University of Vermont

The 18th Annual Women's Health and Breast Cancer Conference


Information for Nutritionists

Contact Us

Questions about this year's conference? Call (802) 656-2292.


Quick Facts
  • Please register for the conference by 8:00 am on October 3, 2014. Walk-ins are welcome after the registration deadline. However, space is limited and some sessions may be closed. Register early!
  • The conference will be held at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, Vermont.
  • The conference opens at 8:00 am with over 60 exhibits in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Sessions begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:05 pm.
  • The sessions and exhibits are free due to the generous support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, Front Porch Forum, and Seventh Generation.

Sessions that have been approved for Nutrition and Deitetics CPE credit are as follows:

Session One


1-5: Recipe for Breast Health: Understanding how Diet and Weight Affect Prevention, Survivorship, and Caregiving / Chef Curtiss Hemm and Jennifer May, RD, CD / Increasingly studies suggest that a healthy diet may help minimize the lifetime risk of breast cancer. This session will address current and trending thinking about the relationship between breast cancer, personal nourishment, the modern diet, contemporary food systems, and discuss how one might sustainably move transform their current practices. This session will encourage better breast health and overall wellness for preventions, survivorship and caregiving.


Session Two


2-1: Environment and Women’s Health / Frances Carr, PhDVCC and Janet Gray, PhD, Stephanie Kaza / The environmental choices you make can have a huge impact on your cancer risk and survivorship options. This session will explore some of those environmental factors and give you an idea of what decisions you can make to ensure a healthier lifestyle.


2-2: PHYSICIAN TRACK: The Continuum of Oncology Rehabilitation for Cancer Survivors / Kim Dittus, MD, PhDVCC / Cancer survivors often have specific needs when it comes to recovery and rehabilitation. We will discuss the unique rehabilitative needs of these survivors and how providers can help facilitate the road to recovery. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


2-4: Breast Cancer and Weight Gain / Jean Harvey, PhD, RDVCC / Weight gain is common in breast cancer patients after diagnosis. Unfortunately, survivors who are overweight are more likely to have their cancer recur than trimmer survivors. This workshop reviews why weight is likely to change during treatment and details activities you can do that have consistently been shown to reduce your risk of breast cancer, improve your odds of survival if you are diagnosed, and help prevent other illnesses.


2-5: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Panel Discussion / Rose Colletti, PhDVCC / Survivors living with Stage IV breast cancer will share stories and respond to various topics, including how they maintain HOPE and develop MEANING in the face of ongoing treatment. Audience questions and participation will be encouraged.


2-9: Integrative Therapies in Cancer Care: Expert Panel Discussion / Philip Trabulsy, MD and Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT / A lively presentation and discussion will be presented by a panel of experts in the field regarding the growing body of evidence surrounding the clinical value of supportive cancer care using the best evidence-informed therapies from the field of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. The evidence continues to grow with regards to the use of Integrative therapies for symptom management, pain management, rehabilitation, survivorship, health promotion and cancer prevention. The clinical panel of integrative practitioners will discuss their particular healing disciplines approach to support the cancer patient. This will include such topics as integrative nutrition, natural supplements, herbal treatments, acupuncture, oncologic massage therapy, and mind-body medicine.


Session Three


3-7: Ovarian Cancer Treatments / Elise Everett, MD / This session will discuss the treatments used to treat ovarian cancer at various stages, side effect management, and research for new therapies. An overview of surgical and medical interventions used.


3-11: Culinary Demonstration: Simple, Healthy, and Delicious / Chef Curtiss Hemm / If you are a breast cancer survivor, caregiver or simply looking to lessen your risk of breast cancer this presentation is for you. Increasingly studies indicate that a healthy diet can lessen a person's lifetime risk for several cancers, including breast cancer. This seminar will show that healthy eating and taking control of your diet does not have to be complicated, bland or boring. Chef Curtiss from Pink Ribbon Cooking will showcase several examples of simple and healthy cooking; proving just how easy a healthy diet can be to prepare.


Lunch Sessions


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Looking for Avoidable Causes of Breast Cancer: No Trivial Pursuit! / Tom Ahern, PhD, MPH / The premise of cause and effect drives epidemiologists, scientists that deal with incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases, in their hunt for avoidable causes of breast cancer. In this talk, Dr. Ahern will explain a theory which focuses current research efforts to find highly prevalent, yet avoidable, contributors in the development of breast cancer which, if mitigated, substantially reduce the burden of breast cancer in a population.


Session Four


4-1: Chemobrain / Owen Drudge, PhD, Julie Dumas, PhDVCC, Moira Mulligan, MS, CCC-SLP, and Patricia O’Brien, MDVCC / Women frequently comment that their memory declines during and after therapy for breast cancer. A panel of experts, including a cognitive expert, an oncologist, and a breast cancer survivor, discuss the science behind cognitive change and research efforts to increase our understanding of this condition.


4-3: Phthalates are Everywhere – But Do They Cause Breast Cancer? / Tom Ahern, PhD, MPHVCC / Phthalate compounds have made their way into a number of consumer products including food containers, children's toys, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Phthalates are suspected to disrupt hormonal pathways in our bodies, and have the potential to cause cancer. Dr. Thomas Ahern will discuss the pervasiveness of these compounds in our daily environment, summarize current evidence of the effect of phthalates on breast cancer occurrence, and introduce his new study, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which will thoroughly explore this topic in a population of women at risk for breast cancer.


4.8: Marijuana for Symptom Relief / Bridget Conry, Shayne Lynn, Jeffrey Wallin, and Lindsey Wells / What is my role as a provider? How do I become a registered patient? This session will focus on the process of registering with the Vermont Marijuana Registry and what happens after a patient is registered.

4-11: Culinary Demonstration / Join local chefs for a culinary demonstration outside G’s Restaurant. This demo will give you a chance to learn some nutritional recipes and techniques that you can apply to create fast, healthy, and delicious meals anywhere and anytime.

Session Five

5-3: Everyday Chemical Exposures and Breast Cancer: Why are We Concerned? What can We Do?NND / Janet Gray, PhD / Many common products we use in our everyday life contain chemicals, including endocrine disrupting compounds, which have been linked to increased risk for developing breast cancer (and many other diseases). We will look at some of the scientific evidence that raises concerns about these chemicals, and then talk about ways that we as individuals can decrease exposures. And we will talk very briefly about pending federal policy and market-based initiatives that, if implemented, would make our homes and environment safer.

5-5: Clinical Trials and You / Chris Holmes, MD, PhDVCC / Clinical trials are among the greatest weapons we have in fighting cancer. This panel discussion will explore the world of clinical trials, how they help find new treatments for cancer, and how you can become a part of this important process.

5-12 Culinary Demonstration / Join local chefs for a culinary demonstration outside G’s Restaurant. This demo will give you a chance to learn some nutritional recipes and techniques that you can apply to create fast, healthy, and delicious meals anywhere and anytime.

Session Six


6-3: Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence Associated with Carbohydrate Intake and Tissue Expression of IGF-1 Receptor / Jennifer Emond, MSc, PhD / There is growing interest in how carbohydrate content of the diet may impact prognosis among breast cancer survivors. The study presented in this session assessed the association between a change in carbohydrate intake within a few years of completing treatment on prognosis among postmenopausal breast cancer survivors, and tested the mediating effect of that association due to expression of the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) receptor in the primary breast tumor tissue.

6-5: Symptom Control During Chemotherapy / Jennifer May, RD, CD / This session will provide helpful hints for the management of common side effects of chemotherapy, including taste changes, nausea, and constipation. The goal of the presentation will be to help patients find strategies for optimal tolerance of treatment and preservation of quality of life. Additionally, focus will be placed on the maintenance of one’s nutritional status to ensure treatment can be continued uninterrupted, and aid in healing. Information will be presented through the collaboration of a dietitian and a panel of oncology nurses. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

6-10 Culinary Demonstration / Join local chefs for a culinary demonstration outside G’s Restaurant. This demo will give you a chance to learn some nutritional recipes and techniques that you can apply to create fast, healthy, and delicious meals anywhere and anytime.

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