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.
6-1 Immune System and Cancer / J. Chris Nunnink, MD, FASCO / This talk will cover the effects of cancer on the immune system. We will also discuss what can be done to help boost your immune system during treatment and recovery.
6-2 PHYSICIAN TRACK: HPV and Cancer / Marion Couch, MD, PhD, MBA / An increased connection has been found in recent years between HPV and cancer, which has created a whole new population of patients. This session will detail this connection and how you can help your patients protect themselves. This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.
6-3 Family-Centered Care: Supporting Self and Family in the Midst of Cancer / Ali Waltien, CCLS and Julia Wick, MS, LCMHC / This presentation will provide participants with helpful self-care strategies to nourish and support psychological well-being after a cancer diagnosis. Additionally, we believe that cancer is a family diagnosis as it affects all members of the family unit. We will provide families with helpful tools for supporting children of all ages after an adult caregiver has been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. There will be time for questions and open discussion at the end.
6-4 Young Women: Taking Care of Ourselves! / Patti O’Brien, MD / Women of all ages need to understand their bodies, and have a healthy attitude towards their breasts. We live in a world with plenty of media access, but these do not always promote healthy choices, lifestyles and attitudes. This informal talk will be directed toward young healthy women who want to understand how to celebrate their health, promote healthy choices for themselves and their peers.
6-5 The Exchange and Healthcare Reform / Catherine Hamilton, PhD / Healthcare reform is sweeping across the country and causing major changes in the way that patients are diagnosed and treated. This session will detail the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont healthcare exchange and how it interacts with new healthcare reform laws.
6-6 Palliative Care Case Discussions / Jaina Clough, MD / Palliative care is a team effort, involving physicians, pain specialists, nurses, and a host of support people. This workshop will be presented by physicians and nurses that work on the team using cases to demonstrate how palliative care can support patients and families. Cases will be used to describe the symptoms a patient was having trouble with, what was done to diagnose the issue, and what type of support was given to help control the symptoms.
6-7 Tomosynthesis / Stephen Poplack, MD / Tomosynthesis is a method for performing high-resolution tomography at mammographic dose levels. This session will discuss how this process is changing the existing mammography field and how new research is developing.
6-8 Screening and Prevention for Breast Cancer / Marie Wood, MD / There are differences between screenings for a low-risk person and a high-risk person. These modalities will be discussed along with the options and efficacy of breast cancer prevention.
6-9 Breast Lymphedema / Kristi Johnson, PT, LANA, CLT / With the changes in the way breast cancer is now treated, more breast conservation therapy and more radiation of the breast, more women now experience Breast Lymphedema. This session will discuss the clinical challenges, treatments and tools used to treat lymphedema in the breast.
6-10 COFFEE CHATS / Bring your coffee and enjoy a casual session in the Emerald III ballroom. Chats currently available in this time slot include:
- Fight Cancer Deliciously! / Curtiss Hemm / This coffee chat is all about simple and healthy cooking when breast cancer invites itself to dinner. Chef Curtiss will discuss the importance of adopting a food philosophy to lessen the challenges of transforming your kitchen practices. He will also share tips on how to involve everyone in the kitchen so these changes can become a sustainable reality for all involved. Feel free to ask questions, share recipes or challenge Chef Curtiss on your most difficult kitchen question. Chef Curtiss is eager to prove that fighting cancer can be delicious!
- Male Breast Cancer Survivorship / Paul Cucinelli / Breast cancer is not a disease exclusive to women. This session is a chance for both men and women who are undergoing treatment or who have survived breast cancer to receive support. Paul Cucinelli will tell his story and remind everyone who has faced breast cancer that they are not alone.
- New Concepts in the Management of Lymphedema / Susan Callison / This chat will focus on the exchange of ideas about new concepts in the management of lymphedema, a condition that effects a number of cancer survivors. Sharing thoughts on treatment, diet, and exercise.
- 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.
6-12 CULINARY DEMONSTRATION / Patti Cook / When we cook with nutritious ingredients that we think taste good, truly healthy and satisfying food happens. This fun and interactive demonstration will focus on 3 core recipes that are both nutrition powerhouses and infinitely adaptable based on personal taste.
6-13 Multi-Modality Approach in the Imaging of Women with Suspected Breast Cancer / Robert Oppenheimer, MD / The accurate diagnosis of both palpable and non-palpable abnormalities in women with suspected breast cancer often involves a multi-modality imaging approach to include mammography, tomosynthesis mammography, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Recent clinical cases with both benign and malignant results will be discussed to demonstrate the utility of a multimodality approach in diagnosis. There will be ample time at the end of the presentation for discussion and questions.
6-14 Cancer Epidemiology 101: What Does Cancer Data Really Mean? / Marieke Jackson, MPH and Jennifer Kachajian, MA, MPH / This session will provide an overview of how data is used to study cancer in populations. The presentation will focus on defining and explaining population-level disease statistics. Rates, ratios, and statistical logic will be described and discussed. By the end of this presentation, participants should be able to understand how data is collected and analyzed, learn basic epidemiological concepts related to cancer, and apply knowledge when presented with different types of cancer data.
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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