Survivor Symposium – Session Descriptions

Metastatic Breast Cancer:  When Goal is Not Cure (Opening Session)

Tailoring therapy is as individualized as the person fighting the disease. We will explore the many “buckets” that treatment falls into as well as promising new care options to come.  The presenter will identify the basic types of breast cancer, describe the categories of systemic therapy, and provide insight into why a plan is chosen.

Eating and Living for Optimal Health

A greater understanding of diet and lifestyle practices can maximize health and well-being. The presenter will discuss at least four dimensions of wellness and review four evidence-based diet/lifestyle-related practices known to reduce risk of chronic disease and improve overall health. Participants will identify at least one lifestyle strategy that can further enhance well-being.

Yoga for Wellness

Yoga is gentle, restorative, and rejuvenating and helps bring a greater awareness of the mind/body connection. The presenter will incorporate “feel good stretches,” breathing techniques, progressive relaxation, and a brief meditation at the end of the session. Participants will leave feeling relaxed and energized and have a greater sense of well-being, peace, and joy!

Lymphedema: A Conversation on Facts and Myths

Lymphedema will be defined in clear, easy to understand terms. The presenter will provide insight into facts and myths such as “I can’t use this arm ever again.” Participants will learn causes of lymphedema as well as prevention and treatment techniques.  Those with lymphedema, those who did/have not developed it, and those who have treatment experience are welcome.  Bring questions for this conversational session!

Updates in Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer

Genetic testing for hereditary cancer has changed remarkably over the last few years. Presenters will talk about the differences in sporadic, familial and hereditary cancer as well as updates to genetic testing concerning new technology and genes.  Participants will learn about these updates and be better informed about whether or not they might benefit from genetic consultation and testing (or additional testing).

Look Good Feel Better

The American Cancer Society administers Look Good Feel Better nationwide and teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients to help them manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment offering a sense of normalcy and control.  The presenter will describe the program and demonstrate how it works to transform women’s attitudes when they are battling cancer. Complete with a facilitator and a model!

New Targeted Therapies to Treat Metastatic Breast Cancer (Keynote Speaker)

There are new treatments recently approved to treat breast cancer as well as newer targeted therapies in clinical trials. The presenter will define targeted therapies and review some recently approved treatments such as pertuzumab, ado-trastuzumab, palbociclig, and everolimus. Participants will learn the importance of clinical trials and types of targeted therapies currently in trials such as P13K inhibitors.

Creating a Balance to Create Emotional Wellness (Closing Session)

Coping with survivorship is enhanced when a balance of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being is achieved. The presenter will explore these four key areas of life and increase awareness of a mindfulness practice so that overall balance and emotional wellness may be obtained. Participants will identify ways that any of the key areas are neglected or ignored and learn how a mindful practice can help diminish negative experiences so balance is encountered successfully.

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