Schedule & sessions

Our sessions and on-demand content with leading wellness and medical professionals provide an opportunity to share, learn, reflect and connect.

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Saturday, October 24

10:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m. (ET) | Meet-ups in the lounge

Meet-ups in the lounge

Head to the Lounge to connect with others throughout the weekend in our virtual meet-ups. Drop by, connect with others, and give and receive support!

All-conference attendee meet-up
This meet-up is for all conference attendees to chat, connect, and share experiences.

Newly diagnosed meet-up
Learning you have breast cancer can feel overwhelming. Join this meet-up to connect with others who are newly diagnosed and hear from our meet-up moderators who have been where you are – newly diagnosed and getting their bearings.

Young women’s meet-up
Connect with young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Make new friends, give and get peer support, and share tips and resources that have been helpful to you.

Mets meet-up
Connect with others living with metastatic breast cancer. Make new friends, give and get peer support, and share tips and resources that have been helpful to you.

The Black breast cancer experience meet-up
Being diagnosed with breast cancer may be challenging, but going through it alone can be even harder.  Join this meet-up as a place where you can share your experiences, ask questions, learn new resources, gather strength, encourage others and make new friends with Black women and men that have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

LGBTQ Meet-up
Connect with others in the LGBTQ community. Make new friends, give and get peer support, and share tips and resources that have been helpful to you.

Triple-negative breast cancer meet-up
Sponsored by Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
Connect with others who have been diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. Make new friends, give and get peer support, and share tips and resources that have been helpful to you.

Caregivers meet-up
Whether you are a partner, spouse, family member, or friend, this is a space just for you. Join this caregivers’ meet-up to connect to others like you, explore common concerns, and share support and resources.

LBBC leadership volunteer meet-up
A space for LBBC’s leadership volunteers to meet and exchange ideas. Whether you are a Young Advocate, a Community Connector, or a Helpline or Hear My Voice advocate volunteer, join this meet-up to connect, make new friends, and share ideas sparked throughout the program.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET) | Live exhibit hall

Visit with our conference exhibitors to gain access to valuable resources and use the chat function to talk one-on-one with exhibit booth representatives who are standing by to answer your questions. 

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET) | Triple-negative breast cancer discussion groups

Early-stage triple-negative breast cancer discussion group

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 resources available to you.

Moderator: Melissa Berryfounder of Cancer Fashionista, diagnosed in 2013 with Stage I triple-negative breast cancer

Metastatic triple-negative breast cancer discussion group   

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 resources available to you.

Moderators:
Kelly Thomas, Diagnosed in 2018 with Stage 3C triple-negative breast cancer
Founder, @tnbc_thrivers (a platform that shares stories from the TNBC community)

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET) | Keynote | Healthy living: Food and fitness as medicine

Healthy living: Food and fitness as medicine 

With so much information circulating about nutrition and exercise, knowing what’s hype and what’s scientifically proven can be difficult! This session will break down some of the most talked about controversies in food and fitness related to cancer and answer your questions about what and how to eat to live well every day.

Speaker:
Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, CPT 
Co-Founder, Wellness Guides Personalized Nutrition & Fitness 
Adjunct Faculty, Simmons University 

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. (ET) | Break

Take a screen break, stretch your legs, or grab a snack. 

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET) | Live exhibit hall

Visit with our conference exhibitors to gain access to valuable resources and use the chat function to talk one-on-one with exhibit booth representatives who are standing by to answer your questions. 

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (ET) | Breakouts

Fear of recurrence: Stories and strategies

Fear of recurrence, or fear of cancer coming back, is one of the most common worries among people with breast cancer. This fear can have a powerful effect on your everyday life. Join this session to learn coping strategies and hear personal stories from others who have been impacted by breast cancer and what works for them. 

Facilitator:
Darah W. Curran, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Manager, Oncology Navigation and Counseling
Life with Cancer, Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Panelists:
Roberta Albany
Diagnosed in 2013 with early-stage breast cancer

Kate Williams
Diagnosed in 2019 with triple-negative breast cancer

Metastatic breast cancer: Living with uncertainty

Living with metastatic disease can feel like a roller coaster of ups and downs. Join this session to learn how to transform worry and maintain hope. Hear personal stories from others who are living with mets and what works for them.

Facilitator:
Pamela J. Ginsberg, PhD, Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice
Doylestown Hospital
Medical Advisory Board, Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia

Panelists:
Joy Jenrette
Diagnosed in 2008 with early-stage breast cancer
Diagnosed in 2018 with metastatic breast cancer

Cathy Knowles
Diagnosed in 2017 with de novo metastatic breast cancer
 

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (ET) | Keynote | Advocating for change in Black breast cancer care

Keynote: Advocating for change in Black breast cancer care

In this keynote session, our dynamic panel will discuss how health disparities and inequalities are impacting Black people diagnosed with breast cancer. The panel will discuss the role that research, nonprofit organizations, policymakers, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies have in creating positive change. Learn how the broader breast cancer community can impact change and close the gap in health outcomes for Black people diagnosed with breast cancer.

Moderator:
Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW
Oncology social worker
Program Manager, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University

Panelists:
Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology

Monique Gary, DO, FACS 
Breast surgeon
Medical Director, Cancer Program at Grand View Health 

Stephanie Walker
Patient advocate
Diagnosed in 2015 with de novo metastatic breast cancer 

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET) | Virtual dance party

Put your dancing shoes on, invite everyone in the house and let loose! Join us on Zoom for LBBC’s and TNBCF’s end of day virtual dance party courtesy of NYCE Productions!

Sunday, October 25

10:00 a.m. (ET) - 11:00 a.m. (ET) | Reach & Raise: Yoga with Robyn

Join us for an inspirational all-levels yoga class to refresh and energize as you start your day. This is a special opportunity to be part of Reach & Raise, LBBC’s signature yoga event in support of those affected by breast cancer. Everyone can participate, regardless of fitness level or experience with yoga. Modifications of poses and chair yoga poses will be demonstrated throughout the class.

Yoga Instructor:
Robyn Tiger, MD, C-IAYT, RYT-500
Physician & Certified yoga instructor
Founder, Yoga Heals 4 Life
Faculty, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy
 

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET) | Meet-ups in the Lounge

Meet-ups in the lounge

Head to the Lounge to connect with others throughout the weekend in our virtual meet-ups. Drop by, connect with others, and give and receive support!

All-conference attendee meet-up
This meet-up is for all conference attendees to chat, connect, and share experiences.

Newly diagnosed meet-up
Learning you have breast cancer can feel overwhelming. Join this meet-up to connect with others who are newly diagnosed and hear from our meet-up moderators who have been where you are – newly diagnosed and getting their bearings.

Young women’s meet-up
Connect with young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Make new friends, give and get peer support, and share tips and resources that have been helpful to you.

Mets meet-up
Connect with others living with metastatic breast cancer. Make new friends, give and get peer support, and share tips and resources that have been helpful to you.

The Black breast cancer experience meet-up
Being diagnosed with breast cancer may be challenging, but going through it alone can be even harder.  Join this meet-up as a place where you can share your experiences, ask questions, learn new resources, gather strength, encourage others and make new friends with Black women and men that have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

LGBTQ Meet-up
Connect with others in the LGBTQ community. Make new friends, give and get peer support, and share tips and resources that have been helpful to you.

Triple-negative breast cancer meet-up
Sponsored by Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
Connect with others who have been diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer. Make new friends, give and get peer support, and share tips and resources that have been helpful to you.

Caregivers meet-up
Whether you are a partner, spouse, family member, or friend, this is a space just for you. Join this caregivers’ meet-up to connect to others like you, explore common concerns, and share support and resources.

LBBC leadership volunteer meet-up
A space for LBBC’s leadership volunteers to meet and exchange ideas. Whether you are a Young Advocate, a Community Connector, or a Helpline or Hear My Voice advocate volunteer, join this meet-up to connect, make new friends, and share ideas sparked throughout the program.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET) | Live exhibit hall

Visit with our conference exhibitors to gain access to valuable resources and use the chat function to talk one-on-one with exhibit booth representatives who are standing by to answer your questions. 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Keynote | More than skin deep: Beauty self-care inside & out

More than skin deep: Beauty self-care inside & out 

More than skin deep is a workshop to help educate, empower, and pamper! Industry leading green beauty companies, SaltyGirl Beauty and Violets are Blue Skincare— founded by two cancer survivors and an oncology nurse — are dedicated to helping you look your best during and after cancer treatment. While most changes in your appearance are temporary, the goal of this session is to help you look and feel your best by empowering you with knowledge and tools for the future. The session includes an introduction to green beauty, an ingredient overview, tips to do at-home facials, and an easy makeup routine. There will also be plenty of time for your questions.

Moderator:
Jasmine Dionne Souers
Co-Founder & Chief Visionary Officer
For the Breast of Us
Diagnosed in 2016 with early-stage breast cancer

Speakers: 

Cynthia Besteman
Founder, Violets are Blue

Sarah Kelly
Co-Founder, SaltyGirl Beauty

Leah Robert, RN, BSN, OCN
Co-Founder, SaltyGirl Beauty

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. (ET) | Break

Take a screen break, stretch your legs, or grab a snack. 

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET) | Live exhibit hall

Visit with our conference exhibitors to gain access to valuable resources and use the chat function to talk one-on-one with exhibit booth representatives who are standing by to answer your questions. 

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. (ET) | Breakouts

Sex & intimacy

During this session, Dr. Terstriep and Dr. Hysjulien will discuss ways to effectively manage sexual side effects of breast cancer and the feelings that may interfere with having the sex or intimacy you want in your life. This frank discussion will be inclusive of all sexual orientations, and partnered and non-partnered lifestyles. Join in the discussion by chatting your comments and asking questions during this interactive presentation. Download the sexual concerns checklist. 

Speakers: 
Chery A. Hysjulien, RN, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Sanford Health Roger Maris Cancer Center

Shelby Terstriep, MD
Medical Oncologist
Sanford Health

Sharing stories: Making breast reconstruction decisions

Breast reconstruction is a personal and complex choice. This session will allow you to join the conversation with women who have made decisions about rebuilding their breasts. Join in the discussion by chatting your comments and asking questions during this interactive session.  

Moderator:
Dana Donofree
Designer & Founder, AnaOno

Panelists: 
Maja Adolfo-Piwek
Diagnosed in 2018 with triple-negative breast cancer

Sarah Sanders
Diagnosed in 2020 with triple-negative breast cancer

Suzette Simon
Diagnosed in 2020 with early-stage breast cancer
 

3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Keynote | Early-stage breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer: Being allies for each other

All breast cancer diagnoses can be traumatic and life-changing. But the stage often strongly influences our personal experience. The breast cancer stage can impact our view of whether the disease is a temporary or permanent state, whether treatment aims to cure or to manage illness, and even the words we use to describe how cancer has impacted our lives. These differences have caused rifts between people with early-stage and metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer. In this keynote session, our panelists will explore the history of these differences, barriers to communication, and examples of collaboration. They will identify experiences and strategies that bring all people with breast cancer together to further the goals we share: to find cures for disease, and to feel seen, heard and, ultimately, understood.

Moderator:
Kate Pickert
Author, Radical: the Science, Culture and History of Breast Cancer in America

Panelists:
Angela “Jersi” Baker
Diagnosed in 2011 with metastatic breast cancer

Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP
Chief Executive Officer
Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Marianne Sarcich
Diagnosed in 2016 with early-stage breast cancer
Breast Cancer Survivor and Patient Advocate

 

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Keynote | Making meaning after a diagnosis of breast cancer

Making meaning after a diagnosis of breast cancer

Join Dr. Gary as she shares insights from conversations she’s had with hundreds of people with early and metastatic breast cancer about the lessons they’ve learned, finding new purpose, and making meaning. During the session, use our interactive chat to share your experiences and guidance for setting a new course and adjusting to the many changes breast cancer can bring.

Speaker:
Monique Gary, DO, FACS 
Breast surgeon
Medical Director, Cancer Program at Grand View Health 

On-demand content

Check out our library of on-demand content, available for you to watch on your own time throughout the weekend.

On-demand | Medical update: Triple-negative breast cancer

Medical update: Triple-negative breast cancer

As someone diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, you may have specific concerns about treatment options, chemotherapy side effects, and today’s clinical trials for this subtype of breast cancer. 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.

Speaker:
Rita Nanda, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Breast Oncology
Section of Hematology/Oncology
University of Chicago

On-demand | Mindfulness for resilience

Mindfulness for resilience

Hear from Anusha as she explores how mindfulness and meditation practices can help you deal with the changing tides of life from a cancer diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Learn ways in which you can learn to embrace uncertainty, accept what is and start living from a place of peace and balance within during these challenging times.

Speaker:
Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, CPC, RYT, Dip Mentoring
Founder, Shanti Within Wellness
Hoag Hospital Wellness Consultant 

On-demand | Treating metastatic breast cancer: The promise of precision medicine

Treating metastatic breast cancer: The promise of precision medicine

In the last few years, cancer research 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? This on-demand content 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.

Speakers: 
Lisa A. Carey, MD, FASCO
Deputy Director of Clinical Sciences, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jacobs Preyer Distinguished Professor in Breast Cancer Research, Department of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Nikhil Wagle, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Medical Oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

On-demand | All about CBD for side effects

All about CBD for side effects

Dr. Capano shares the basics about CBD: what it is, how it differs from medical marijuana, and why people use it. She also shares tips for wading through the many products marketed as using hemp to help you find something that will be helpful to you.

Speaker:
Alex Capano, DNP, CRNP, FNP-BC
Chief Science Officer, Ecofibre Limited

On-demand | Caregiving: Supporting someone you love and yourself during breast cancer

Caregiving: Supporting someone you love and yourself during breast cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis affects not only the person who has been diagnosed but also the people who care about and share in their lives. Listen to this session to explore the benefits and challenges of caregiving and gain strategies for effective self-care.

Speaker:
Gregory D. Garber, MSW, LCSW
Director, Oncology Support Services
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University

On-demand | Advances in breast cancer care

Advances in Breast Cancer Care

Breast cancer treatment has evolved over the past ten years. Listen to this recording to hear about the key factors that determine today’s treatment options for people diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer and metastatic breast cancer. Using examples of some of today’s most compelling trials, learn about the role of clinical trials in treatment, how they can benefit people in treatment now and the future.

Speaker:
Claudine Isaacs, MD
Professor of Medicine and Oncology
Associate Director of Clinical Research
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C

On-demand | What to think of a coming COVID-19 vaccine

On-demand | What to think of a coming COVID-19 vaccine

It has been 6 months since much of the U.S. shut down to stop the spread of COVID-19, and people want to know how the country can move closer to life as it was. As the new school year begins, and another flu season approaches, vaccines have become an important part of the conversation.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer vice president of mission delivery Janine Guglielmino, MA, spoke with William Schaffner, MD, a professor of preventative medicine, about vaccines. They discuss the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, where you should turn for trusted information when one has been approved, and probable limits of a COVID-19 vaccine, especially for people who have compromised immune systems. They also talk about the importance of getting a flu shot this year and making sure adults and children are up to date on their vaccines even while many of us are still working and learning from home.

Speaker:
William Schaffner, MD
Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Department of Health Policy
Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine