University of Vermont

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



Conference Agenda

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.


Session One (9:00-9:50 AM)

1-1: “I Wish She Had Told Me…”: Perspectives on Sexuality and Intimacy After a Breast Cancer DiagnosisPNSW / Patti Johnson, RN, OCN, CBCN and Mary Nolan, RN, OCN / A diagnosis of Breast Cancer has a tremendous impact on all aspects of a person’s life. Sexuality and intimate relationships can be adversely affected by the diagnosis and ensuing treatment. This tender topic is often avoided by medical staff, the patient, and the partner. This presentation offers insight into partner perspectives on intimacy and communication after a breast cancer diagnosis, and suggestions on how to open communication and reclaim intimacy.


1-2: Predictors of Recurrence After a DCIS DiagnosisPNRT / 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.


1-3: Colorectal Cancer: Are You or a Loved One at Risk?RT / For both men and women, colorectal cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer. This session will provide you with an overview of the subject, ways to reduce your risk, and screening choices that are available to you.


1-4: Mammography in 3-D: Coming Soon to a Breast Center Near YouPNRT / Rebecca Zuurbier, MD / This talk will describe the evolving role of 3-D Tomosynthesis in breast cancer detection and diagnosis. The technology and technique will be described and the current research will be reviewed. Practical implications for the patient, radiologist and referring provider will be considered.


1-5: Palliative Care: Not Just Hospice!PNPTSW / Janet Ely, MSN, FNP, AOCNP, AHPCN and Mary Giancola, MSW, LICSW / Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. It focuses on improving quality of life by providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain and stress of disease. Care is provided by a team of providers, nurses, social workers and other specialties to 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, helps patients and families transition to end of life care.


1-6: Environmental Endocrine Disruptors and Their Impact on Weight, Metabolism, and CancerPNPTSW / Frances Carr, PhD, Karen Glass, PhD, and Janet Gray, PhD /In addition to altering risk for several cancers, including thyroid as well as breast cancers, common environmental toxins known as endocrine disruptors, have also been linked to the increased rate of obesity over the past several decades. This session will briefly explore how some of the environmental factors and estrogen-like chemicals (BPA) might affect metabolic function, weight regulation, and cancer incidence.


1-7: Recipe for Breast Health: Understanding How Diet and Weight Affect Prevention, Survivorship, and CaregivingN / Chef Curtiss Hemm /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 to sustainably transform one’s current practices. This session will encourage better breast health and overall wellness for prevention, survivorship and caregiving.


1-8: Cancer: Surviving and ThrivingNPTSW / Robin Edelman, MS, RD, CDE and Pam Farnham, RN / Using topics addressed in the Stanford program Cancer: Thriving and Surviving, this session will provide you with an overview and discussion of such topics as pain management, exercise, and emotional uncertainty. Participants will leave with a level of education and empowerment that can help them take steps toward successful behavior change.


1-9 I Helped Find a Cure: How Clinical Trials Change LivesPNPTRTSW / Claire Verschraegen, MD / Clinical trials are one of the most essential tools in finding new breakthroughs for cancer treatment. This panel will answer your questions about clinical trials and let you know how you can help find a cure.


1-10: PROVIDER TRACK: Lung Cancer Screening PNPTSW / George Gentchos, MD / This presentation will focus on the current and controversial issues regarding lung cancer screening with low dose CT scan. This will include review of data from the National Lung Cancer Screening trial, lung cancer statistics focusing on lung cancer in Vermont, lung cancer in women, and issues particular to lung cancer screening including concern for radiation risk, false positive exams, economic impact and the evolving insurance coverage for this examination. This session will also include information about the lung cancer screening process at UVM and its incorporation into a comprehensive
lung cancer program. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


1-11: Coffee Chats / Bring your coffee and enjoy a casual, small-group session in the Emerald III ballroom. Coffee chats available during this time slot will include:

  • A Survivor’s View of Cervical Cancer / Allison Hicks / This coffee chat will tell the story of the challenges faced by a young cancer survivor, including chronic pain, radiation damage to bones, surgically induced menopause, and other post-treatment issues that rarely get discussed. Survivor Allison Hicks will also discuss the Hicks Foundation, which seeks to increase awareness about HPV and its connection to cancer.
  • Mindfulness Tools / Roz Grossman, MA / What is mindfulness? How can it help benefit cancer recovery? This coffee chat will introduce simple mindfulness tools and discuss ways that you can use them to ease stress and anxiety and encourage calmness and wellbeing.
  • Reiki: What Is It and How Can Reiki Help Me? / Sandy Jefferis and Tracy Perrapato, DO / Reiki is a gentle treatment using light touch or no touch that promotes balance, well-being and stress reduction for all ages and levels of health. Sandy Jefferis of the Vermont Reiki Association will describe a typical Reiki session and answer questions regarding this practice.
  • Survivors Supporting Survivors: Kindred Connections in Vermont / Sherry Rhynard / Kindred Connections is a local program which offers support and encouragement to cancer survivors. This coffee chat will offer an overview of the program and how this peer support program can help you throughout your cancer journey.
  • Tools and Tips for Weight Management / Kimberly Evans, MS, RD / Weight management is something that many cancer patients and survivors struggle with. By maintaining a healthy weight and developing good nutritional habits, your risk and chance of recurrence can be greatly decreased. This coffee chat will provide you with some tools and tips to help maintain a healthy weight before, during, and after treatment.


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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