Research, Early Detection, Survivor Support, Advocacy

Breast Cancer Issues Conference

March 11, 2017 | 8:00am - 3:30pm | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel 
1000 SE Multnomah St. | Portland OR, 97213

The 2017 Breast Cancer Issues Conference provides survivors, support persons, high-risk individuals and health care professionals the opportunity to learn about and discuss breast cancer topics with leading oncologists, doctors, researchers and fellow survivors. Topics will cover emerging research and treatment options, breast cancer risk reduction and quality of life issues.




8:00 - 8:30 am            Check In / Registration / Posters
8:30 - 8:40 am            Welcome 
8:40 - 9:40 am            Keynote Address, David Page, MD
9:40 - 10:00 am         Break / Exhibits / Posters
10:00 - 11:15 am      Session One
11:15 - 11:45 pm      Break / Exhibits / Posters
11:45 - 12:35 pm      Lunch
12:45 - 2:00 pm         Session Two
2:00 - 2:15 pm            Break / Exhibits 
2:15 - 3:30 pm            Closing Session



Session 1 - 10:00am - 11:15 am

Track A: Managing Side Effects of Anti-Estrogenic Drugs, Naturally
Review SERMS and aromatase inhibitors, and discuss evidence-based natural medicine solutions to side effects such as hot flashes, joint pain, and cognitive changes.

 Tina Kaczor, ND, Clinic of Natural Medicine, Eugene, OR
 *Interpretado en Español

Track B: Novel Therapeutics for Metastatic Breast Cancer
Review current therapies, and discuss new therapies in development for metastatic breast cancer.

Zahi Mitri, MD, Oregon Health and Science University

Track C: Radiation for Breast Cancer: What you Need to Know Before, During and After Treatment
Understand how and why radiation is used in treatment, dispel myths, and learn how to manage side effects. 


Katie Deming, MD, Kaiser Permanente NW


Track D: Como manejar los efectos de tratamiento de cáncer del seno
Se hablará sobre los efectos de la quimioterapia, la radiación, las cirugías y los recursos en la comunidad para combatir tales efectos.

Jackie Webb, DNP, FMP-BC, RN, Linfield College


Session 2 - 12:45 - 2:00 pm

Track A: Emotional Impacts of Breast Cancer
Identify the emotional impacts of a breast cancer diagnosis, and discuss coping strategies to manage them.

Tracy Webb, PA, Compass Oncology
   Virginia Hill, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, OSW-C, Compass Oncology

Track B: Understanding the ABCs of Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis
Discuss screening and diagnostic imaging terminology, and understand your pathology report, cancer staging, and prognostic markers.

Kari Thomas, MD, Diagnostic Imaging NW & Legacy Health
   Maryam Farinola, MD, Cascade Pathology Services & Legacy Health

Track C: Vaginal Health for the Breast Cancer Survivor- It's Important

Discuss treatments for conditions that affect vaginal health, and ways to promote health sexuality after cancer.

Nancy Salisbury, MD, Dr. Ngyn, LLC
 *Interpretado en Español

Track D: African Ancestry and High-Risk/Triple Negative Breast Cancer
Presented by Sisters Network of Oregon & SW Washington
Understand the role of genetics in breast cancer disparities, incidence, and outcomes, between White American and African American women.

 Lisa Newman, MD, MPH, FACS, FASCO, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit MI


Closing Session - 2:15pm - 3:30 pm

Surviving to Thriving: Using Mindfulness Meditation to Get You There
Meditation can change your perspective on life's challenges and allow you to cope more effectively with the stressors brought about by dealing with cancer. Discover the benefits of a meditation practice and simple tips to begin to incorporate meditation into your life. Gain a deeper understanding of the science and research behind meditation.

                                                              Barbara Nicholson-Sambuceto, PT, MSPT, CTL-LANA, Providence Health
                                                              Beth Ruml, MSW, LCSW, Providence Health and Sciences
                                                             *Interpretado en Espanol