Vermont Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Conference
Questions about this year's conference? Call 802-656-2292.
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 4:20 pm
The sessions and exhibits are free due to the generous support of The Vermont/New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, Ladies First (VT Department of Health), and Front Porch Forum.
Nursing Contract Hours
Social Worker Credit
Radiologic Technician Credit
Nutrition & Dietetics Credit
Physical Therapy Credit
Please note that the agenda is subject to change.
1-1 Adjuvant Therapy / Paul Unger, MD / 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.
1-2 PHYSICIAN TRACK: Cardiac Disease and Breast Cancer / Susan G. Lakoski, MD / Patients treated 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. Radiation therapy, cancer related drugs, and underlying metabolic factors may also link the two diseases. 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.
1-3 Sex After A Cancer Diagnosis? Moisturizers, Lubricants & Toys? Oh My! / Elli Collins, RN, MS, CBCN, AOCNS and Patti Johnson, RN, OCN, CBCN / This will be a patient-focused presentation with a wealth of information for nurses. Actual patient scenarios will address body image, intimacy, dealing with short and long-term treatment effects, and more. There will be frank discussion of issues related to sexuality with time for questions. “Pandora’s Box,” a treasure trove of resources and enhancement devices, will be explored.
1-4 Ovarian Cancer Treatment / Cheung Wong, MD / In the past 20 years, treatment options for women with ovarian cancer has changed. This talk will review some of the new treatment options for ovarian cancer and other gynecologic malignancies.
1-5 Your Survivor Documents as a Communications Tool for your Primary Care Provider / Kim Dittus, MD, PhD and Penny Gibson, PA / We will describe and discuss the use of cancer survivor transition plans to help patients and health care providers work together to deliver the best care. We will hear from an oncologist, a physician’s assistant in oncology, a primary care provider, and a breast cancer survivor about the benefits and problems with developing and using cancer survivor transition plans. We expect lively discussion with the audience.
1-6 What is a Palliative Care Visit? / Ursula McVeigh, MD / Cancer Care is a team effort. Often an oncologist will ask a palliative care specialist to see someone that is having a problem getting good control of a symptom. This workshop is designed for patients and family members, so that they can understand what a palliative care specialist is, and what types of help they can offer, and what to expect when you have a visit with this member of the team. This will be an informal discussion of types of services the palliative care team can help set up. Come with your questions – this workshop is designed to meet your need for information.
1-7 Komen for the Cure Grant Workshop / Wendy Gawlik / This session will discuss the various cancerrelated grants sponsored by the Vermont-New Hampshire affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and how you can take part in the grant process to join the fight against breast cancer.
1-8 Predictors of Recurrence After a DCIS Diagnosis / Brian Sprague, PhD / This session will discuss the basic biology of DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ, the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer) and the magnitude of this diagnosis as a public health problem; the typical disease-free survival rates for DCIS, including the average time from diagnosis to an invasive breast cancer diagnosis; and predictors of disease-free survival, including factors related to the patient, her treatments, and the characteristics of the DCIS diagnosis.
1-9 Touch, Caring & Cancer: Simple Instruction for Family and Friends / Catherine Cerulli, MEd and Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT / The Touch, Caring, and Cancer (TCC) program used in cancer centers, hospices, hospitals, and homes across the United States and has been found to support improved quality of life for cancer patients and their caregivers. This workshop will provide patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals with simple, effective techniques such as massage, acupressure, mindfulness, and aromatherapy.
1-10 Promise Amid Vulnerability: Wellbeing After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis / Ellen Curri, MSW and Kimberly Maynard, RN, BSN, OCN / A cancer diagnosis can leave you feeling vulnerable and alone. This session will discuss how you can attend to your personal wellbeing and how you can find hope in that vulnerable time.
1-11 Look Good…Feel Better / Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this session will provide makeovers to those going through treatment, giving them more hope and confidence. For patients currently receiving treatment. This is a double-length session that runs from 9:00-10:50 AM.
1-12 COFFEE CHAT / Bring your coffee and enjoy a casual session in the Emerald III ballroom. Chats currently available in this time slot include:
- We Can Prevent Cancer: The Value of Community Engagement / Rebecca Singer, RN, ND / Grounds for Health is an international non-governmental organization with over 15 years of experience in cervical cancer prevention programs in coffee producing regions that uses an innovative model that includes community engagement and training of health care workers in order to ensure that barriers to preventive care are reduced. This chat will discuss how community engagement is the key to creating sustainable cervical cancer prevention programs and what you can do to help.
- Unbridling the Past: How Horses Guide us Along the Healing Path / Janis Cooper / Horses present amazing gifts along the journey of self-discovery, offering a fresh view of ourselves in ways that help create positive and lasting influence in the way we think, feel, behave and relate to others. During this coffee chat, you’ll learn how Equine Coaches can assist in your healing path - without ever mounting a horse. We’ll also share the “magic” of horses through stories of real-life transformations. This session offered by Janis Cooper of EQnimity together with The Center of America’s First Horse.
- Reducing Toxic Exposure by Reforming Toxic Policies / Lauren Hierl / Join a discussion about what’s happening in Vermont to get toxic chemicals out of products we all use every day. Scientific evidence is mounting linking toxic chemicals to cancers, developmental disabilities, reproductive problems and more. Vermont has succeeded in restricting individual toxins, but it’s time for tougher, proactive regulations to better protect Vermonters from harmful chemicals – stop by to learn more, and see how you can help.
- We Are More Than Our Diagnosis: The Importance of Treating the Whole Person / Brendan Kelly, MAc, LAc / Even with a significant diagnosis such as cancer, Chinese medicine emphasizes the importance of doing more than treating a specific condition. We'll discuss how treating the whole person in body, mind and spirit helps to treat sickness, prevent disease and promote health.
- Nia: Healing for the Body, Mind, and Spirit / Alison Lockwood / Nia is a scientifically based gentle fitness practice that draws from the wisdom of dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts, and which inspires self-discovery, self-expression, and self-healing in the four realms (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual). Nia is danced barefoot to beautiful, soul-stirring music with original choreography. Come meet several area Nia teachers and see if Nia might be just what you've been searching for!
1-13 CULINARY DEMONSTRATION / Jim Birmingham / Join Jim Birmingham from the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) for a culinary demo in the Exhibits Hall! This demo will provide a useful nutritional recipe and learning techniques that can help you or your patients live a healthy lifestyle.
The University of Vermont College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Credit approval is also pending for Social Worker credit and Nutrition and Dietetics CPE Credit. Application will be made for ASRT credit approval.
This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 5.5 Nursing Contact Hours.*
*The University of Vermont Continuing Medical Education (VSNA Provider #: 10-10-009PR, 02/1/14) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Vermont State Nurses Association, Inc. Committee on Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Cost of physician credit (up to 5.5 credits) - $40
Cost of all other health care professional credit (up to 5.5 credits) - $20
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