Conference Agenda

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* Denotes UVM Cancer Center Member

2019 Session Four: 2:15-3:00 PM

4.1: Breast Cancer Surgery: Interventions, Reconstruction, and Other Options bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000bcc-r_000PA_icon
Meredith Collins, MD*; Michelle Sowden, DO*

What are a patient’s options when faced with surgery for breast cancer? This session will explore the surgical intervention process, discuss reconstruction options, and detail how health care providers work to meet patient needs. Time will be allotted to address questions from the audience and ensure that attendees leave with as much quality information as possible.

4.2: Genetic Testing and Inherited Cancer: Patient Perspectives bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-r_000PA_icon
Laura Colello, MS, CGC*; Wendy McKinnon, MS, CGC*

This session presents an opportunity to hear about the genetic counseling process from patients themselves. Learn about the journey and the results through the eyes of several individuals who have experienced genetic counseling. Anyone interested in learning more about the implications of genetic testing for cancer risk is encouraged to attend.

4.3: CANCELLED: Acupuncture vs. Dry Needling: What’s the Difference? bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000PA_icon

While acupuncture is rapidly entering the mainstream as a pain management technique with myriad health benefits, many cancer patients may be directed to dry needling. This session discusses the philosophical, medicinal, and legal distinctions between the two practices, as well as situations in which either might be appropriate.

4.4: Cancer Survivor Documents: What Happened, What Might Happen, and What Needs to Happen—A Record and Road Map for the Survivor bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000PA_icon
Penny Gibson, PA

Many cancer patients are surviving decades after diagnoses. Patients are monitored for cancer recurrence, but may develop long-term medical conditions (“late effects”) as a result of therapies received. This session provides an overview of treatment summaries and survivorship documents that are used to help patients and their medical team understand potential long term issues related to cancer treatment, guiding appropriate follow up.

4.5: PROVIDER TRACK: Trans Cancer Care: Providing Trans Affirmative Health Care in Vermont bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000PA_iconPharm_icon
Kym Boyman, MD, FACOG; Rachel Inker, MD

A recent Gallup poll listed Vermont as having the highest percentage of people who identify as LGBTQ per capita in the nation, presenting unique considerations for health care providers when it comes to screening for cancers appropriately while respecting gender identity. This session describes the needs of the transgender population in terms of cancer risk, and provides insight into thorough and respectful care.

This session is specifically geared toward primary care providers and other health care professionals.

4.6: Peeing, Pooping, and Pleasure After Cancer Treatment bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000PA_icon
Ann Greenan-Naumann, BS, PT, MS, OCS

Cancer treatment affects many areas throughout the body, including the pelvic floor. This can lead to symptoms such as urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, or changes in sexual function during and after treatment. This discussion will explore why these problems occur and what both patients and health care providers can do to help mitigate them.

4.7: HPV Vaccine is Cancer Prevention: How Does it Work, and Is It Safe? bcc-p_000bcc-nPA_icon
Christine Finley, APRN, MPH

The availability of the HPV vaccine has brought excitement about the opportunity to prevent multiple cancers and health problems in both women and men. This session will provide an overview about the connection between HPV and cancer risk, review facts and myths about the HPV vaccine, and provide an update about local efforts to improve HPV vaccination.

4.8: Breast Cancer: A Personal and Plastic Surgeon Perspective bcc-p_000bcc-nPA_icon
Robert Nesbit, MD; Patti O’Brien, MD*

Cancer touches everyone, even those in the medical field. In this session, plastic surgeon Dr. Nesbit discusses how his mother’s breast cancer has helped him to understand on a personal level how important individual-based care is. He and Dr. O’Brien discuss the importance of honoring the wishes of the patient in their choices for care, and supporting them in making these very personal choices.

4.9: Blood Clot Prevention: Reducing the Second Leading Cause of Death in Cancer Patients bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000PA_iconPharm_icon
Chris Holmes, MD, PhD*and Candy Weston

Blood clots are a major side effect of many cancers and cancer treatments. This session explores the risk factors for thrombosis, a type of blood clot, and what steps health care professionals can take to prevent and treat it. It will also discuss the current state of knowledge and what future studies need to be done in order to both prevent and treat blood clots in those with cancer.

4.10: Culinary Demonstration

Join us for a session that teaches healthy recipes for you and your family.

4.11: Cancer and Your Brain Part Two: Thinking and Communication Changes with Cancer Treatment—Tools to Adjust and Thrive bcc-p_000bcc-nbcc-pt_000bcc-r_000bcc-sPA_icon
Ashley Couture, MS, CCC-SLP; Linda Potasiewicz

This session can pair with Session 3.11. It provides information about formal therapeutic treatment programs and wellness activities to help patients adjust, adapt, and thrive to cognitive changes following cancer treatment. The presentation includes a first-hand account from someone who will share their breadth of experience with these changes as well as an interactive activity aimed at identifying approaches to help folks respond to cognitive changes following cancer treatment.

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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, 05403
  • Conference hours: 8 AM-4:30 PM