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


2-1: Environment and Women’s HealthNND / Frances Carr, PhDVCC, Janet Gray, PhD, and Stephanie Kaza, PhD / The environmental choices you make can have a huge impact on your cancer risk and survivorship options. This session will explore some of those environmental factors and give you an idea of what decisions you can make to ensure a healthier lifestyle.


2-2: PHYSICIAN TRACK: The Continuum of Oncology Rehabilitation for Cancer SurvivorsPNNDPT / Kim Dittus, MD, PhDVCC / Cancer survivors often have specific needs when it comes to recovery and rehabilitation. We will discuss the unique rehabilitative needs of these survivors and how providers can help facilitate the road to recovery. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


2-3: Conversations and Choices for the CaregiverNSW / Kathy McBeth, MAVCC / 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: Breast Cancer and Weight GainPNNDRTSW/ Jean Harvey, PhD, RDVCC / 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.


2-5: Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Panel DiscussionNNDPTRTSW / Rose Colletti, PhDVCC / Survivors living with Stage IV breast cancer will share stories and respond to various topics, including how they maintain HOPE and develop MEANING in the face of ongoing treatment. Audience questions and participation will be encouraged.


2-6: Choices in Prophylactic Mastectomy: Figuring out what is Right for YOUNPTSW / Clare Ginger, PhD, Robert Nesbit, MD, Patti O’Brien, MDVCC , and Michelle Sowden, DOVCC / The desire for body symmetry after a mastectomy is a well-recognized need. There are many ways to try to achieve this symmetry, and this will be a discussion about the many options. Patients who have chosen very different options will be talking about their personal choices. Some women choose to “add back” a breast using their own tissue, an implant, or a prosthesis. Some women want the option to remove the “normal breast” even if they do not carry a genetic risk factor. These are very complex personal issues. The plastic surgeon and the oncology surgeon discuss with each woman to help her pick what is going to be right for her.


2-7: Ovarian Cancer Screening and PreventionPNPTRT / Elise Everett, MD / This session will discuss the various methods used to screen for ovarian cancer, symptoms of the disease, and prophylactic removal of the ovaries for women at high risk for disease.


2-8: Genetic Counseling and TestingNSWRT / Wendy McKinnon, MSVCC / 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.


2-9: Integrative Therapies in Cancer Care: Expert Panel DiscussionPNNDPTSW / Philip Trabulsy, MD and Janet Kahn, PhD, LMT / A lively presentation and discussion will be presented by a panel of experts in the field regarding the growing body of evidence surrounding the clinical value of supportive cancer care using the best evidence-informed therapies from the field of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. The evidence continues to grow with regards to the use of Integrative therapies for symptom management, pain management, rehabilitation, survivorship, health promotion and cancer prevention. The clinical panel of integrative practitioners will discuss their particular healing disciplines approach to support the cancer patient. This will include such topics as integrative nutrition, natural supplements, herbal treatments, acupuncture, oncologic massage therapy, and mind-body medicine.


2-10: The Benefits of Nature Contact on SurvivorshipNSW / Christine Vatovec, PhDVCC / How can the power of nature help cancer survivorship rates? This session will explore the scientific data surrounding the role that nature contact, such as walks in a natural area or having plants in a clinical setting, plays in survivorship.


2-11 Coffee Chats / Bring your coffee and enjoy a casual, small-group session in the Emerald III ballroom. Coffee chats available in this time slot include:

  • Reducing Toxic Exposure by Reforming Toxic Policies / Taylor Johnson / How can we reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals by changing certain laws and regulations in our society? Last year saw an increase in action both at the Federal and State level in regards to toxic chemical legislation. This chat will explore what is being done by VPIRG (Vermont Public Interest Research Group) and other similar organizations to improve the overall quality of life for everyone. It will give you an update on where things stand, what to look for moving forward, and how you can make an impact.
  • Coping with Cancer: A Social Work Perspective / Stephanie Fraser, MSW / Oncology social workers face challenges every day in helping patients cope with cancer. Many of those challenges depend on our expertise in navigating the various community resources, both state and federal in meeting their financial and practical needs. This coffee chat provides you the opportunity to network with other oncology social workers, sharing information and provide support.
  • The Benefits of Oncology Massage / Kirsten Wiley / This form of massage integrates gentle acupressure into traditional Swedish based chair massage to promote relaxation. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, while being sensitive to cancer and the effects of cancer treatment. Relaxation improves immune function, by allowing T-cells to proliferate.
  • The Impact of Philanthropy in Cancer Research / Manon O'Connor / Why philanthropy, why fundraising? In the increasingly complex environment of funding for research, this chat will focus on the need for private support and the strategies to maximize fundraising success for the Vermont Cancer Center. Research, education and patient care are the three important keystones in making our case. Join Manon for an insightful discussion on the goals for the Vermont Cancer Center and how information, collaboration and a coordinated approach in fundraising are essential to achieving our collective goals.
  • Unbridling the Past / Janis Cooper / Horses present amazing gifts along the journey of self-discovery, offering a fresh view of ourselves in ways that help create positive and lasting influence in the way we think, feel, behave and relate to others. During this coffee chat, you’ll learn how Equine Coaches can assist in your healing path - without ever mounting a horse. We’ll also share the “magic” of horses through stories of real-life transformations.
  • Tools for Weight Management and Staying Healthy / Siobhan Donegan, MS, RD and Nancy Kaplan, MSIS / Ladies First program staff will talk about the services we offer to eligible women to help them make positive changes related to weight management, nutrition, physical activity and quitting tobacco use. Our newest free Lifestyle Programs include Weight Watchers, Curves and the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. These programs help improve general health and can protect against diseases like cancer and heart disease. We will share tips and tools for making lasting health-related changes. We will also review eligibility guidelines for the Ladies First program.
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