Vermont Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Conference
Questions about this year's conference? Call 802-656-2292.
The conference will be held at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel & Conference Center in South Burlington, Vermont
The conference opens at 8:00 am with over 60 exhibits in the Exhibit Hall
Sessions begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:20 pm
The sessions and exhibits are free due to the generous support of The Vermont/New Hampshire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, Ladies First (VT Department of Health), and Front Porch Forum.
Nursing Contract Hours
Social Worker Credit
Radiologic Technician Credit
Nutrition & Dietetics Credit
Physical Therapy Credit
Please note that the agenda is subject to change.
2-1 Breast Cancer and Weight Gain / Jean Harvey-Berino, PhD, RD / Weight gain is common in breast cancer patients after diagnosis. Unfortunately, survivors who are overweight are more likely to have their cancer recur than trimmer survivors. This workshop reviews why weight is likely to change during treatment and details activities you can do that have consistently been shown to reduce your risk of breast cancer, improve your odds of survival if you are diagnosed, and help prevent other illnesses.
2-2 PHYSICIAN TRACK: Prevention and Treatment of Side Effects from Aromatase Inhibitors / Joanna Schwartz, PharmD / This talk will briefly review the information about aromatase inhibitors, their role in helping breast cancer patients, and what a patient taking these drugs might experience. Treatment is individualized based on tumor type/stage, the age of the patient, and other diseases the person might have. Some aromatase inhibitors can have more predictable side effects. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other healthcare professionals.
2-3 Cancer Epidemiology 101: What Does Cancer Data Really Mean? / Marieke Jackson, MPH and Jennifer Kachajian, MA, MPH / This session will provide an overview of how data is used to study cancer in populations. The presentation will focus on defining and explaining population-level disease statistics. Rates, ratios, and statistical logic will be described and discussed. By the end of this presentation, participants should be able to understand how data is collected and analyzed, learn basic epidemiological concepts related to cancer, and apply knowledge when presented with different types of cancer data.
2-4 Researching the Cure: A Personalized Approach / David Krag, MD / World-renowned cancer researcher David Krag, MD, has devoted his career to developing efficient and effective ways to
battle the deadly disease, including pioneering the “radiotracer” sentinel node biopsy procedure that has become standard of care. His latest work at the Vermont Cancer Center involves the development of targeted therapies, a personalized approach to breast cancer treatment that uses the body’s own immune system to fight the disease. In this session, Dr. Krag will review this exciting research and what lies ahead in the development of safe and effective customized therapies for cancer patients.
2-5 The Many Faces of Metastatic Disease / Rose Colletti, PhD / Survivors living with Stage IV Breast Cancer will share their stories, including how they maintain HOPE and develop MEANING in the
face of ongoing treatment when cure is not an option.
2-6 Genetic Counseling and Testing / Wendy McKinnon, MS / This session reviews the features of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and explains who might be a candidate for referral for genetic counseling and, possibly, genetic testing. The talk will review what happens during a genetic counseling session and discuss the risks, benefits, and limitations of undergoing genetic testing for cancer risk.
2-7 Ovarian Cancer Screening / Elise Everett, MD and Rob Luebbers, MD / This panel discussion will review recent changes regarding ovarian cancer screening, the risks and benefits of various techniques, and other important information about screening for ovarian cancer.
2- 8 Breast/Ovarian Health 101 / Tina D’Amato, DO, Angela Smith, and Erica Zimmer / An interactive workshop designed to help young women understand what these cancers are, your lifetime risk, and how to be proactive with your health. Learn about risk reduction and early detection, and how to be in control of your breast and ovarian health. The session includes a medical professional’s presentation and the perspectives of high risk women.
2-9 Paddle Your Way to Recovery and Feel Alive! / Linda Dyer / Come learn about our unique support group where the focus is on living, not on the disease. We are Dragonheart Vermont. Together, we breast cancer survivors have taken on this challenging paddle sport while learning the true meaning of teamwork. The Dragonheart Vermont Sisters paddle together on Lake Champlain and raced around the world together. We are paddling our way to wellness and loving every moment! No age limit or athletic experience is necessary.
2-10 Chemobrain / Kim Dittus, MD, PhD, Owen Drudge, PhD, Julie Dumas, PhD, and Patti O’Brien, MD / Women frequently comment that their memory declines during and after therapy for breast cancer. A panel of experts, including a cognitive expert, an oncologist, and a breast cancer survivor, discuss the science behind cognitive change and research efforts to increase our understanding of this condition.
2-11 COFFEE CHATS / Bring your coffee and enjoy a casual session in the Emerald III ballroom. Coffee chats currently available in this time slot include:
- Integrative Medicine in Oncology Care: Applying the Model of Integrative Oncology to Community Based Oncology Practices / Matthew Perchemlides, ND, FABNO, MSN, BSN / During this morning session chat with Dr. Perchemlides, an integrative medicine specialist and Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology, we will discuss the integrative oncology model he participated in at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and which he has adapted for local and community based practices. We will discuss what integrative oncology is, who the physicians involved in the integrative model are, why the fastest growing cancer center in the country is employing physicians who specialize in natural medicine and we will go into the benefits and perceived risks of integrative medicine in oncology. We will conclude with consideration of the question, what are the advantages of implementing integrative medicine in local cancer centers and community based practices?
- Massage for Cancer Survivors: What to Know and What to Ask to Get a Safe, Wonderful Massage / Charlotte Phillips / Massage is a great tool for reconnecting to your body after a cancer diagnosis. Learn more about what questions to ask your massage therapist to make sure you're getting a safe massage that meets your goals of relaxation, ease of movement, addressing scar tissue, decreasing swelling, or reconnecting with your body.
- Chin Up: The Four Critical Issues that Challenge Caregivers / Deborah Cornwall / This interactive session will explore the four key issues—control, hope, isolation, and normalcy—that face every caregiver and will share ways in which effective caregivers managed them.
- Light, Darkness, and Color in Painting Therapy / Martha Loving / Working with Universal Principles in Nature brings us into balance and harmony. Warmth of Soul and warmth in the physical body is paramount to healing and recovery from cancer and other debilitating diseases. Ms. Loving will give a brief demo.
- Komen for the Cure Grant Workshop / Wendy Gawlik / This session will discuss the various cancerrelated grants sponsored by the Vermont-New Hampshire affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and how you can take part in the grant process to join the fight against breast cancer.
2-12 CULINARY DEMONSTRATION / Abbey Duke / Join Abbey Duke, owner of Sugar Snap, for a culinary demonstration in the Exhibit Hall! This demo will provide a useful nutritional recipe and learning techniques that can help you or your patients live a healthy lifestyle.
2-13 Fly Casting with Casting for Recovery / Sheila Reid / Casting for Recovery is a national nonprofit support and educational program offering free fly fishing retreats to women who have or have had breast cancer. CFR provides weekend retreats, including lodging, meals, support and fly fishing instruction. Join us for one of our free casting demonstrations and a chance to try it for yourself!
The University of Vermont College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Credit approval is also pending for Social Worker credit and Nutrition and Dietetics CPE Credit. Application will be made for ASRT credit approval.
This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 5.5 Nursing Contact Hours.*
*The University of Vermont Continuing Medical Education (VSNA Provider #: 10-10-009PR, 02/1/14) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Vermont State Nurses Association, Inc. Committee on Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Cost of physician credit (up to 5.5 credits) - $40
Cost of all other health care professional credit (up to 5.5 credits) - $20
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