Keynote Presentations

Update 4/3/19: Due to a personal obligation, Lisa A. Carey, MD, is unable to participate at our conference. Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE, from the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania will be our keynote speaker on Saturday morning.

Will Metastatic Breast Cancer Ever Be Curable, and What Will It Take to Get There?Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE
Saturday, April 6, 9:40  – 10:40 a.m.

The question of finding cures for metastatic breast cancer is important to everyone living with the disease and for those who care for them. Dr. DeMichele will discuss the complex issues related to curing cancer, including whether research should aim for cure or living with metastatic breast cancer as a chronic disease, or both; how close we are to curing metastatic breast cancer today; what exceptional responders  tell us about possible future breakthroughs for more people; and what promising approaches may help us get to a state of cure or chronicity in metastatic disease, or for people with some subtypes of the disease.

Questions and Answers with Dr. DeMicheleSaturday, April 6, 10:40 - 11:00 a.m.

Angela DeMichele, MD, MSCE
Jill & Alan Miller Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Excellence
Co-Leader, Breast Cancer Program, Abramson Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania

What Matters Most: Breathing in the NowKelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD
Saturday, April 6, 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.  

Coping with uncertainty is part of living with metastatic breast cancer. In our afternoon keynote session, explore tools and awareness practices that can help you clarify what matters most to you. In a safe, supportive and understanding space, learn how to process and cope with the hellos and goodbyes of living with mets, get tips on what it means to heal rather than to cure, and find out how to bring mindful intention to caring for your mind, your body and your spirit.

Questions and Answers with Kelly GrosklagsSaturday, April 6, 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD
Fellowship in Grief Counseling
Oncology Psychotherapist, Private Practice

Living Well: Managing Symptoms and Side EffectsBeth Popp, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Sunday, April 7, 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

It’s a challenge to live fully with metastatic breast cancer while managing the symptoms of the disease and the side effects of treatment. Palliative care focuses on relieving your pain, symptoms and stress and can be part of your care as soon as treatment begins. During our closing keynote, hear about the value of adding palliative care to your care plan and gain strategies to manage common side effects like insomnia and fatigue, hot flashes, pain, depression and anxiety, memory issues, neuropathy, sexual problems, loss of appetite and weight gain.

Questions and Answers with Dr. PoppSunday, April 7, 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Associate Professor, Palliative Medicine
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Breakout Sessions
Part One: Saturday, April 6, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

A. Medical Update: Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast CancerYuan Yuan, MD, PhD
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Medical Oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center

Triple-negative breast cancer is defined by the cancer’s lack of three receptors – estrogen, progesterone and HER2. Join this session to learn about research to find targets and develop new therapies, as well as the treatments in use today. Hear how you can impact change by taking part in clinical trials, and gain strategies to manage side effects and improve your quality of life.

B. Medical Update: Hormone Receptor-Positive Metastatic Breast CancerNeil Vasan, MD, PhD
Medical Oncologist
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancers test positive for estrogen (ER-positive) or progesterone (PR-positive) receptors , or both, and often respond to anti-estrogen therapies. This session will detail approved and pipeline hormonal therapies, targeted therapies and chemotherapy regimens that are used in metastatic disease, as well as ways to manage common side effects.

C. Medical Update: HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast CancerRebecca J. Jaslow, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology
Thomas Jefferson University

About 20 percent of breast cancers are HER2 positive, or test positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, or HER2. In this session, learn about the latest treatment options targeting HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer and hear about research in the pipeline. Discuss your concerns related to side effects of treatments and barriers to getting targeted medicine, as well as ways to overcome those barriers.

D. Food as Fuel: Eating for Optimal EnergyHeather Bell-Temin, MS, RDN, CSO, LDN, FAND
Oncology Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

Learn which foods can boost your immune system, increase energy and optimize nutritional gains. Explore strategies for adjusting your diet and lifestyle depending on your nutritional needs,  your treatment or its impact. Learn about calories – eating enough of them and getting the right kinds – choosing snacks and drinks wisely and how eating can give you the best fuel for exercise and activities you want to do.

E.  When Someone You Love Has Metastatic Breast CancerShirley Otis-Green, MSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Founder and Consultant
Collaborative Caring

A diagnosis of MBC affects not only the person who has been diagnosed but also the people who care and share in their lives. As a caregiver, fears for the future, juggling everyday matters and navigating communication are just a few of the challenges you 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.

Part Two: Saturday, April 6, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
F. Bone MetsCatherine H. Van Poznak, MD, FASCO
Medical Oncologist
University of Michigan

The bones are one of the most common places breast cancer spreads, and many people with MBC face bone mets at some point during treatment. Learn about your treatment options, and discover ways to limit side effects, manage bone pain and maintain bone strength. Understand screening tests and get updates on clinical trials looking at new treatments and improving your quality of life.

G. Take-Home Tools: Mindfulness MeditationLaura Cohen Romano, MSW
Einstein Healthcare Network
Director, Spiritual Care and Mindfulness

Join this workshop—part presentation, and part guided practice — to learn about mindfulness meditation and the benefits it can have for people living with ongoing disease. Discuss your challenges with calming your mind and body, and participate in our expert-led guided meditations to practice tuning in and finding stillness.

H. Newly Diagnosed: Learning From Those Who Have Been ThereModerator: Janine E. Guglielmino, MA
Panelists: Linda Carey, Janice Cowden, Margaret Kudirka, and Sheila Marie Johnson

Hear from others living with metastatic breast cancer who have been where you are – newly diagnosed and trying to find their bearings. Get reassurance and information on what lies ahead on matters like making treatment decisions, living fully, managing practical matters and navigating relationships. This panel will feature a diverse group of people living with MBC for three or more years and who volunteer their time with LBBC to support and enrich the lives of others.

I. Getting Engaged: Metastatic Breast Cancer Advocacy
Joanna L. Fawzy Morales, Esq.
CEO, Triage Cancer

Want to learn how to advocate for increased funding for metastatic breast cancer research? Have questions about our ever-changing health care system and how changes may impact people with metastatic breast cancer? Wondering how you can use your voice to protect access to health care coverage for people with cancer? This workshop will provide an overview of the latest health care system changes and give you some practical tools to become involved in advocacy at the national, state, and local levels.

J. Five Wishes: Making Your Wishes KnownKristy Case, LCSW, OSW-C
Oncology Social Worker
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center
Morristown Medical Center

Called the “living will with a heart and soul,” the Five Wishes document includes the legal aspects of a living will and choice of healthcare power of attorney while addressing comfort care and spirituality needs. In this session, explore the five sections of the document, learn how to make it legally binding, and get a free copy. Discuss your concerns about communicating your wishes to loved ones, and gain strategies to improve these conversations.

Part Three: Sunday, April 7, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m
K. Research Close-Up: The Effect of Physical Activity on Cancer Treatment and OutcomesLee W. Jones, PhD
Director, Exercise Oncology Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Learn about research into whether exercise can be used as a treatment for cancer. In Dr. Jones’s lab at Memorial Sloan Kettering, his team researches how exercise affects cancer growth or could affect the way the body responds to standard and new therapies. Find out how researchers use what they learn in the lab to design exercise clinical trials that test a certain dose of exercise in those most likely to benefit from it.

L. Take-Home Tools: Creative Coping and ExpressionStephanie McLeod-Estevez, LCPC
Art Therapist
Creative Transformations

As we know, cancer has an impact that stretches beyond the body to the mind, spirit and self. This hands-on session will help you explore and express your experience onto paper using basic art supplies. You will leave understanding why art is such a powerful tool for healing and you will walk away with practical suggestions for using creativity for coping. No experience or artistic talent required to benefit from this practice!

M. Liver and Lung Mets
Stephanie L. Graff, MD, FACP
Associate Director of Breast Cancer Research
Sarah Cannon Research Institute

Two places breast cancer can sometimes spread are the liver and the lungs. Learn about different ways to treat and manage breast cancer that has metastasized to the lungs or liver, 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.