Sessions

Keynote Presentations
Opening Keynote and Q & A
Precision Medicine: Decoding Your Cancer
Kathy D. Miller, MD
Saturday, September 29, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Breast cancer treatment today is no longer one-size-fits all. This approach—often called precision medicine—uses genomic tests to determine what drives the cancer’s growth and which treatments are most likely to halt it. In this keynote, hear about the impact of genomic tests in treating breast cancers of all stages, learn how researchers use these tests and explore the cutting-edge medicines available now, often through clinical trials, based on information gathered from them.

Afternoon Keynote and Q & A
Myths & Truths: Nutrition
Julie LG Lanford, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN
Saturday, September 29, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.  

With so much information out there on exercise and what to eat or not to eat, knowing what’s hype and what’s scientifically proven can be difficult. Hear from dietitian Julie Lanford about nutrition in the first part of this Myths & Truths series, and join Dr. Pallav Mehta Sunday morning for part two, to learn practical information about exercise.

Closing Keynote and Q & A
Myths & Truths: Fitness and Exercise
Pallav K. Mehta, MD
Sunday, September 30, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

With so much information out there on exercise and what to eat or not to eat, knowing what’s hype and what’s scientifically proven can be difficult. Hear from Dr. Pallav Mehta about exercise in the second part of this Myths & Truths series, and join dietitian Julie Lanford Saturday afternoon for part one, to learn practical information about diet and nutrition.


Breakout Sessions: Part One
Saturday, September 29, 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A. Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Medical UpdateReshma L. Mahtani, DO

As someone diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, you may have specific concerns about treatment options, chemotherapy side effects and risk of recurrence. During this session, explore your unique needs, gain insight into promising new research and learn how you can influence the future of care for people with triple-negative disease.

B. Metastatic Breast Cancer: Medical UpdateKathy D. Miller, MD

Learn about the latest medical advances in treating metastatic breast cancer and the research being done to grow treatment options and improve quality of life.

C. What's New for HER2Chau T. Dang, MD

The development of new targeted therapies has advanced the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer. Join this session to hear about the latest targeted therapies for early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer as well as those being used to manage metastatic breast cancer. Hear about the side effects these treatments may cause and how to ease their impact on your quality of life.

D. The Latest Research: Hormonal TherapiesSameer Gupta, MD, MPH

Hormonal therapy is used to reduce the risk of recurrence in early-stage, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer. In this session you will learn how the latest research findings impact you, get an overview of the types of hormonal therapies available, and gain strategies for easing side effects and improving quality of life.

E.  Lymphedema: Symptoms, Treatments and CausesGina M. Smith, PT, CLT

Join this session to learn what lymphedema is and why it is a concern for people diagnosed with breast cancer. Hear about today's treatments and interventions used to manage the condition and gain strategies for maintaining quality of life while managing lymphedema.

F.  Navigating Work After a Breast Cancer DiagnosisChristine Q. Brennan

Whether you are continuing to work, are considering changing jobs, or returning to work after treatment, learn how to prepare yourself, what legal protections are available to you, and strategies and tips to create the best work experience possible.

G.  Body ImagePamela Ginsberg, PhD

Body image concerns are part of many women's lives. After a breast cancer diagnosis, these issues can become even more prominent, especially for young women. Explore your feelings and how they can differ depending on how you felt about your body before cancer, the stage of life you are in and whether you're single or in a relationship. Learn how to manage these complex feelings and open a new dialogue with yourself about appearance, acceptance and appreciation of beauty.

H.  CaregivingJulie Larson, LCSW

A breast cancer diagnosis impacts the whole family and can change the way we take care of ourselves and others. Gain practical tools for self-care and for communicating with your loved one to understand how best to show your care and concern.

Breakout Sessions: Part Two
Saturday, September 29, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

I. Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Early-Stage Discussion GroupMaryrose Mongelli, LMSW

A triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis changes you, your relationships and sometimes even your life’s direction. This lively group discussion will provide you a space to talk about the challenges of living with a history of triple-negative breast cancer, including managing fear of recurrence, coping with treatment side effects and juggling life’s demands during and after treatment. Sit back and listen or join the conversation by sharing your own insights in this interactive session, while also learning about the many triple-negative resources available to you.

J. Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Metastatic Discussion GroupAllison Nilsen, MSW, LCSW

Living with metastatic triple-negative breast cancer poses a unique set of challenges  This group discussion, led by a trained oncology social worker, will address the specific needs and concerns of those living with stage IV triple-negative disease.  Sit back and listen or join the conversation by sharing your own insights in this interactive session, while also learning about the many resources available to you.

K. Whistle Words: Write to HealCharlotte Matthews
Betsy Cox


Feeling unmoored? The simple act of writing is a powerful way to reconnect and reclaim your sense of self. Join, Charlotte Matthews, co-founder of Whistle Words*, for an insightful, explorative, and fun, writing workshop. Walk away with a valuable tool for your ongoing self-care.  You do not need to be a ‘writer’:  writing is our tool, and not our goal!

*Whistle Words is a multimedia project with women in and post treatment, offering both in-person and online writing workshops. Betsy Cox, co-founder of Whistle Words and director of Red Spark Films (redsparkfilms.com), is chronicling the project through film, and will ultimately produce a documentary about the process and the writing that results.

L. Fear of Recurrence: Living Well With Uncertainty
Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP

After an early-stage breast cancer diagnosis, many people experience fear of recurrence, extreme worry that the cancer will come back. Fears may come and go or stay with you. Join this session to explore strategies to help gain control over worry, know your trigger events, and learn how to communicate what you are feeling to loved ones and healthcare providers to get the support you need.

M. Genetic TestingJennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, MA

Did you know that about 5 – 10 percent of breast cancers are hereditary, caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child? Join Dr. Klemp to hear some of today’s most compelling information about hereditary breast cancer risks, and learn about the benefits and limitations of genetic testing and how test results can help you make informed decisions.

N. Supporting Children When a Parent Has CancerJulie Larson, LCSW

From wanting to communicate the “right” things to striving to keep routines on track, many parents worry about how to best support their children after a breast cancer diagnosis. Join this session to learn age-appropriate language to use with your children when talking about your diagnosis and treatment. Gain insight into how children process illness and how you can help your child to cope with their fears. Get practical strategies and explore resources to manage day-to-day matters like school pick-ups, family chores and playdates to make the most of your energy while managing matters of the heart and home.

O. Long-Term Survivorship: Improving Thinking and MemoryFremonta Meyer, MD

You’ve heard it referred to as “chemobrain,” the memory and cognitive challenges that befall some women after treatment. During this session you will learn what current research can tell us about the symptoms and causes of this frustrating side effect, treatments that can help and other factors that can impact the condition.

P. Breast and Reconstruction OptionsEvan B. Katzel, MD
Michael Ham, MSN, RN


Breast reconstruction is a personal decision. This session will encourage you to explore your options. You’ll hear about the latest techniques, learn about nipple reconstruction and tattoo options and gain a better understanding of the recovery process.

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