Breast Cancer Issues Conference

Save the Date!  New time of the year and new location!

April 4, 2020

Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach

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

Keynote Speaker:

Melanie A. Nix
“Permission to Change”

Melanie is a determined combatant against devastation and destruction who provides actionable lessons for winning in the face of insurmountable odds. From caregiver to patient, from breastfeeding to breast cancer, cancer can change your life in an instant. Melanie has endured a life changing cancer instant in every decade of her life beginning at age eight with her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, her mother’s recurrences and ultimate death, and Melanie’s own triple negative breast cancer diagnosis at 38.

In 2019, select sessions were simulcast at these locations: 

St. Charles Cancer Center Conference Center

Samaritan PastegaRegional Cancer Center

Hood River
Providence Hood River

Providence Medford Medical Center

Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Center for Health Education

FAQ & General Information

Online registration will open mid-January 2020 for the April 4, 2020 conference.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations will be accepted, in writing, until March 31, 2020.

A limited number of general scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis. Scholarships will be prioritized for individuals who demonstrate financial need, and will only be given to individuals who have, or have had breast cancer. Contact the Komen office to request a scholarship- 503.552.9160.

Attendees with Metastatic Breast Cancer
Thanks to sponsor funding, the first 50 registrants who are living with MBC will be able to attend at no cost. Please select the ticket type “living with stage IV/Metastatic breast cancer” on the general attendee registration page to register at no cost.  Also thanks to the Pfizer grant, need-based financial assistance is available to individuals living with metastatic breast cancer, to cover the cost of transportation and/or lodging to attend Komen Oregon & SW Washington metastatic breast cancer events, including the Breast Cancer Issues Conference.  Download the application for more information about eligibility and how to apply.

Continuing Education Credits
Course rosters will be submitted to the appropriate entities for imaging technologists, nurses, and social workers. All attendees requiring CE credits will be given a certificate of completion. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the requirements of his or her state/provincial licensing board(s) and to self-report and CE credits earned. 

  • Nursing: TBD CEUs from the California Board of Registered Nursing
  • Imaging Technology: TBD CEUs from American Society of Radiologic Technologists
  • Social Work: TBD CEUs from National Association of Social Workers
  • PT/OT/Psychology/Counseling/Other: up to 4.5 course / credit hours

Call 503.238.7433 or visit for MAX and bus information.  There will be complimentary parking at the Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach.

Special Accommodations
Please contact the Komen office if any special accommodations are necessary at 503.552.9160.

Past Conference Videos
To view sessions from past conferences, visit the Komen Oregon YouTube channel: Click here

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Ann Berryman, Director of Development and Communications, at

2019 Conference sponsors



Underwriting gift provided by Pfizer

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