Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and prioritizing the health of our community, our Wisconsin Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference is going virtual and will be a part of the Susan G. Komen MBC Impact Series. This national series will bring the Metastatic Breast Cancer community together virtually to learn from leading MBC experts and engage with each other over several sessions.

When: November – December

Where: Virtual via Whova

There is no cost to attend and you only need to register once to get access to all events in the series.

Register before November 6 and receive a Komen WI Virtual MBC Conference Welcome & SWAG Box mailed right to your door!

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    Tuesday, November 10 – 11:30 pm-3:30 pm CST
    Topic: MBC Voices: A Patient-Led Conversations
    Presenters: Metastatic Patients from different states

    Thursday, November 12 – 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm CST
    Topic: Metastatic Triple Negative: What You Should Know
    Presenter: Dr. Laura Farrington, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

    Tuesday, November 19 – 2:30 pm-3:30 pm CST
    Topic: Financial Planning Considerations After a MBC Cancer Diagnosis
    Presenters: Linda Glaudell, MSW LCSW OSW-C, Oncology Social Worker, Ascension | Columbia St. Mary’s and Jay A. Neary, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)

    Monday, November 30th at 3:00 – 4:15 pm CST
    Topic: Tell Me More! What’s New in Metastatic Breast Cancer
    Presenter: Dr. George Sledge, Jr., Professor and Chief in the Division of Oncology at the Stanford Cancer Center

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST
    Topic: Pain, weakness and fatigue in metastatic breast cancer: impacts on length and quality of life and what to do about it
    Presenter: Leslie J. Waltke, PT, DPT, Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist, Waltke Cancer Rehabilitation Academy

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST
    Topic: MBC Side Effect Management: Holistic Support for Conventional Treatment
    Presenter: Michelle Smekens, ND, LDN, FABNO, Naturopathic Oncology Provider, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Chicago

    Tuesday, November 10 – 11:00 pm-12:30 pm CST
    Topic: MBC Voices: A Patient-Led Conversations

    Description:
    For some patients, breast cancer isn’t a one-time event. During this session, we will hear from a group of metastatic patients who wills hare how they have been living with metastatic breast cancer, how they hold on to hope and what motivated them to become an advocate.

    Presenter:

    Metastatic Patients from different states

    Thursday, November 12 – 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm CST
    Topic: Metastatic Triple Negative: What You Should Know

    Description:
    Dr. Laura Farrington from Cancer Treatment Centers of America® presents on Metastatic Triple Negative Breast Cancer – who it affects, the latest treatment options and what are common side-effects

    Presenter:

    Dr. Laura Farrington from Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
    Laura C. Farrington, DO, is a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago. After spending most of her childhood caring for relatives with cancer, she believes she was born to be an oncologist.

    Board certified in medical oncology, Dr. Farrington is a member of numerous professional organizations, including American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Medical Women’s Association, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society for Neuro-Oncology and Connective Tissue Oncology Society. Click here to read more about Dr. Farrington’s biography.

    Tuesday, November 19 – 2:30 pm-3:30 pm CST
    Topic: Financial Planning Considerations After a MBC Cancer Diagnosis

    Description:
    This presentation will highlight various financial planning considerations to be aware of while navigating the financial burden of cancer. Topics will include:

        • -Accessing retirement funds early – optimal ways to access retirement funds prior to age 59.5
          -Coronavirus relief, a high-level summary of important/relevant CARES Act relief measures
          -Debt repayment and loan forgiveness
          -Cash flow & budgeting
          -Life insurance after cancer

    Presenters:

    Linda Glaudell, MSW LCSW OSW-C, Oncology Social Worker, Ascension | Columbia St. Mary’s

    Ms. Linda Glaudell is a Board-Certified Oncology Social Worker with more than three decades experience assisting patients and their families with accessing the social support and services they need. Linda has worked with the Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Cancer Center for the past fourteen years and came to this position after seventeen years of work as a brain injury case manager with Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute. Linda has advocated for and connected cancer survivors to local, state and federal resources. Linda’s passion and flair for her work is evident in her tireless dedication and has precipitated her involvement in multiple events and educational efforts for her patients.

     

    Jay A. Neary, CFP®, CLTC®, CEPS, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)
    Jay Neary is a Certified Financial Planner™ with SVA Financial Group, and has been serving in a financial planning role with SVA for nearly 6 years. Cancer has had an impact on Jay’s life, and has influenced his professional trajectory in a variety of ways. Over time, Jay has been able to witness the transformation of these experiences into something positive. Utilizing his expertise in financial planning, Jay is hopeful he can help individuals and families navigate different options and strategies available to people touched by cancer. Jay is passionate about serving the community, and has volunteered his time as a Friendly Visitor with Horizon Hospice, and currently as a Financial Planner with Family Reach, a national non-profit dedicated to reducing the financial burden of cancer.

    On a personal level, Jay is married to Jamie, a former Oncology Nurse Practitioner, and are kept busy and entertained by their 3 children.

    Monday, November 30th, 2020 – 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm CST
    Topic: Tell Me More! What’s New in Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Description:
    Get the most current information on scientific breakthroughs, treatments, clinical trials, patient support and quality of life for metastatic/stage IV breast cancer (MBC).

    Presenter:

    Dr. George Sledge, Jr., Professor and Chief in the Division of Oncology at the Stanford Cancer Center

    Dr. George Sledge, Jr. went into medicine to help people, and those he wanted to help most, he realized early in his training, were cancer patients. He has devoted his professional life to understanding the biology of cancer and working to improve treatments specifically for breast cancer.

    A former president of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, Sledge was recruited from Indiana University School of Medicine to succeed former Oncology Division Chief Ronald Levy, MD. He received his medical degree at Tulane University, did his residency in internal medicine at St. Louis University and did a fellowship in medical oncology at the University of Texas-San Antonio. He is a noted leader in cancer research, the author of more than 250 scientific publications, and the recipient of numerous awards.

    Read more about Dr. Sledge here.

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST
    Topic: Pain, weakness and fatigue in metastatic breast cancer: their impacts on length and quality of life and what to do about it

    Description:
    The lecture will cover sources of pain, weakness and fatigue, the vast negative impacts they can have, and how to minimize or eliminate them. You will learn self-empowerment strategies to better control of life circumstances that have direct impact on quality of life, length of life, treatment choices, depression and medication side effects.

    Presenter:

    Leslie J. Waltke, PT, DPT, Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist, Waltke Cancer Rehabilitation Academy.

    Leslie J. Waltke, PT, DPT is a physical therapist with a clinical mastery in cancer rehabilitation and Founder of the Waltke Cancer Rehabilitation Academy, a provider of world class cancer rehabilitation continuing education. Since earning her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin in 1988, Dr. Waltke has dedicated most of her career solely to treating the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, integumentary and functional needs of persons during and after treatment for cancer.

    Read more about Dr. Waltke here and here.

    December 8, 2020 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST
    Topic: MBC Side Effect Management: Holistic Support for Conventional Treatment

    Description:
    Integrative oncology and naturopathic support can help breast cancer patients deal with the side effects of cancer treatment. This presentation will dive into holistic approaches to: combat the fatigue that comes with chemotherapy; provide support before and after surgery; boost the immune system and dealing with hot flashes.

    Presenter:

    Michelle Smekens, ND, LDN, FABNO, Naturopathic Oncology Provider, Cancer Treatment Centers of America Chicago

    Michelle Smekens is a naturopathic provider at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Smekens received a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona with a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine. She completed a two-year naturopathic oncology residency at CTCA. Smekens recently co-authored a study on treatment delays in early stage breast cancer with Dennis Citrin, Medical Oncologist. She is currently conducting a study to evaluate naturopathic interventions for women undergoing neo-adjuvant chemotherapy ahead of breast surgery. Smekens belongs to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is a board member for the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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