University of Vermont

The 19th Annual Women's Health and Cancer Conference



Conference Agenda

Session Four: 1:15-2:05 PM


1: Chemobrain: More Than Memory LossPNPTSW

Nicola Hawko, OT, Jennifer Morris, BA, and Moira Mulligan, MS, CCC-SLP

Memory problems during therapy and after cancer treatment are more common than you think. The cognitive change known as chemobrain is a real thing that is faced by many cancer survivors every day. This panel discussion will define chemobrain, explore the science behind it, and discuss strategies to cope with this phenomenon.


2: What’s Density Got to Do With It? Breast Density and ScreeningPNRT

Sally Herschorn, MD*

If you have dense breast tissue, you are not alone. You also need to be aware of how this affects the screening process. This session will discuss breast density and what it means for the patient and the health care professional when it comes to detecting cancer.


3: Drug Interactions in Cancer TreatmentPNPTRTSW

Amy Littlefield, ND, LAc and Joanna Schwartz, PharmD

Every cancer treatment has side effects, and managing those effects can sometimes seem like a full-time job. Presented from the perspectives of an integrative medicine specialist and a doctor of pharmacy, this session will explore common drug interactions and offer helpful hints for managing common side effects of chemotherapy. It will also discuss how a patient’s nutritional status can help aid in the healing process.


4: A Look Behind the Scenes: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Breast CancerPNPTRTSW

Kim Dittus, MD, PhD*, Deborah Rubin, MD, Mary Stanley, MD*, and Erin Tsai, MD

Breast cancer care is not religated to one single medical discipline. Surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, and specialists in chemotherapy and radiation treatment all work together on a regular basis to ensure the best treatment possible. This session will demonstrate what a weekly breast cancer case team meeting looks like and how the health care team approaches treatment.


5: PROVIDER TRACK: New Developments in Lung Cancer ScreeningPNRT

George Gentchos, MD*

Lung cancer screening is an evolving process in Vermont and throughout the country. This session will discuss research into the effectiveness of lung cancer screening. It will also touch upon concerns such as radiation risk, false positive exams, economic impact, and the evolving insurance coverage for this examination. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


6: Writing for Healing

Patricia Fontaine, MACP

Writing is a form of art that is accessible and can enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. This session will explore writing as an artistic expression and provide a chance for participants to practice simple techniques that will allow them to begin their own writing practice.


7: Learn to Zentangle for Relaxation and Creativity

Lynne Balman, EdD

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from simple repetitive patterns. It increases focus and creativity, especially when done to relaxing meditative music. This session, presented by Survivorship NOW, will introduce a few easy “tangles” as you complete a beautiful project. Information will also be provided regarding official Zentangle materials and local classes you may wish to pursue from certified Zentangle instructors.


8: Caring for the CaregiverNSW

Kathy McBeth, MA

What are the challenges that caregivers face when taking care of somebody who is facing 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 difficult times.


9: Breast Cancer Surgery: Interventions, Reconstruction, and Other OptionsPNPTRTSW

Meredith Collins, MD and Michelle Sowden, DO*

What are a patient’s options when faced with surgery for breast cancer? This session will explore the surgical intervention process, discuss reconstruction options, and detail how health care providers work to meet patient needs. Time will be allotted to address questions from the audience and ensure that attendees leave with as much quality information as possible.


10: The Pelvic Floor and Cancer: Female Prolapse and Incontinence During and After TreatmentPNPTSW

Rebecca Shaffer, MD

During treatment and beyond, many cancer survivors find themselves dealing with prolapse and other pelvic floor issues. This session will discuss the demographics of patients affected by these issues and the role that health care providers have in mitigating this problem.


11: Culinary Demonstration

Leah Pryor

Join Leah Pryor from the University of Vermont Medical Center for a culinary demonstration outside G’s Restaurant. This demo will give you a chance to learn some nutritional recipes and techniques that you can apply to create fast, healthy, and delicious meals.


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