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2019 Session Three: 1:15-2:00 PM
3.1: Cancer Care, Close to Home:
The Future of Cancer Care in our Region
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 Updates
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.
3.3: COFFEE CHATS
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
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
3.4: Exploring Mindfulness: Practices,
Benefits and Scientific Evidence
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 Therapy
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
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
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
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
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 Treatments
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: The Good,
The Bad, and The Ugly Through Head
and Neck Cancer Treatment
Lakshmi Joshi Boyle, MS, CCC-SLP; Jennifer May, RD
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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