University of Vermont

Vermont Cancer Center's 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference


Information for Radiologic Technologists

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


Quick Facts
  • Please register for the conference by 8:00 am on October 4, 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.

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists has approved the 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference for up to 7 Category A CE Credit.

Sessions that have been approved for Radiologic Technologist CE Credit are as follows.

Session One


1-2: PHYSICIAN TRACK: Breast Cancer and Bone: Novel Biomarkers and Treatments / Jane Lian, PhDVCC and Marie Wood, MDVCC / This session will explore the biology behind cancer metastases to bone. Additionally, we will look at what factors influence the spread of cancer to bone and what providers can do to help prevent and treat bone metastais. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


1-6: Adjuvant Therapy / Paul Unger, MDVCC / This talk will cover the basic concept of giving treatments in addition to surgery for breast cancer patients. It will discuss the role of chemotherapy, hormonal, and immunological treatments for early stage breast cancer.


Session Two


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.


2-7: Ovarian Cancer Screening and Prevention / Elise Everett, MD / This session will discuss the various methods used to screen for ovarian cancer, symptoms of the disease, and prophylactic removal of the ovaries for women at high risk for disease.


2-8: Genetic Counseling and Testing / Wendy McKinnon, MSVCC / This session reviews the features of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and explains who might be a candidate for referral for genetic counseling and, possibly, genetic testing. The talk will review what happens during a genetic counseling session and discuss the risks, benefits, and limitations of undergoing genetic testing for cancer risk.


Session Three


3-1: Screening: When, How Often, and Why? / Tracy Dolan, Sally Herschorn, MDVCC, Benjamin Littenberg, MD, Donal Weaver, MDVCC, and Marie Wood, MDVCC / Screening guidelines change from state to state and from person to person, but what does that mean for you? This panel will discuss the multiple screening guidelines out there, explain why recommendations differ, and help you figure out how to make the choice that is best for you.


3-2: PHYSICIAN TRACK: Cancer and Venous Thrombosis: Risk Factors, Treatment, and Prevention / Neil Zakai, MDVCC / Venous thrombosis is a common complication of malignancy which affects both the quality and the quantity of life. It is important to understand the risk factors for cancer-associated thrombosis, the appropriate treatment, and novel prevention strategies in order to provide the highest quality care. In this session, we will discuss the risk factors and treatments for cancer-associated thrombosis and novel prevention strategies. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


3-5: What to Expect When you Get Called Back from your Routine Screening Mammogram / Elise Hotaling, MD / Approximately 10% of patients undergoing a screening mammogram are called back to further evaluate a finding seen on the initial images. Such findings may include calcifications, densities, and masses, any one of which may be a sign of benign or malignant disease. This presentation discusses the tools breast imagers use to complete this additional evaluation and what you can expect as a result.


3-6: Brighten Up: Bright Pink’s™ Educational Workshop on Breast and Ovarian Health / Betsey Wesson / The Brighten Up Educational Workshop is a signature program that educates and inspires young women to be proactive advocates for their health. Facilitated by a certified Bright Pink Ambassador, these sessions ground participants in the basics of breast and ovarian health, introduce them to early detection techniques, and equip them with life-saving knowledge. Immediately following the workshop, participants receive access to tools that can help them calculate their personal level of cancer risk, develop an action plan in partnership with their doctor, and monitor for symptoms and signs of cancer.


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.


3-8: Genetic Testing and Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Patient Perspectives / Wendy McKinnon, MS / This panel discussion includes several individuals who have undergone genetic counseling and testing for the BRCA1/BRCA2 genes. These two genes are associated with the majority of inherited breast and ovarian cancers. There will be a variety of results and a range of perspectives on the testing process. Anyone interested in learning more about the BRCA1/BRCA2 counseling and testing process is encouraged to attend.


Lunch Sessions


L-2 PHYSICIAN TRACK: Cardiac Disease and Breast Cancer / Susan G. Lakoski, MD / Treatment for breast cancer may have increased risk factors for heart disease, and care providers need to understand these risk factors and integrate them into the standard risk factors such as obesity, lipid profile, smoking, DM, and inactivity. This talk is geared for the care provider that needs to screen breast cancer survivors for heart disease. Testing guidelines, symptom management and interventions will be discussed. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other healthcare professionals.


Session Four


4-5: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment / Kim Dittus, MD, PhDVCC, Maureen Harmon, MD, Deborah Rubin, MD, Mary Stanley, MDVCC, and Erin Tsai, MD / Current breast cancer care involves the coordination of multiple medical disciplines: surgery, pathology, radiology, and specialists in chemotherapy and radiation treatment. In this session you will sit in on a reenactment of a weekly breast cancer case conference where specialists review clinical, radiologic, and pathologic findings of patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer and discuss the best approaches to treatment.


Session Five

5-4: Management of the Axilla in 2014: Can the Past Guide the Future? / Kari Rosenkranz, MD / The role of axillary surgery in the management of breast cancer has been a constantly evolving thing over the years. This session will explore the history of this procedure and discuss what the past can tell us about the future of treatment.

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.

5-7: What to do When you Find a Breast Lump / Ted James, MDVCC / This session is geared for anyone who wants to understand the nature of breast lumps and what to do when you find one. The talk will review the various causes of breast lumps and walk participants through the diagnostic process for evaluating a new breast lump. Recommendations to ensure timely, safe and high-quality care will be discussed.

5-8: What’s New in Breast Cancer Reconstruction? / Robert Nesbit, MD / In this session, we will focus on newer techniques for reconstruction after breast cancer surgery. Some of the techniques discussed may include oncoplastic surgery after lumpectomy, nipple sparing mastectomy, and new technologies that may improve reconstructive outcomes.

Session Six


6-1: Oncology Rehabilitation – Steps to Wellness / Kim Dittus, MD, PhDVCC, Kristie Grover, PhD, Rebecca Reynolds, BS, Diane Stevens, PT / Steps to Wellness is a comprehensive Oncology Rehab program, the program will be presented by the team that provides this care. It is also a research Program and Dr. Dittus will be discussing the findings of this research, the implications will be discussed. Persons interested in joining the program will fine the overview helpful, and professionals who want to build a team in their facility will learn gain an understanding of the team development. Fitness is very important, how a structured exercise program can improve health after cancer treatment will be presented.

6-4: What’s New in Radiation Oncology / Rick Lovett, MDVCC / This session discusses the principles of radiation and how tissue sparing is accomplished, the new advances in radiation treatments, and how individualized radiation treatments are designed.

6-7 Breast Lymphedema / Kristi Johnson, PT, LANA / This session will cover the myths and mysteries of lymphedema specifically related to breast edema. Learning objectives are to obtain a basic understanding of: the lymphatic system, breast related lymphedema, risks and precautions, as well as some treatment options.

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