Program

We have two days of informational sessions, inspirational stories and opportunities for you to connect with other people impacted by metastatic breast cancer. Find a complete list of sessions and Meet-up options below. 

Session Descriptions

Meet-ups


Session Descriptions

Saturday, June 13

Opening Keynote Presentation
Treating Metastatic Breast Cancer: The Promise of Precision Medicine (live)

12:00-1:00 p.m. (ET)
Lisa A. Carey, MD, FASCO
Nikhil Wagle, MD

In the last few years, cancer research has shifted from a focus on personalized treatment to one on precision medicine: treating cancer by targeting mutations based on findings from tumor tests. This changed focus has helped us develop new medicines and tests that benefit people with all types of metastatic breast cancer. But is precision medicine possible for most people today, or is it a sign of things to come? Our keynote session features a renowned researcher working to translate lab findings into treatments to benefit you in the doctor’s office, and a groundbreaking physician who can share the promise, and the perils, of precision medicine as it’s practiced today. Find out how the research is done, about different types of biomarker testing in tissue and blood, how doctors help you understand results, and ways to balance the implications of test results against other treatments available to you. Our speakers will take your questions and comments live throughout the discussion.

Breakout Sessions

2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Treating Bone Mets (live)
Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD

Learn about treatment options for breast cancer in the bones. Get strategies to limit side effects, manage bone pain, and maintain bone strength. Understand screening tests and get updates on clinical trials studying new treatments and quality of life.

Dr. Brufsky will take your questions and comments live throughout his presentation.


Patient Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19: Where We Are and Where We’re Headed (live)
Moderator: Kate Pickert
Panelists: Christine Hodgdon, Natalia Padron, Jamil Rivers, Kelly Shanahan and Alicia C. Staley

People living with metastatic breast cancer are among the most visible health advocates demanding a voice in decisions about the future of research and treatment and in representations of cancer in our culture. This distinguished panel will share their perspectives on past efforts—successes, barriers, and surprises—and the ways they have pivoted their current advocacy to meet the challenges of COVID-19. With the novel coronavirus likely to influence culture, policy, research, and health for years to come, discover how the lessons of the past can inform the advocacy of the future.

Our panelists will take your questions and comments live throughout the discussion.

 

Metastatic Breast Cancer: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (live)
Tufia Haddad, MD

Whether this is your first breast cancer diagnosis or you have had breast cancer before, learning you have metastatic breast cancer is likely to be overwhelming. This session is designed to provide you with the medical information and practical support necessary to help you make informed decisions about your treatment and to get your bearings during the first few months after a metastatic diagnosis. For those diagnosed in the last few months, Dr. Haddad will address possible changes to the management of your diagnosis and first treatment plan because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as questions to ask your healthcare team about the future.

Dr. Haddad will take your questions and comments live throughout her presentation.

The Power of Connection: The Caregiving Relationship (pre-recorded)
Michelle Ferretti, LCSW, OSW-C

This session will explore the rewards and challenges of caregiving, including the basics of how our bodies react to these rewards and challenges. Learn about how individual responses to stress can influence communication, compassion, and well-being. And take away strategies that can be incorporated into your full life as a caregiver. 


Medical Update: HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer (pre-recorded)
Reshma L. Mahtani, DO

About 20 percent of breast cancers are HER2 positive, testing positive for a protein called human epidermal growth factor receptor 2, or HER2. In this session, learn about the latest treatment options targeting HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer and hear about research in the pipeline. Get informed about recently approved medicines and how they fit into ongoing treatment.

CONNECT! Chat with Dr. Mahtani in the Meet the Experts Meet-up starting at 3:00 p.m. (ET) 


Medical Update: Hormone Receptor-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer (pre-recorded)
Stephanie L. Graff, MD

Hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancers test positive for estrogen (ER-positive) or progesterone (PR-positive) receptors, or both, and often respond to anti-estrogen therapies. This session will detail FDA approved and pipeline hormonal therapies, targeted therapies, and chemotherapy treatments used in this subtype of metastatic disease. Get informed about recently approved medicines and how they fit into ongoing treatment.

CONNECT! Chat with Dr. Graff in the Meet the Experts Meet-up starting at 3:00 p.m. (ET) 


Medical Update: Triple-Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer (pre-recorded)
Rita Nanda, MD

Triple-negative breast cancer is defined by the cancer’s lack of three receptors – estrogen, progesterone, and HER2. Join this session to learn about research to find targets and develop new therapies, as well as treatments in use today. Get informed about recently approved medicines and how they fit into ongoing treatment.

CONNECT! Chat with Dr. Nanda in the Meet the Experts Meet-up starting at 3:00 p.m. (ET) 


Afternoon Keynote (live)
Shared Voices: Learning From Each Other
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Panelists: Jennifer Bires, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Abigail Johnston, Sheila McGlown, Ruth Pfeffer and Chawnte Randall

Listen to, learn from, and share with a panel of your peers. Topics will include making treatment decisions, managing uncertainty, coping with “really tough stuff,” getting support, parenting, managing close relationships, and navigating work and finances. We’ll also explore the impact of COVID-19 on the ways we can learn and support one another at this time.

 Our panelists will take your questions and comments throughout the discussion.

 

Sunday, June 14

Keynote Presentation (live)
Living Well: Managing Symptoms and Side Effects
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Don Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO

Managing side effects is crucial to living well with metastatic breast cancer. Get the information and tools you need to manage the physical and emotional impact of metastatic breast cancer and its treatments.

Dr. Dizon will take your questions and comments live throughout his presentation.

 

Breakout Sessions


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Medical Marijuana to Manage Symptoms and Side Effects (live)
Moderator: Abigail Johnston
Panelists: Sara Jane Ward, PhD and Brooke Worster, MD, FACP

Join this panel discussion to hear about the risks and benefits of using medical cannabis to manage symptoms and side effects. Hear where the research is leading us, and learn how to talk to your providers, what questions to ask, and where to get more information.

Our panelists will take your questions and comments live throughout the discussion.


Treating Brain Mets (live)
Christina Irene Tsien, MD
Alexandra S. Zimmer, MD

Presented by Dr. Tsien, a radiation oncologist, and Dr. Zimmer, a research physician, this session covers the latest news in understanding and treating brain metastases. Get methods for addressing side effects and maintaining quality of life, and learn how to make informed decisions as treatment plans evolve.

Our presenters will take your questions and comments live throughout their presentations.


The System Is Broken: Understanding the Financial Burden of Cancer (live)
Andrea Incudine, MPH
Jackie Lake, LSW

No one plans for a cancer diagnosis, let alone the financial burden that it can bring, but there are ways to combat it. Join this session, presented by Family Reach, to learn more about these issues, as well as innovative solutions helpful to you today and in the future. Courtesy of Family Reach, download a free copy of the Adult Financial Guidebook prior to joining this session.

Our presenters will take your questions and comments live throughout their presentation.


Coping with Collective Grief (pre-recorded)
Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD

In this session, we will discuss the implications of daily loss while living with MBC. There are both subtle and profound losses that can influence feelings of sadness, anxiety, and depression. Kelly will discuss the concept of anticipatory grief and also how important it is to name your losses and allow others in for support. 

CONNECT! Chat with Kelly in the Meet the Experts Meet-up starting at 3:00 p.m. (ET) 

 

Closing Keynote (live)
Refresh & Restore: Resilient with Metastatic Breast Cancer

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Yael Flusberg

Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with MBC for years, tapping into your resilience can help you fill your life with a sense of support, meaning, and hope. In this experientially rich program, learn about resilience and what it might look like for you. Join us as we explore mindfulness, movement, and journaling — with the goal of finding what speaks to you — as we close our time together.

 

 

Meet-up Options

Head to the Lounge to join one of our Meet-ups. Attendee Meet-ups will have live moderators on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (ET) and again from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (ET). We will also have special Meet the Expert Meet-ups each day so you can talk with some of our presenters who pre-recorded their sessions.

Attendee Meet-ups

First-Timer's Meet-up
Sponsored by Q BioMed
Connect with first-time attendees and make new friends! Moderated by LBBC's Conference Advisory Committee and Hear My Voice Advocates, be welcomed by others who once were new to this conference and now give back by sharing their own experiences living with mets.

Newly Diagnosed Meet-up
Learning you have metastatic breast cancer can feel overwhelming. Join this meet-up to connect with others who are newly diagnosed, and hear from our meet-up moderators who are living with metastatic breast cancer and have been where you are – newly diagnosed and finding their bearings.

Young Women’s Meet-up
Connect with young women living with metastatic breast cancer. Make new friends, give and get peer support, and share tips and resources that have been helpful to you.

Caregivers Meet-up
Whether you are a partner, spouse, family member or friend, this is a space just for you. Join this caregivers’ meet-up to connect to others like you, to explore common concerns, and to share support and resources.

LBBC Leadership Volunteer Meet-up
A space for LBBC’s Leadership volunteers corps to meet and exchange ideas. Whether you are a Young Advocate, a Community Connector, Helpline or a Hear My Voice advocate volunteer, join this meet-up to connect, make new friends, and share ideas sparked throughout the program.

Mets Meet-up
This meet-up is for all conference attendees to chat, connect and share experiences.

 

Meet the Experts Meet-up


A space to ask your questions and chat with some of our speakers who pre-recorded their session. Speakers will be available for live chat with you during the following times:

Saturday, June 13

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (ET)

  • Dr. Mahtani (speaker for Medical Update: HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer)
  • Dr. Graff (speaker for Medical Update: Hormone Receptor-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer)
  • Dr. Nanda (speaker for Medical Update: Triple-Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer)


Sunday, June 14

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. (ET)

  • Kelly Grosklags (speaker for Coping with Collective Grief)