University of Vermont

The 19th Annual Women's Health and Cancer Conference



Conference Agenda


Session One: 9:00-9:50 AM


1: Don't Let Cancer Steal Your Joy: How to Live Well Each Day with CancerNSW
Ted James, MD, MS* and Julia Wick, MS, LCMHC

Living with cancer can be associated with stress and worry that persists long after diagnosis and treatment. These thoughts and feelings may eventually start to erode one’s quality of life. This workshop will outline approaches to optimize well-being in the setting of cancer, providing support for survivors and their families who are seeking a life of resilience and joy.


2: Environmental Factors and Cancer

Frances Carr, PhD*

How can being aware of your environment help protect you from cancer? This session will detail how awareness and known environmental risks can provide guidance on how to live a healthier life.


3: Your Diet, Your Health: The Role of Nutrition in Relationship to Breast CancerN

Chef Curtiss Hemm and Jennifer May, RD

The food you eat today might affect your health years down the road. This session will explore the link between diet and breast cancer. It will also provide helpful tips that can help you transform your lifestyle and reduce risk of cancer or recurrence.


4: Colorectal Cancer and You: Risk Factors, Screening, and SurvivorshipPNRTSW

Krista Evans, MD

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers encountered in both women and men. This session will provide an overview of the facts behind this disease, including information on how to manage risk and detect it in its early stages.


5: PROVIDER TRACK: HPV Vaccine: More than a Shot of Prevention! PNRTSW

Clara Keegan, MD

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. and forms of the virus can lead to numerous cancers in women AND men. This session will focus on the preventative impact the HPV vaccine can have across different cancers, including cervical and cancers of the head and neck, and present important information on how providers can make sure children and adults are protected against vaccine-preventable cancers caused by HPV. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


6: Survivorship for the Long Haul: How to Survive and Thrive After an Early-Life Cancer DiagnosisPPTSW

Jessica Heath, MD*

Cancer doesn’t strike adults alone. For children and adolescents who have experienced a cancer diagnosis at an early age, there can be consequences they have to deal with for the rest of their lives. This session will discuss the unique issues facing long-term survivors – those who have many years to live despite their cancer diagnosis. It will increase awareness of potential health concerns later in life and show you how a person can thrive beyond an early diagnosis.


7: Humor to Cope, Humor to Heal: How Laughter Helps Fight CancerSW

Pat McKittrick, RN

People often say laughter is the best medicine, but what does that really mean? This session will highlight the importance of humor in life and throughout the cancer journey. It will detail strategies that can help you find time to laugh and how they can help improve your overall health.


8: Immunotherapies: The Impact of Clinical TrialsPNRTSW

Claire Verschraegen, MD*

This session will provide background and insights into the process of clinical trials research with the development of immunotherapy as a centerpiece. Come to learn how patients and researchers are working together to change the landscape of cancer treatment.


9: The Sun, Skin, and Health: How to Defend Against Skin CancerPNSW

Christine Weinberger, MD*

Skin cancer is not just a summertime threat – it is something that the people of Vermont and New Hampshire face at a higher frequency than elsewhere in the country. This session will detail the danger of skin cancer, what to look for in skin chances, and treatment of this disease.


10: Patient Navigation in Cancer Care: From Diagnosis to TreatmentPNPTRTSW

Nicole Messier, RN, BSN, OCN

When a patient receives a cancer diagnosis, the navigation process begins. From diagnosis to treatment and beyond, patients are guided by a navigator along this difficult path. This session will detail the role of patient navigators, why they are important, and how their role has evolved in recent years.


11: Yoga for Health and Wellbeing

Deb Malgeri and Jill Mason

Start your day off with a yoga session! Presented by instructors from the Survivorship NOW program, this session will assist you in finding balance through the elements. It will present a variety of yoga exercises and give you a moment to appreciate what your body has experienced. Please bring your own yoga mat or towel to this session.


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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