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.
4-1 Complementary Therapies in Cancer Treatment / Phil Trabulsy, MD / Acupuncture is a time-honored technique that can relieve pain, nausea, and promote overall wellness. This session will describe acupuncture and other complementary therapies as a part of the cancer treatment process and how it can benefit you as a long-term survivor.
4-2 PHYSICIAN TRACK: Impact of Excess Weight on Cancer Survivorship and the Potential Benefits of Weight Loss / Kim Dittus, MD, PhD / This session will discuss the impact of excess weight on cancer recurrence and survival. Biological mechanisms that may explain the negative outcomes will be presented. Identified benefits of weight loss will be discussed. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other healthcare professionals.
4-3 The Evolution of Breast Surgery: Less is Often More / Kari Rosenkranz, MD / The field of breast surgery has changed a great deal over the years, with modern techniques increasing the chance of breast conservation. This session will discuss how breast surgery has evolved recently and what you can expect if you have to undergo a procedure.
4-4 Cardiac Health / Friederike Keating, MD / Standard risk factors for heart disease will be discussed such as obesity, high cholesterol, inactivity, diabetes, and smoking. How a woman might diagnose herself with heart disease will be presented. What you should do if you are worried will be discussed, and there will be information about the various tests that can be used to diagnose heart disease. Come with your questions, and learn how to take care of your heart.
4-5 What’s New in Breast Cancer Reconstruction? / Susan MacLennan, MD / In this session, we will focus on newer techniques for reconstruction after breast cancer surgery. Some of the techniques discussed may include oncoplastic surgery after lumpectomy, nipple sparing mastectomy, and new technologies that may improve reconstructive outcomes.
4-6 Angie’s Choice / Clare Ginger, Wendy McKinnon, MS, and Robert Nesbit, MD / Genetic testing, specifically relating to the BRCA gene, has received increased media scrutiny lately. Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy and the Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in terms of genetic testing. This session will discuss the implications of these major stories and what they mean for patients, survivors, and family members.
4-7 Is There Sex After Cancer? Reviving Your Sex Life After Cancer / Gale Golden, LICSW, BCD / When an illness occurs, the accompanying treatments, medications and surgeries may diminish desire for sex and intimacy. Even in the best of relationships, an open discussion about sex may be daunting and thus avoided. This discussion will offer practical help on starting the dialogue and reviving the comfort of an intimate and sexual relationship. Help is on its way!
4-8 Caring for the Caregiver / Kathy McBeth, MA / Caregivers provide support, nurturance and understanding. At the same time, caregivers must recognize the need to take care of themselves during what may be a very long period of uncertainty and stress. Support for the caregiver is essential, and this session will help you with that support.
4-9 Mindfulness Tools: A Way to Relieve Stress and Encourage Wellness / Roz Grossman, MA / This session offers an introduction to mindfulness through guided meditation practices and discussion. This program is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program started by Jon Kabat-Zinn, which is offered to cancer patients throughout the world. Resources for further exploration of mindfulness will be available.
4-10 Chair Pilates / Janet Franz / Named after its creator, Pilates is a method of exercise that focuses on the core, consisting of the abdominal and back musculature. Considered one of the fastest growing forms of exercise in the world, the number of Pilates participants in the United States has grown from 1.7 million in 2000 to 8.6 million in 2010. This session will provide useful techniques that will allow you to practice Pilates in your own home or office.
4-12 CULINARY DEMONSTRATION / Chef Curtiss Hemm of Pink Ribbon Cooking / Join us for a hot demo outside G’s Restaurant. If you are a breast cancer survivor, caregiver, or simply looking to lessen your risk of breast cancer this presentation is for you. Increasingly studies indicate that a healthy diet can lessen a person's lifetime risk for several cancers, including breast cancer. This seminar will show that healthy eating and taking control of your diet does not have to be complicated, bland or boring. Chef Curtiss from Pink Ribbon Cooking will showcase several examples of simple and healthy cooking; proving just how easy a healthy diet can be to prepare.
4-13 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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