with the important people in your life.  Talking with those we love impacts how each person experiences the ups and downs of living with metastatic breast cancer.  Join this session for a discussion about how to have these critical conversations, the powerful emotions that often accompany them and how to ensure  they promote understanding and compassion among friends and family.

Close-up: Insomnia and FatigueKimberley A. Curseen, MD
Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services, Emory Healthcare
Acting Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

There are many factors that can impact the quality of your sleep and your energy level. This workshop will take an in-depth look at what causes insomnia and fatigue and how each can impact the other. Learn how cancer-related fatigue is different than regular fatigue, how depression, anxiety and pain can influence these conditions and learn about effective medical treatments and lifestyle changes that can help improve these two common side effects.

How Clinical Trials Are Advancing Our Understanding of MBCMargaret Flowers, PhD 
Associate Director, Grants and Scientific Communications
Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Pallav K. Mehta, MD 
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Director of Integrative Oncology
Director of Practice Development
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Clinical trials over the last 50 years have led to the approval of new treatments and changed the management of breast cancer, typically first in the metastatic setting and then in earlier stage breast cancer (called adjuvant therapy). These advances have improved outcomes for many affected by breast cancer, creating the largest group of cancer survivors in the US. However, up to 30 percent of those with a history of breast cancer may go on to experience a disease recurrence and develop metastatic disease, sometimes many years after the initial diagnosis. MBC presents new challenges in breast cancer treatment and the only way to improve outcomes for MBC is through clinical trials. This session will explore some of the challenges and opportunities for clinical trials in MBC. 

Join this session to learn the basic structure of clinical trials, the importance of trial design, and translational research in MBC; some of the challenges in conducting clinical trials that are unique to MBC; the challenges and opportunities in research biopsies; new tools to find clinical trials and what you can do to advance science in MBC.

Food as Medicine: Cooking to Feel Well
Ann Ogden Gaffney
Founder, Cook for Your LIFE

Learn how to use food to serve your body best. This interactive cooking demonstration will teach you how to cook two, easy-to-make recipes that taste great and pack a strong nutritional punch. Along the way get healthy food substitutions, budget-friendly shopping tips and simple cooking tricks to assist you in feeling your best every day.

Work and Employment ConcernsJamie Ledezma, Esq.

Your job can provide you a sense of purpose as well as a way to pay the bills. A metastatic diagnosis may bring your work into question – what kind of work you want to do, what kind of work you are able to do. It may bring your finances and health insurance to the forefront of your mind. Join this session to explore your work-related concerns, learn the nuts and bolts of your employment rights and get strategies for identifying what’s most important to you in the workplace.