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 Two (10:00-10:50 AM)


2-1: Genetic Counseling and Testing for Inherited Cancer RiskPNRTSW / Wendy McKinnon, MS, CGC / This session will review the features of inherited cancers that impact women (breast, ovarian and endometrial) and explain who might be a candidate for referral for cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and possibly genetic testing. This talk will review what happens during a genetic counseling session, as well as review the risks, benefits and limitations of undergoing genetic testing for cancer risk.


2-2: Women's Health and the Environment: Opportunities to Enhance Well-Being / Christine Vatovec, PhD / The natural and built environments where we live, work, and play can both promote and deter our health. This session will provide a broad overview of the range of environmental factors that influence human health, and will focus specifically on opportunities for promoting well-being through healthy environments.


2-3: Exploring Supports for the CaregiverNSW / Kathy McBeth, MA / What are the plights that caregivers face when taking care of somebody who is suffering through cancer? This session will discuss some of the tough conversations and difficult choices that caregivers and patients face, as well as some ways to find guidance through those tough times.


2-4: Therapeutic Targeting of Anti-Estrogen-Resistant ER+ Breast CancerPNPTRT/ Todd Miller, PhD / Patients with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer are often treated with anti-estrogen therapy. This session will discuss knowledge gained from breast cancer cells and animal models, which is being actively translated into early-phase clinical trials to develop more effective strategies to prevent cancer recurrence and manage disease.


2-5: Ovarian Cancer ScreeningPNPTRT / Elise Everett, MD /The recommendations for ovarian cancer screening can vary depending on your risk factors and medical history. This session will provide a better understanding of the data behind these and help you make choices that are right for you.


2-6: What's Density Got to Do With It? Breast Density and How it Affects Screening for You and Your PatientsPNRT / Sally Herschorn, MD / Having dense breasts is the number one reason cancers are missed on mammograms. Up to 50% of women have dense breasts. Breast density is also a risk factor for breast cancer. If you have dense breasts you belong to a very big club. This talk will explain what breast density means for the patient and her provider and the options available to improve screening.


2-7: Integrative Care for Cancer Patients / Amy Littlefield, LAc / This session will help patients navigate the field of integrative medicine. Topics will include the clinical value of supportive cancer care, symptom management, rehabilitation, survivorship, and more.


2-8: Patient Navigation and Resources for the Cancer PatientPNPTRTSW / Susan Bouffard, RN / Patient navigation is becoming more and more common and will soon be an essential part of cancer care. This session is targeted toward those who are interested in the navigation process and how navigation can help patients facing a cancer diagnosis.


2-9: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Cancer: A Shot at PreventionPNSW / Maura Barry, MD / Studies have pinpointed a strong link between HPV and certain types of cancer. This session will describe that link in detail and provide you with information that you need to know about how preventing HPV can also help decrease your cancer risk.


2-10: PROVIDER TRACK: A Continuum of Care for Cancer SurvivorsPNPTSW / Patti O'Brien, MD /There are nearly 40,000 cancer survivors in Vermont alone, and that number will increase in coming years. Survivors have unique medical needs including addressing side effects from treatment, ongoing screening and surveillance, genetic testing/counseling needs, psycho-social needs—to name a few. In addition, the needs of newly diagnosed women may be very different than those of women treated many years ago. In the context of Survivor Care Plans, we will discuss coordinated care that addresses specific survivor needs as they transition out of specialty care, and as they progress through survivorship with their primary care provider. National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines will be reviewed. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


2-11 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.


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