University of Vermont

Vermont Cancer Center's 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference



Conference Agenda

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.


Session One

1-1: Sex After a Cancer Diagnosis: Has Anyone Seen My Libido?NSW / Patti Johnson, RN, OCN, CBCN and Mary Nolan, RN, OCN / This will be a patient-focused presentation with a wealth of information for nurses, regarding body image, intimacy, and dealing with short and long-term effects of cancer treatment. There will be a 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. Oncology RN and Breast Cancer Survivor Mary Nolan will share her personal experiences in overcoming the emotional and physical effects of cancer treatment as related to sexuality.


1-2: PHYSICIAN TRACK: Breast Cancer and Bone: Novel Biomarkers and TreatmentsPNPTRT / 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.


1-3: Kinesio Tape Management of Trunk, Breast, and Arm LymphedemaPNPT / Julia Child, PT, CLT-LANA / This session will discuss the benefits of kinesio tape in the management of chronic and acute lymphedema. Lymphedema causes a decrease in the space between skin and muscle, resulting in constriction of lymphatic flow and pressure on sensory receptors which can cause pain and numbness. Kinesio tape applied to skin can improve lymphatic flow, resulting in a decrease in edema and discomfort associated with lymphedema.


1-4: Predictors of Recurrence After a DCIS DiagnosisPN / Brian Sprague, PhDVCC / 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.


1-5: Recipe for Breast Health: Understanding how Diet and Weight Affect Prevention, Survivorship, and CaregivingND / 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.


1-6: Adjuvant TherapyPNRT / 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.


1-7: Integration of Palliative Care into Cancer CarePNSW / Mary Giancola, MSW, LICSW and Usrula McVeigh, MD / Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness focused on improving quality of life through relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of a serious illness. Care is provided by a team of caregivers who wholly support and care for the patient and family. Integrating palliative care into cancer care is appropriate for any cancer diagnosis and provides an extra layer of support from the time of initial diagnosis, through active treatment and, when needed, helping patients and families transition to end of life care.


1-8: Touch, Caring & Cancer: Simple Instruction for Family and FriendsNSWPT / Catherine Cerulli, M Ed 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 health care professionals with simple, effective techniques such as massage, acupressure, mindfulness, and aromatherapy.


1-9 Changing Paradigms of Cancer Treatment: Can Peripheral Blood be a Surrogate for Tumor Biopsy to Identify Treatment Targets in Patients with Advanced Breast Cancer?PN / Mary Chamberlin, MD / Tumor biopsy can be an invasive process, but it is often deemed necessary to identify treatment for advanced breast cancer patients. But is there another way? This session will explore the use of peripheral blood as an alternative way to identify new treatment targets .


1-10: Lymph Node Transplant: A Case StudyPNPT / Justine Dee, PT, MS, OCS / A lymph node transplant involves moving lymph nodes from one area of the body to another in order to help patients affected by lymphedema. This session will present the case of a patient with breast cancer related lymphedema who underwent this procedure.


1-11: Yoga for Living with Cancer / Susan Marx / This gentle yoga class begins with warm-up movements and breath awareness to prepare for yoga postures. The heart of the class is a sequence of postures that stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. The class ends with deep relaxation and calming breath work. This session will help you wherever you are, whatever your treatment stage or yoga experience. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel to this session.


1-12: Look Good...Feel Better / Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this is a double-length session that will provide makeovers to current cancer patients, giving them more hope and confidence. FOR CURRENT CANCER PATIENTS ONLY. This is a double-length session that runs from 9:00-10:50 AM.


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