University of Vermont

The 19th Annual Women's Health and Cancer Conference



Conference Agenda


Session Two: 10:00-10:50 AM

1: Cancer Immunology: Research to Harness the Body’s Power in Fighting CancerPN
David Krag, MD*

How can the body’s immune system help to fight cancer? The field of immunology seeks to answer that question. This session will detail ongoing immunology research and provide insight as to how what happens in labs today can translate into treatments for tomorrow.


2: Sex After Cancer: Finding Your Sexuality and Intimacy After a DiagnosisPNSW

Allyson Bolduc, MD, Patricia Fontaine, MACP, and Allison Hicks

A cancer diagnosis of any type sends shockwaves through every aspect of a person’s life, including the areas of intimacy and sexuality. This session will offer insight into this rarely-discussed area and provide ways in which patients, loved ones, and providers can open communication and help a person reclaim their intimacy.


3: Cancer and Weight Gain: How a Healthy Weight Can Improve Your ChancesNSW

Jean Harvey, PhD, RD*

If you’ve gained weight since your cancer diagnosis, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, survivors who are overweight are more likely than trimmer survivors to have their cancer recur. This session will explain the whys and hows of weight gain during treatment and provide you with ways that you can improve your odds while helping to prevent other illnesses.


4: Genetic Counseling and Familial Cancer: Who is at Risk?PNRTSW

Laura Colello, MS, CGC

Knowing your risk of hereditary cancer can make a major difference in your life. This session will review the features of inherited cancers that impact women and explain who might be a candidate for referral for cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling, and genetic testing. This will include a discussion of what happens during a genetic counseling session and the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic testing.


5: PROVIDER TRACK: Talking to Your Patients About Family Planning After a Cancer DiagnosisPNSW

Jennifer Dundee, MD

Cancer can affect many things in a person’s life, including the ability to plan a family. Despite this, many patients overestimate their fertility and do not realize this issue might exist for them. This session will discuss the facts behind fertility and cancer and provide suggestions in discussing this topic with patients and their loved ones. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


6: Taking Early Action Against Ovarian Cancer: Screening Tests and RecommendationsPNPTRTSW

Cheung Wong, MD*

More than 22,000 women receive a diagnosis of ovarian cancer every year, but early detection can keep many of these cancers from becoming fatal. This session will examine the screening tests that are available for ovarian cancer. It will also provide a review about patient risk levels and when a patient and her physician should discuss screening.


7: How to Get Ready for Difficult ConversationsSW

Bernard Bandman, PhD and Celia Bandman

Most of us are not prepared to talk about prognosis, risks, and benefits of treatment options and quality of life considerations. This session, presented by Speak Sooner, will explore the difficult conversations that face patients and loved ones after a cancer diagnosis. It will discuss how patients can take the lead in opening honest conversations about medical, psychological, and spiritual issues that can influence decisions about care.


8: Touch, Caring, and Cancer: Safe Integrative Techniques for Cancer TreatmentPNPTSW

Catherine Cerulli, M Ed and Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT*

How can physical contact and gentle touch help relieve the symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment? This session will explore the Touch, Caring, and Cancer program at the University of Vermont Medical Center, which provides safe touch techniques for this exact goal. Participants will get an opportunity to see some of these techniques in practice during the session.


9: Cancer of the Head and Neck: Prevention, Survivorship, and Beyond (a panel discussion) PNRTSW

Lakshmi Boyle, MS, CCC-SLP, Clara Keegan, MD, and others

The head and neck can host many forms of cancer, and the more you know about them the more empowered you become. This session will discuss the common cancers of the head and neck, including their detection, prevention, and the challenges faced during and after treatment.


10: Exploring Mindfulness: Practices, Benefits and Scientific EvidenceNSW

Roz Grossman, MA* and Yujing Sun, PhD*

Meditation and mindfulness are two resources that can help patients during cancer recovery. This session will introduce mindfulness tools that ease stress and anxiety while encouraging calmness and well-being. It will also discuss the scientific evidence behind the effectiveness of mindfulness in cancer recovery. Attendees will be invited to join in some brief mindfulness exercises.


11a: COFFEE CHAT: Breast Lymphedema 101

Kristi Johnson, PT, CLT-LANA

What is lymphedema and how can you manage it? This chat will explore some lymphedema treatment options.


11b: COFFEE CHAT: Eating Healthy for the Fight Against Cancer

Jennifer May, RD

Good nutrition can lead to better survivorship of breast and other cancers. This chat will discuss some important nutrition tips that will help you.


11c: COFFEE CHAT: Medical Marijuana: Symptom Relief through Plant-based Medicine

Bridget Conry, BA and Shayne Lynn, BA

Representatives from Champlain Valley Dispensary will give an overview of the Vermont State Medical Marijuana for Symptom Relief Program including: how to engage with your health care provider, how to register as a patient, dispensary products - including non-euphoric CBD, home cultivation and more.


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