Schedule & sessions

Our live sessions with experts and meet-ups with others living with metastatic breast cancer provide an opportunity to share, learn, reflect and connect. Registrants will also have access to a bonus library of videos to watch on their own time. 

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Saturday, April 17

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (ET) | Group meet-ups

Group meet-ups

Join our hour-long meet-ups to connect with others, share stories, and give and receive support! These large-group discussions will be hosted on our conference platform via Zoom and be facilitated by our volunteer moderators:

  • Newly diagnosed meet-up

  • Mets meet-up

  • The Black breast cancer experience meet-up

  • Young women’s meet-up

  • Caregivers meet-up

  • LBBC Leadership Volunteer meet-up

Learn more about this year's meet-ups and get tips for how to participate on the Group meet-up page. 

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. One-on-one chats with exhibitor representatives are available as a text-based chat, video chat, or audio chat.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET) | Breakout session | Supporting someone you love with MBC

Supporting someone you love with MBC

An MBC diagnosis affects not only the person diagnosed but also the people who care about and share in their lives. As a care partner, fears for the future, juggling everyday matters, and navigating communication are just a few of the challenges you may face. Join this session to explore these issues and to identify your needs. Gain tools for managing your stress so you can provide the best care for your loved one.

Discussion Facilitator: 
Michelle Bronzo, MA, LPC, LCPC, LMHC, CT
Michelle Bronzo Counseling, LLC

Panelists:
Tony Celeste
Husband of wife living with metastatic breast cancer

Penney Davis
Four-time breast cancer cosurvivor and caregiver
Daughter of mother living with metastatic breast cancer
Mother to daughter diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer

Peggy Wonder
Sibling to sister living with metastatic breast cancer

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (ET) | Keynote | What's happening in research

What's happening in research

Fatima Cardoso, MD 
Director Breast Unit, Champalimaud Clinical Centre
President ABC Global Alliance
Av. De Brasília  s/n,
1400-038 Lisbon, Portugal

 

 

With so much happening in MBC research, this keynote will inform you of recent and influential clinical trial findings, as well as important open trials currently  recruiting. We’ll explore the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on breast cancer clinical trial recruitment and participation and how the development of COVID-19 vaccines may impact or inform the global development of MBC medicines, trials, and vaccines — are there lessons to be applied? Hear what’s most exciting in upcoming MBC research, and where we need more information to research new pathways.

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. (ET) | Break

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

1:15 – 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. One-on-one chats with exhibitor representatives are available as a text-based chat, video chat, or audio chat.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET) | Breakout sessions

Bone mets

The bones are the most common place for breast cancer to spread. In this session, learn about treatment options, and get strategies to limit side effects, manage bone pain, and maintain bone strength. Understand screening tests and get updates on clinical trials studying new treatments and quality of life.

Speaker:
Katherine Weilbaecher, MD
Oliver M. Langenberg Distinguished Professor of the Science and Practice of Medicine
Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Financial toxicity

The term financial toxicity describes both the practical and the emotional impact of the cost of care on individuals and families managing a cancer diagnosis. This session will explain what factors contribute to financial toxicity, explore its impact, and provide ways to reduce it. Hear about useful resources to assist with bills, manage costs, and eliminate barriers to quality healthcare.

Speakers:
Shonta Chambers, MSW
EVP Health Equity and Community Engagement
Principal Investigator, SelfMade Health Network
Patient Advocate Foundation

Monica Fawzy Bryant, Esq.
Cancer rights attorney, speaker and author
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Triage Cancer

Make your voice heard: advocating for research

In this panel discussion, hear about ways to become involved in the clinical trial process, both as a participant and as an advisor. Our panelists cover three key issues identified at our January 2021 Advocacy Summit: disparities in care, diversity in clinical trials, and access to researchers who are leading the way. Explore innovative community partnerships, and learn how the pandemic opened doors for more people to attend research conferences and gain access to research leaders—and what steps you can take to make sure that door stays open.  

Panelists:

Maimah Karmo
Founder & CEO, the Tigerlily Foundation

Tatiana Prowell, MD

Jamil Rivers

Stephanie Walker

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (ET) | Break

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

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. (ET) | Keynote | Understanding and accessing palliative care

Understanding and accessing palliative care

James A. Tulsky, MD  
Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

 

Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness. Join us to learn about the goals of palliative care, how palliative care can benefit you physically, emotionally, and spiritually, how to access palliative care, where you get care, and how palliative care can even benefit those you love.

 

4:15 - 4:30 p.m. (ET) | Break

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

4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (ET) | Keynote | Shared voices: Learning from each other

Shared voices: Learning from each other

Listen to, learn from, and share with a panel of your peers. Topics will include making treatment decisions, managing uncertainty, coping with the “tough stuff,” getting support, parenting, managing close relationships, and navigating work and finances. We’ll also explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ways we can learn and support one during this continuing time.

Panelists:
Lori Burwell

Amanda Celeste

Lesley Glenn

Joy Jenrette

Sunday, April 18

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (ET) | Yoga to start your day

Join us for an inspirational, all-levels yoga class to refresh and energize as you start your day. Everyone can participate, regardless of fitness level or experience with yoga. Pose modifications and chair yoga poses will be demonstrated throughout the class.

Yoga Instructor:
Shenise Nicole Henderson MBA, MSS LCSW, RYT
 

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. One-on-one chats with exhibitor representatives are available as a text-based chat, video chat, or audio chat.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (ET) | Keynote | Treatment resistance in metastatic breast cancer

Treatment resistance in metastatic breast cancer

Nancy U. Lin, MD
Associate Chief Director, Division of Breast Oncology
Director, Metastatic Breast Cancer Program
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

 

A goal of treatment is to keep metastatic breast cancer from growing or spreading. But what are the reasons a treatment works for a time and then stops, or works well for one person but does little for another? In this session, Dr. Lin explores what we know about why cancers become resistant to effective treatments, and what researchers are learning about how to make them respond again. Understand how the cancer subtype and other factors could influence your treatment choices.  


 

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. (ET) | Break

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

1:15 – 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. One-on-one chats with exhibitor representatives are available as a text-based chat, video chat, or audio chat.

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET) | Breakouts

Coping with cancer: Expressing yourself through art and storytelling

Storytelling is the primary way we explore experiences to find acceptance, meaning and closure. Yet telling the story of your cancer experience is often complicated by the fact that it’s traumatizing. In this experiential workshop, we’ll explore art making, coupled with writing, as a process to help you express what you’ve been through by tapping into the less conscious aspects of your experience.

You don’t need to have any previous artistic experience or fancy supplies to benefit from this practice. Simply grab blank paper and whatever basic art supplies you have on hand to use – pens, pencils, markers, crayons, pastels, or watercolors.

Speaker:
Stephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC 
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Art Therapist
Founder Creative Transformations, LLC

Parenting with MBC

People with metastatic breast cancer face complex challenges as they navigate disease and treatment uncertainty and raise children. During this practical, interactive workshop, we will explore these challenges together and offer strategies for managing them. This session is for women or men who are partnered or single and parent children of any age.

Speaker:
Cynthia (Cindy) Moore, PhD
Associate Director, Marjorie E. Korff Parenting at a Challenging Time Program
Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Harvard Medical School

Managing side effects of new treatments

To live fully with MBC, it is important to prevent and minimize side effects of your treatment. This session will focus on side effects caused by newer agents, such as the CDK inhibitors, PARP inhibitors, and the anti-HER2 targeting agents. Hear about the potential severity of these effects, learn the medical and integrative interventions you can use to prevent and manage side effects, and hear how to address your concerns with your healthcare team to get the help and relief you need.

Speaker: 
Odessa Williams, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC
Adult Nurse Practitioner, Breast and Imaging Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 

3:00 – 3:15 p.m. (ET) | Break

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

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. (ET) | Keynote | Thriving through food

Thriving through food

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

 

 

 

Learn about the foods and eating strategies that can enhance your treatment, boost your immune system, lessen inflammation in the body, and optimize your nutrition. Gain strategies for eating well despite specific diet or nutritional challenges, food sensitivities, or preferences, and get your questions answered about eating well to live well. In this interactive keynote, you’ll also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a live food prep demonstration!

 

4:30 - 4:45 p.m. (ET) | Break

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

4:45 - 5:15 p.m. (ET) | Keynote | Managing anxiety: You are not your thoughts

Managing anxiety: You are not your thoughts

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

 

 

 

Living with metastatic disease can feel like a roller coaster. Using tools like mindfulness and breath awareness can help you find balance, transform fear, and build resiliency. Using her book, Meditation with Intention, Anusha will explore the attention we give our thoughts and the impact of those thoughts on our beliefs about the future. She will also guide us through a short meditation practice used to observe and detach from our thoughts.
 

Bonus video library

Content in the bonus video library will be available on-demand throughout the weekend.

Bonus video | Liver & lung mets

Two places breast cancer can sometimes spread are the liver and the lungs. Learn about different ways to treat and manage liver and lung mets, and find out how these cancers tend to grow and change during treatment. Gain strategies for managing side effects and monitoring your treatment goals over time.

On-Demand Speaker:
Anne Blaes, MD
Associate Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology
University of Minnesota

Director of Cancer Survivorship Services and Translational Research
Masonic Cancer Center

Bonus video | Vaccination update for people with MBC

Description coming soon!

Bonus video | Beauty hacks

Whether to save time or to get some “me time,” we all need beauty tips to look and feel our best. These useful videos will show you how to draw or fill brows, protect your skin, apply an easy, breezy, make-up look that takes no time at all, and tie a headscarf.

On-Demand Speakers:
Melissa Berry
Founder, Cancer Fashionista

Patricia Fox
Breast Cancer Advocate, Storyteller and Make-up Artist

Bonus video | Newly diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer

Whether this is your first breast cancer diagnosis or you have had breast cancer before, learning you have metastatic breast cancer is likely to be overwhelming. This session is designed to provide you with the medical information and practical support necessary to help you make informed decisions about your treatment and to get your bearings during the first few months after a metastatic diagnosis. For those diagnosed in the last few months, Dr. Haddad will address possible changes to the management of your diagnosis and first treatment plan because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as questions to ask your healthcare team about the future.

On-Demand Speaker:
Tufia C. Haddad, MD
Associate Professor of Oncology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

Bonus video | Oligometastatic breast cancer

Many people, and even doctors, are not familiar with the term oligometastatic breast cancer. Oligometastatic breast cancer is characterized by single or few detectable metastatic lesions at the time of diagnosis. People with oligomets may have improved outcomes and may even experience treatment as curative. In this interview, Debu Tripathy, MD, explains this relatively rare presentation of MBC, explores treatment approaches, and shares a look into the research.

On-Demand Speakers:
Elpida Argenziano
Patient Advocate
Diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2015

Steven J. Chmura, MD, PhD
Director of Clinical and Translational Research for Radiation Oncology
University of Chicago

Scientific Director, Cancer Clinical Trials Office
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center

Debu Tripathy, MD
Professor of Medicine and Chair, Department Of Breast Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center