University of Vermont

Vermont Cancer Center's 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference



Conference Agenda

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.


Session Six


6-1: Oncology Rehabilitation – Steps to WellnessPNPTRTSW / Kim Dittus, MD, PhDVCC, Kristie Grover, PhD, Rebecca Reynolds, BS, Diane Stevens, PT / Steps to Wellness is a comprehensive Oncology Rehab program, the program will be presented by the team that provides this care. It is also a research Program and Dr. Dittus will be discussing the findings of this research, the implications will be discussed. Persons interested in joining the program will fine the overview helpful, and professionals who want to build a team in their facility will learn gain an understanding of the team development. Fitness is very important, how a structured exercise program can improve health after cancer treatment will be presented.

6-2: PHYSICIAN TRACK: The Use of Opiates During Cancer TreatmentPN / Mark Pasanen, MD / The use of opiates as a way to treat cancer symptoms and relieve pain can be extremely beneficial to patients, but it also carries risks if misused. This session will discuss the prescribing of opiates, when it is best to do so, and how to properly manage these powerful tools. Please note that in order to fill the opiate management portion of the new CME requirements, this session will run until 4:15 pm.

6-3: Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence Associated with Carbohydrate Intake and Tissue Expression of IGF-1 ReceptorPNND / Jennifer Emond, MSc, PhD / There is growing interest in how carbohydrate content of the diet may impact prognosis among breast cancer survivors. The study presented in this session assessed the association between a change in carbohydrate intake within a few years of completing treatment on prognosis among postmenopausal breast cancer survivors, and tested the mediating effect of that association due to expression of the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) receptor in the primary breast tumor tissue.

6-4: What’s New in Radiation OncologyPNRT / Rick Lovett, MDVCC / This session discusses the principles of radiation and how tissue sparing is accomplished, the new advances in radiation treatments, and how individualized radiation treatments are designed.

6-5: Symptom Control During ChemotherapyPNNDPTSW / Jennifer May, RD, CD / This session will provide helpful hints for the management of common side effects of chemotherapy, including taste changes, nausea, and constipation. The goal of the presentation will be to help patients find strategies for optimal tolerance of treatment and preservation of quality of life. Additionally, focus will be placed on the maintenance of one’s nutritional status to ensure treatment can be continued uninterrupted, and aid in healing. Information will be presented through the collaboration of a dietitian and a panel of oncology nurses. Time will be allotted for questions and discussion.

6-6: Enhancing Treatment and Survival with ACTNSW / Suzanne Hall, RN, BSW / This session will help care providers explore the ACT system (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). Understanding the principles underlying ACT gives care providers a whole new set of simple communication and interpersonal skills to use when treating patients. ACT empowers patients to choose a new approach to the physical and emotional pain they experience during the treatment process, providing them with a new outlook and emotional understanding that can help them face difficult times.

6-7 Breast LymphedemaPNPTRT / Kristi Johnson, PT, LANA / This session will cover the myths and mysteries of lymphedema specifically related to breast edema. Learning objectives are to obtain a basic understanding of: the lymphatic system, breast related lymphedema, risks and precautions, as well as some treatment options.

6-8: Is There Sex After Cancer? Reviving your Sex Life After CancerPNSW / 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!

6-9: Survivorship NOW's Art as Healing / Carolyn Subin, PhD / Express yourself with watercolors. Tap into your creative side—maybe one you never knew you had—to enhance your healing and joy. No experience or artistic skills necessary. Let Carolyn bring out the artiste in you!

6-10 Culinary DemonstrationND / 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.

6-11 An Introduction to Burlesque / Alexa Luthor and Doctor Vu / Burlesque is an empowering form of dance that not only is a good form of exercise, but also creates love of and connection with one's own body. Find out what burlesque dance is all about with this teaser session- learn basic moves through a warm up and a short dance. There is no clothing removal in this class. Please wear comfortable shoes or bare feet and clothes you can move in to this class. No dance experience required; all body types and genders welcome!


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