Conference Agenda

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* Denotes UVM Cancer Center Member

2019 Session Three: 1:15-2:00 PM

3.1: Cancer Care, Close to Home: The Future of Cancer Care in our Regionbcc-p_000bcc-nPA_icon
Jim Wallace, MD**

The UVM Health Network is invested in making sure patients receive the right care, from the right provider, as close to home as possible, even when circumstances require that a portion of that care is performed at a center with specialized expertise or technology. This session explores the UVM Health Network’s regional care plan created to improve care, enhance quality, and control treatment costs.

3.2: BRCA1 and BRCA2: Review of Cancer Risks and Medical Management Updatesbcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000PA_iconPharm_icon
Wendy McKinnon, MS, CGC*; Marie Wood, MD*

This session is specifically for individuals who carry pathogenic variants in BRCA1 or BRCA2, their relatives, and health care providers. This session will provide a brief overview of the genes, cancer risks, inheritance, and implications for family members, as well as update on the most current screening and prevention guidelines.

Coffee Chats are casual and smaller in size, giving you small-group experiences with expert presenters.

3.3 a: Young Survivors Support Group
Stephanie LaMora, RNIII

This coffee chat is meant to be a designated meeting time for young survivors of cancer to share their stories and offer support to one another. This support group is an ongoing resource at the UVM Cancer Center.

3.3 b: Breast Lymphedema 101
Caitlin Dorka, PT, DPT, CLT

What is lymphedema and how can you manage it? This chat will explore some lymphedema treatment options.

3.3 c: Medical Marijuana: Your Questions Answered
Ada Puches

Join a representative from the Champlain Valley Dispensary to learn how you or your patients can qualify for the Vermont Medical Marijuana Program, and about the wide variety of cannabis products and methods of consumption available to you or your patients for symptom relief.

3.3 d: Multiple Myeloma Treatment Experiences
JoAnn Nielson, BSN, RN, OCN

Come meet with other patients on the multiple myeloma journey, both survivors and caregivers. Share treatment experiences in a focused information gathering session.

3.3 e: Elevating to Fitness: New Information on the Benefits of Exercise During Cancer Treatment and Beyond
Barbara Hammond, RN, ACSM CPT

In confronting cancer, fitness and exercise are key to wellness. This chat will explore how exercise can have a strong impact on cancer recovery.

3.3 f: Pain and Scarring after Breast Cancer: There are Answers
Lesli Bell, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA

3.3g: Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

3.4: Exploring Mindfulness: Practices, Benefits and Scientific Evidence bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-sPA_icon
Theresa Hudziak, MS; Donna Smith, PT, DPT

Meditation and mindfulness are two resources that can help people during cancer recovery. This session will introduce mindfulness tools that ease stress and anxiety while encouraging calmness and well-being. It will also discuss the scientific evidence supporting the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in cancer recovery. Attendees will be invited to join in some brief mindfulness exercises.

3.5: PROVIDER TRACK: Immunotherapy: On the Cutting Edge of Cancer Therapybcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000PA_iconPharm_icon
Robert Cade, PharmD, BCOP

Immunotherapy is one of the most cutting-edge cancer therapies. This session discusses combining immune checkpoint inhibitors with chemotherapy, with an emphasis on recent FDA approvals in breast and lung cancer; the adverse effects of immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy, including how to recognize and treat those effects; and the Chimeric antigen T-cell receptor therapy.This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.

3.6: Advocating for the Family: Men’s Cancer Screening, Prevention, and Awarenessbcc-p_000bcc-nPA_iconPharm_icon
Peter Holoch, MD

What are the more common cancers faced by men, and how are these cancers and associated health concerns best addressed? This session will discuss prevention and survivorship issues that pertain to these cancers in men, and how their family members and health care providers can advocate for more proactive health care.

3.7 Taking Control with Metastatic Disease: A Palliative Care Discussion bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000bcc-sPA_icon

Janet Ely, APRN; Kathy McBeth, MA; Michele Mosley, SW

This is an interactive discussion designed specifically for women diagnosed with metastatic cancer. We will explore ways to navigate the illness journey, explore strategies to work with your treatment team, employ coping skills and discuss advance care planning tools. This is a small group discussion; attendees are encouraged to come with questions and stories to share.

3.8: A Look Behind the Scenes: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Breast Cancer bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000bcc-r_000PA_icon
Mary Stanley, MD*; Ruth Heimann, MD, PhD*, Hibba Rehman, MD*; Erin Tsai, MD*; Uyen Phyong Vietje, MD

Breast cancer care is not regulated to one single medical discipline. Surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, and specialists in chemotherapy and radiation treatment all work together on a regular basis to ensure the best treatment possible. This session will demonstrate what a weekly breast cancer case team meeting looks like and how the health care team approaches treatment.

3.9: Cancer Prevention: Annual Screenings All Women Need to Know bcc-p_000bcc-nPA_icon
Panel led by Krista Evans, MD

Cancer screening guidelines change year to year, and it can be confusing to know which screens are appropriate at what age and what those screenings will be able to tell you about your health. This health panel describes different screening options for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer, and outlines how patients and providers can incorporate these screenings into their health plans.

3.10: Culinary Demonstration: Building Flavors in a Plant-Based Diet
Leah Pryor, BS

There are multiple health benefits to eating a plant-based diet—and it doesn’t have to be boring or bland! This session from the UVM Medical Center will demonstrate some delicious techniques for plant-based eating, and outline how these meals can impact your health.

3.11: Cancer and Your Brain Part One: Neuro-cognitive Changes Related to Cancer and Cancer Treatmentsbcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000bcc-r_000PA_iconPharm_icon

Ashley Couture, MS, CCC-SLP; Alissa Thomas, MD*

People who are treated for cancer often experience trouble with cognition or communication, including mental tasks related to thinking, attention span, word retrieval, and short-term memory. These changes can be related to the cancer itself, or can be a result of treatment with radiation or chemotherapy. This session explains these changes to patients and providers, and can pair with Session 4.11.

3.12: Needing Nutrition Through Head and Neck Cancer Treatment

Lakshmi Joshi Boyle, MS, CCC-SLP; Jennifer May, RD bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000PA_icon

People often don’t know how chemo or radiation treatment for head and neck cancer may impact their ability to eat, drink, or swallow. It can be quite difficult to manage maintaining caloric intake for wellness and healing while making sure that food and liquids can be swallowed safely. This session provides specific strategies for calorie dense foods that can be more easily managed.

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bcc-p_000 Physician CME

bcc-n Nursing Contact Hours

bcc-pt_000 Physical Therapy CE Credit

bcc-r_000 Radiologic Tech. CE Credit

bcc-s Social Worker CEU

PA_icon Physician Assistant

Pharm_icon Pharmacology 

*UVM Cancer Center Members


Contact Us

Questions about this year's conference? Call or email Jacqueline Lawler at (802) 656-2176


Quick Facts
  • Registration for this event closes on Sunday, September 29, 2019
  • Walk-ins are welcome after the registration deadline. However, space is limited and some sessions may be closed. Register early!
  • The conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton: 870 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT, 05043
  • Conference hours: 8 AM-4:30 PM