University of Vermont

Vermont Cancer Center's 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference



Conference Agenda

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.


Session Four


4-1: ChemobrainPNNDPTSW / Owen Drudge, PhD, Julie Dumas, PhDVCC, Moira Mulligan, MS, CCC-SLP, and Patricia O’Brien, MDVCC / 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.


4-2: PHYSICIAN TRACK: Deep Inferior Epigastric Artery Perforator (DIEP) Flap Breast ReconstructionPNPTSW / Robert Nesbit, MD / The DIEP flap is a common breast reconstruction procedure that has many benefits. This session will examine DIEP flap breast reconstruction as well as the benefits and challenges for physicians and their patients. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.


4-3: Phthalates are Everywhere – But Do They Cause Breast Cancer?PNNDSW / Tom Ahern, PhD, MPHVCC / Phthalate compounds have made their way into a number of consumer products including food containers, children's toys, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Phthalates are suspected to disrupt hormonal pathways in our bodies, and have the potential to cause cancer. Dr. Thomas Ahern will discuss the pervasiveness of these compounds in our daily environment, summarize current evidence of the effect of phthalates on breast cancer occurrence, and introduce his new study, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which will thoroughly explore this topic in a population of women at risk for breast cancer.


4-4: Healing Through Play: Strategies to Care for Self and FamilyNSW / Ali Waltien, CCLS and Julia Wick, MS, LCMHC / In this experiential session, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Julia Wick and Certified Child Life Specialist Ali Waltien acknowledge that breast cancer impacts all members of the family. Using therapeutic play techniques, Julia and Ali will work with adult participants to give them tools to address the many emotions of cancer to support themselves and all members of the family.


4-5: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Breast Cancer Diagnosis and TreatmentPNPTSW / Kim Dittus, MD, PhDVCC, Maureen Harmon, MD, Deborah Rubin, MD, Mary Stanley, MDVCC, and Erin Tsai, MD / Current breast cancer care involves the coordination of multiple medical disciplines: surgery, pathology, radiology, and specialists in chemotherapy and radiation treatment. In this session you will sit in on a reenactment of a weekly breast cancer case conference where specialists review clinical, radiologic, and pathologic findings of patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer and discuss the best approaches to treatment.

4-6: Vermonters Taking Action Against Breast Cancer: An Open Forum / David CranmerVCC and Sharon Mallory / Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer, the state cancer coalition, in conjunction with the Vermont Cancer Center, has presented an annual forum for breast cancer patients, advocates and care providers since 2006. This is an opportunity for participants to discuss ways to collaborate with one voice to reduce the burden of breast cancer in Vermont. This session, open to all attendees, is a great way for advocates and patients to share and network.

4-7: Writing for Healing / Patricia Fontaine, MACP / The natural ability of the body to heal can be enhanced by artistic expression, and writing is a form of art accessible to all of us. Using simple writing techniques, participants will leave with some concrete tools and resources to begin their own writing practice.

4.8: Marijuana for Symptom ReliefPNNDSW / Bridget Conry, Shayne Lynn, Jeffrey Wallin, and Lindsey Wells / What is my role as a provider? How do I become a registered patient? This session will focus on the process of registering with the Vermont Marijuana Registry and what happens after a patient is registered.

4-9: Pilates Anywhere: Core Strength and Stability Exercises for Home, Work, and Travel / Janet Franz / Pilates exercises create strong, stable "core" muscles in the abdomen, lower back and derrière. This helps you move easier, avoid back and hip pain, improve your posture, and enjoy a flatter tummy and tighter bottom. In this session you will learn how to do Pilates exercises on your own, anytime, anywhere. Each exercise is executed with coordinated breathing, control, and fluidity to create kinesthetic awareness. Practice these moves with or without equipment at your desk, on the floor, standing up, or sitting in a chair.

4-10: Mindfulness Tools: An Introduction to Practices and Scientific EvidenceNSW / Roz Grossman, MAVCC and Yujing Sun, PhDVCC / Research has shown that meditation and other mindfulness practices can benefit cancer recovery. This session will introduce Mindfulness Tools known to ease stress and anxiety and encourage calmness and wellbeing for cancer survivors and caregivers. Recently published scientific studies on mindfulness meditation in the areas of neuroscience, biology and immunology including clinical outcomes and potential mechanisms will be presented and discussed as well as resources for further mindfulness exploration. Both presenters have been trained in teaching the world-renowned Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program offered to cancer patients at the Vermont Cancer Center.

4-11: Culinary Demonstration / Join local chefs 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 anywhere and anytime.

4-12: Look Good…Feel Better / Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this is a double-length session that will provide makeovers to current cancer patients, giving them more hope and confidence. FOR CURRENT CANCER PATIENTS ONLY. This is a double-length session that runs from 1:15-3:05 PM.

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