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VCC Breast Cancer Conference Focuses on Healthy Lifestyles for Breast and Heart Wellness

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Each year, hundreds of Vermont cancer survivors, healthcare providers, caregivers and community members attend the Annual Breast Cancer Conference, presented by the Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care. In its 16th year, the conference will take place Friday, October 4, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center and features more than 80 sessions, including seven “Physician Track” sessions.

With the 2013 theme of “Getting to the Heart of Breast Health by Living Well,” conference co-chairs and Vermont Cancer Center members Patti O’Brien, M.D., and Susan Lakoski, M.D., seek to empower patients by providing a wide range of sessions about the factors individuals can control – nutrition, exercise, weight control and lifestyle – to help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, this year’s conference features several programs targeting young women, as well as timely topics including Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a prophylactic double mastectomy and the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that human genes are not patentable.

In addition to O’Brien, a UVM associate professor of medicine,  and Lakoski, a UVM assistant professor of medicine who will present a Plated Lunch Keynote on “Connecting Hearts and Breasts,” UVM College of Medicine faculty presenters include (in order of presentation): Cheung Wong, M.D., director of gynecologic oncology; Kim Dittus, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine; Ursula McVeigh, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine and director of palliative care medicine at Fletcher Allen; Brian Sprague, Ph.D., assistant professor of surgery; Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., professor and chair of the nutrition and food sciences and professor of medicine; David Krag, M.D., professor of surgery; Elise Everett, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences; Robert Luebbers, M.D., associate professor of family medicine; Julie Dumas, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry; Frances Carr, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology; Michelle Sowden, D.O., assistant professor of surgery; Philip Trabulsy, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation and director, Program in Integrative Health; Friederike Keating, M.D., associate professor of medicine; Susan MacLennan, M.D., associate professor of surgery; Gale Golden, L.I.C.S.W., clinical associate professor of psychiatry; Neil Zakai, M.D., associate professor of medicine; Richard Lovett, M.D., associate professor of radiation oncology; Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., professor of medicine; J. Christian Nunnink, M.D., clinical associate professor of medicine; Marion Couch, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., professor and interim chair of surgery; and Jaina Clough, M.D., assistant professor of medicine.

Support for the Breast Cancer Conference comes from Fletcher Allen Health Care, the UVM College of Medicine, Susan G. Komen For the Cure of Vermont/New Hampshire, BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont, and FrontPorchForum.

Learn more about the 16th Annual Breast Cancer Conference.