Living with mets in the time of COVID-19
As numbers of COVID-19 cases rose in the U.S. and around the world, it was clear that certain populations, like people living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), are facing unique challenges and concerns. Living Beyond Breast Cancer is here to support you through this increasingly difficult time.
This program featured expert oncologist, Reshma Mahtani, DO and Gregory D. Garber MSW, LCSW. Dr. Mahtani addressed what you should know about MBC and COVID-19 and answered questions from individuals with metastatic breast cancer.
This program also included a discussion featuring Nunny Reece and Janice Cowden, two advocates living with metastatic breast cancer. The panel addressed important topics related to MBC and COVID-19, as well as ways people living with metastatic breast cancer can reduce their sense of isolation in today’s times and beyond.
About Our Experts:
Reshma L. Mahtani, DO is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Deerfield Beach, FL. She is a medical oncologist and her practice is limited to breast cancer. Read more.
Gregory D. Garber MSW, LCSW, is director of Oncology Support Services at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. With more than 20 years of experience as an oncology social worker, Mr. Garber has worked extensively with people diagnosed with cancer as well as their families, helping them better the quality of their lives before, during and following treatment. Read more.
Janice Cowden, 62, is a retired nurse living in Bradenton, Florida, with her husband of more than 40 years. She’s a mother of two and a grandmother of grandmother. In 2011, she was diagnosed with stage I triple-negative breast cancer, followed by a metastatic recurrence in 2016. She’s been living with no evidence of disease for over 3 years. She participated in Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Hear My Voice outreach advocacy program in April 2017, then again as a graduate alumna in April 2018. Her advocacy goals include increasing awareness, education, and funding for research for the metastatic breast cancer community.
Nunny Keyla Reece was diagnosed in 2017 with hormone receptor-positive, HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. The lack of knowledge in the community regarding metastatic breast cancer was unacceptable to Nunny and she quickly became active in advocacy. In 2018, she was trained as a Young Advocate for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, in 2019 she became an Advocate for the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle, and in 2020 she became an Angel Advocate with the Tigerlily Foundation. Nunny recently had to give up her career as a certified medical assistant after a progression to the brain, but it remains vital to her to turn a negative into a positive and talk about what it is like living with MBC by sharing her story and speaking her truth.
Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s chief executive officer, joined the organization in 1996 and under her leadership LBBC has grown into a nationally known resource for information and understanding for women, men and families affected by breast cancer. Read more.
Due to the global pandemic we unfortunately had to move our 2020 Conference on Metastatic Breast Cancer: Thriving Together from an in-person conference to a virtual one. We're offering this program as way to gather and share in the meantime. The virtual 2020 Conference on Metastatic Breast Cancer will be held June 13 and 14. Stay tuned for more information.