Schedule

Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference Three Woman Together

Friday, April 17 - The Power of Connection
Early Registration and Tote Bag Giveaway
2:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Get checked in and receive your conference tote bag and name tag.

First-timers Meet-up  
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Attend this special get-together to meet other first-time attendees, hear about conference highlights and learn how to stay connected throughout the weekend. Hosted by LBBC's Conference Advisory Committee and Hear My Voice advocates, you will be welcomed by others who once were new to this conference and now give back by sharing their own experiences living with mets.

Reach & Raise: Yoga with Robyn
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Robyn Tiger, MD, C-IAYT, RYT-500
Join us for an inspirational all-levels yoga class to refresh and energize as you begin the weekend. This is a special opportunity to be a part of Reach & Raise, LBBC’s signature yoga event in support of those affected by breast cancer.  Everyone can participate no matter what your fitness level or experience with yoga. Modifications of poses and chair yoga will be demonstrated throughout the class. Bring your own mat. Loaner mats will be available for those who need them.

Dr. Robyn Tiger is a physician and certified yoga therapist who integrates western and eastern philosophies for complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being serving those touched by cancer, anxiety, and stress related disorders including PTSD.   She guides individuals to holistically achieve optimal health and become the best version of themselves.

Young Women's Meet-Up
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Join other young women and their caregivers for complimentary appetizers, door prizes and networking. Cash bar will be available.

Meet-up hosted by Sharsheret
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.   
Shalom, Shabbat! Join our friends from Sharsheret for a relaxed reception to welcome Shabbat. Light candles, enjoy challah and wine, and explore how just as Shabbat can be an oasis of calm in the week, this conference is an oasis of support in the year. Both can provide opportunities for reflection and connection. Come connect with Sharsheret! All are welcome.

Networking Dinner
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a plated dinner, and meet new friends or reconnect with old ones.

Mini-Massage Stations
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy a 10-minute massage to relax and recharge.

Refresh & Restore: Resilient with Metastatic Breast Cancer
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Yael Flusberg
Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with MBC for years, building resilience can help you fill your life with a sense of support, meaning, and hope. In this experientially rich program, you will learn what resilience is and what it might look like for you. Join us as we explore mindfulness, movement, and journaling — with the goal of finding what speaks to you — for our weekend together and beyond. Facilitated by Yael Flusberg, a yoga therapist, writer, and coach based in Washington, DC.



Saturday, April 18 - Information is Power

Exhibitor Showcase Hours
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Visit With Exhibitors
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 

Conference Welcome & Introductions
9:30 - 9:40 a.m.    

Opening Keynote Presentation
Treating Metastatic Breast Cancer: The Promise of Precision Medicine

9:40 - 11:00 a.m.
Lisa A. Carey, MD, FASCO
Nikhil Wagle, MD

In the last few years, research in metastatic cancers has shifted from a focus on personalized treatment to one on precision medicine: treating cancer by targeting mutations based on findings from tumor tests. This changed focus has helped us develop new medicines and tests that benefit people with all types of metastatic breast cancer. But is precision medicine possible for most people today, or is it a sign of things to come? Our keynote session features a renowned researcher working to translate lab findings into treatments to benefit you in the doctor’s office, and a groundbreaking physician who can share the promise, and the perils, of precision medicine as it’s practiced today. Find out how the research is done, about different types of biomarker testing in tissue and blood, how doctors help you understand results, and ways to balance the implications of test results against other treatments available to you.

Our speakers will take your questions and comments throughout the discussion.

Break, Networking and Visiting With Exhibitors
11:00 - 11:30 a.m.        

Refresh & Restore Quiet Room and Lounge
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Refresh, restore, and recharge. Visit this quiet, calm space for time away from noise, lights, and crowds.

Breakout Sessions: Part One
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
    A.  Medical Update: Hormone Receptor-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer
          Stephanie Graff, MD
    B. Medical Update: Triple-Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer
          Rita Nanda, MD
    C. Medical Update: HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer
          Reshma L. Mahtani, DO
    D. Living Well: Managing Symptoms and Side Effects (repeats in Breakout Session Two)
          Don Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO

    E.  Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
          Tufia Haddad, MD
    F. The Power of Connection: The Caregiving Relationship
         Michelle Ferretti, LCSW, OSW-C

Plated Lunch, Networking and Visiting with Exhibitors
12:45 – 2:00 p.m.      

Lunch Presentation
1:00 - 1:15 p.m.
A Talk with Kate Pickert
Author, Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America

Breakout Sessions: Part Two 
2:00 – 3:15 p.m.        
    G. Treating Brain Mets
          Christina Irene Tsien, MD
          Alexandra S. Zimmer, MD
    H. Medical Update: Lobular Metastatic Breast Cancer
          Rachel C. Jankowitz, MD
           *Hosted in partnership with the Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance (LBCA)

    I. Treating Bone Mets
        Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD
    J. Patient Advocacy: What More Needs to Be Done and How We Get There
         Moderated by: Kate Pickert
        
Panelists: Christine Hodgdon, Natalia Padron, Jamil Rivers, Kelly Shanahan and Alicia C. Staley
    K. Living Well: Managing Symptoms and Side Effects
         Don Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO
    
Coffee and Snack Break, Networking and Visiting With Exhibitors

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.    
Enjoy a snack, connect with others, and take advantage of this last opportunity to visit conference exhibitors.

Afternoon Keynote Presentation
Shared Voices: Learning From Each Other

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Panelists: Jennifer Bires, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Abigail Johnston, Sheila McGlown, Ruth Pfeffer and Chawnte Randall
Listen to, learn from, and share with a panel of your peers. Topics will include making treatment decisions, managing uncertainty, coping with “really tough stuff,” getting support, parenting, managing close relationships, and navigating work and finances.

Our panelists will take your questions and comments throughout the discussion.

End of Day Remarks and Raffles
5:00 p.m.

Optional Special Event
An Evening Mini-Coach Tour of Downtown Philadelphia

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are required for this event. Trolley tour tickets will be pre-sold in April for $10 each. Limited quantities available. More details coming soon.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference group yoga class

Sunday, April 19 - Self-Care Sunday
Reach & Raise: Yoga with Yael
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Yael Flusberg
A refreshing, therapeutic yoga class with special emphasis on mindfulness, breathing, stretching and gentle movement to awaken you to the day and tune you in to the insights from the weekend. Everyone can participate no matter what your fitness level or experience with yoga. Modifications of poses and chair yoga will be demonstrated throughout the class. Bring your own mat. Loaner mats will be available for those who need them.

Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: Part Three
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
    L. Medical Marijuana to Manage Symptoms and Side Effects
         Moderated by: Abigail Johnston
        
Panelists: Leora S. Lowenthal, LICSW, OSW-C, MPA, Sara J. Ward, PhD, and Brooke Worster, MD, FACP
    M. Coping with Collective Grief
          Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD
    N. Young and Metastatic: A Panel Perspective
          Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW
    O. The System is Broken: Understanding the Financial Burden of Cancer
          Andrea Incudine, MPH
          Jackie Lake, LSW

    P. The Role of Acupuncture in Symptom and Side Effect Relief
         Dory Ellen Fish, LAc

Closing Keynote Presentation
Replenishing an Empty Well: Strategies for Self-Care
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Shara B. Sosa, MSW, LCSW
There is no one right way to support and care for yourself. Though self-care is different for each person, it can be easy to forget, especially in stressful times. This talk will explore the benefits and challenges of self-care and provide strategies for recognizing and connecting to different forms of support that honor your needs, bring joy, and serve you in finding a sense of peace and wellbeing.

Our speaker will take your questions and comments throughout the discussion.

Closing Remarks
12:00 - 12:15 p.m.

Learn more about our conference speakers and presenters.