How do I make informed treatment decisions?
How do you ride the emotional roller coaster of breast cancer?
What are some methods to cope with treatment side effects?
How do patients and their families sustain working relationships with a breast cancer medical team?
What is the role of nutrition and exercise in supporting recovery and reducing a cancer recurrence?
Answers to these and other questions, combined with personal stories of those coping with cancer, will be addressed during the 17th Annual Breast Cancer Conference: Progress, Power and Prevention
of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California
. The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, in the Presidio San Francisco. The 2018 conference is co-sponsored by the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Featuring prominent medical experts, the conference is expected to be filled to capacity exceeding 200 breast cancer survivors and medical professionals. The conference offers answers, the latest research and compassion. Cancer patients and survivors benefit by receiving the trustworthy information they need to make informed decisions about their health. Attendees will emerge from the conference armed with credible information about treatment, the common emotions that follow a cancer diagnosis, how nutrition and exercise support recovery, coping with side effects, relationships and family planning and more.
Some highlights of this year’s conference include:
- Kara Carter, senior vice president of strategy and programs for the California Health Care Foundation, will discuss one of the most talked about health care topics, What’s Going to Happen to My Health Insurance?
- Dr. Pam Munster who co-heads the Center for BRCA Research at UCSF, and a carrier of the BRCA gene, will discuss Hereditary Mutation in Breast Cancer in the New Era of Panel Testing.
- Research Scientist Scarlett Lin Gomez, who holds a joint position at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and UCSF, will share research highlights of racial/ethnic disparities in breast cancer since rates vary by racial/ethnic group.
- Regan Fedric of Sunflower Wellness will get attendees out of their seats in her breakout session, Get Moving Through Cancer: Advice on Exercise. She will also discuss some of the strongest and latest evidence-based research on breast cancer and exercise.
Among the participants who has benefited from the conferences is Ariana N. She’s attended every conference since 2014 – the same year she was diagnosed with Stage 1, Grade 3 breast cancer at the age of 44. She said, “The conference addresses the constellation of concerns that accompany a cancer diagnosis. I enjoy attending the conference each year because the information is delivered in a way that can be understood by both medical practitioners and survivors.”
Another important aspect of the conference is being able to connect with other women. As Helen Handelsman, another frequent attendee, says in the conference video
, “It’s wonderful to be with women who are sharing your ups and downs. Because breast cancer, I find, is an isolating event.”
Since its inception, the conference has benefitted more than 3,000 patients and their family members. Last year, 91 percent of participants rated the conference as excellent or very good. Since CPIC is not a medical facility, attendees get to hear from leading oncologists from across health systems, including including UCSF, Stanford, and Sutter Health.
Dr. Mark C. Rounsaville, a radiation oncologist at California Pacific Medical Center specializing in breast cancer and assistant clinical professor of radiation oncology at the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine, will, for the 17th year, moderate the morning program. He is the author and/or coauthor of numerous scientific journal articles.
Breakfast, lunch and valet parking are included in the registration fee. Online registration closes on February 27.
Visit the CPIC website
for more about the topics that will be presented at the conference. For questions about the conference email email@example.com
or call 510.608.5160.
: Jim Zelinski, Zelinski Public Relations: 925.242.0918, 415.420.6050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Cancer Prevention Institute of California
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. We are the only freestanding research institution working solely to prevent cancer using extensive population data. CPIC researchers study a wide range of cancer risk factors, such as racial/ethnic background, socioeconomic status, age, occupation, gender, genetic predisposition, geographic location, environment and lifestyle to determine how these factors affect frequency, distribution and types of cancers. For more information, visit the CPIC website at www.cpic.org
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