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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
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:
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?
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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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