Knowledge is power: Understanding Black breast cancer
Black people diagnosed with breast cancer face unique challenges throughout their diagnoses. Despite increased “breast cancer awareness” among the public, issues of systemic racism, access to high-quality care, genetic differences, and other factors have caused dramatic disparities: Death rates are 40 percent higher among Black women than white women.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer presents the Knowledge is power series to empower Black people diagnosed with breast cancer and their caregivers with the practical knowledge to get the best care possible, while learning how to advocate to shrink the significant health disparities that exist.
Through live educational and support sessions and video content, participants will gain a deeper understanding of breast cancer, the role of clinical trials, and how to identify and address implicit or explicit bias in your care. The sessions will address how to hold effective conversations with healthcare professionals and practical steps individuals can take to get the care they need and deserve.
The speakers in this series will include oncologists, social workers, advocates, and researchers. We also encourage people to watch a pre-recorded interview with Dr. Karen Winkfield, Dr. Zanetta Lamar, and Dr. Tiffany Avery of the 3 Black Docs podcast, where they share their advice for Black people newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
The live workshops take place on the following dates:
Thursday, Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Breaking down barriers: Getting the care you deserve
In this session, you will learn more about strategies that you can use to get the care you deserve as a Black person diagnosed with breast cancer. Our speakers will share how breast cancer is experienced differently by Black people due to structural racism, access to quality healthcare, comorbidities, and community access to supportive care and clinical trials.
Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Living Beyond: Early-stage Black breast cancer & me
This session will focus on early-stage Black breast cancer, from testing and subtypes through treatment options. The speaker will address side effects that are common for Black people and ways to manage them. We will share supportive programs and resources that can help you physically, emotionally, and spiritually navigate a breast cancer diagnosis, and will discuss the role of clinical trials in early-stage breast cancer care.
Speaker: Regina Hampton, MD, breast surgeon; Medical Director, Breast Center, Doctors Community Hospital
Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Living Beyond: Metastatic Black breast cancer & me
This session will focus on metastatic Black breast cancer, addressing treatment and testing options, research updates, and clinical trials available. We will review strategies for living with uncertainty and accessing the support you need through resources and programs to help you live well with metastatic breast cancer.
Speaker: Lori Wilson, MD, Associate Professor Howard University College of Medicine; Chief, Surgical Oncology
Saturday, Oct. 24, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Advocating for change in Black breast cancer care*
In this keynote session during Wellness & Wisdom: The Living Beyond Breast Cancer Conference, you will hear from a dynamic panel who 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 Jefferson University Hospital
Stephanie Walker, LBBC Hear My Voice Advocate
Monique Gary, DO, FACS, Medical Director, Cancer Program, Breast Surgeon at Grand View Health
Otis W. Brawley, MD, MACP, FASCO, FACE, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University
*We will email participants once conference registration is available.
Knowledge is power is designed to support the needs of Black members of our community, but is registration is open to allies and accomplices interested in learning more about the disparities that exist and how to advocate for change.
The series is presented in partnership with the Tigerlily Foundation and TOUCH, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance, and was developed in collaboration with LBBC’s Black Breast Cancer Advisory Council.
Jamil Rivers, Advisory Board Chair, LBBC Board of Directors and Founder of The Chrysalis Initiative
Ricki Fairley, TOUCH, The Black Breast Cancer Alliance
Monique Gary, DO, FACS, Grand View Health/Penn Medicine Network
Felicia Johnson, LBBC Board of Directors
Maimah Karmo, Tigerlily Foundation
Gina Range, LBBC Board of Directors
Crystal Thompson, LBBC Board of Directors
Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Jefferson Health
Stephanie Walker, LBBC Hear My Voice Volunteer
Roberta A Albany, LBBC 2020 Gala Honoree and Leadership Volunteer and Cancer In The Know
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