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About the Free Series

Susan G. Komen’s 2021 Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Impact Series will provide people living with metastatic breast cancer and their loved ones a safe, collaborative space to gather information related to MBC and discover practical resources to help make decisions for improved physical and emotional health.

Once you sign up for the 2021 MBC Impact Series, you will be automatically enrolled for all the sessions.

The FREE series will begin in April and continue monthly through December 2021. During each month’s event, you can participate in live sessions with leading experts, hear from individuals living with MBC and gather information from wellness experts.

You’ll also have the opportunity to ask our speakers questions, connect virtually with other attendees and interact with exhibitors.

*Statements and opinions expressed are that of the individual and do not express the views or opinions of Susan G. Komen. This information is being provided for educational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice. Participants should consult their healthcare provider with specific questions or concerns about their treatment.

Event Series Details

All times listed in Central Time Zone, unless otherwise noted.

Monday, April 26
12:30pm-3:00pm CDT

Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) 101

12:30 CDT

Welcome

12:35 CDT

MBC Basics: what it is, the principles & goals of therapy, including bone health, & new treatments for specific MBC subtypes

Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD

1:00 CDT
1:10 CDT

Clinical Trials Intro: different phases & types, & what to ask your doctor when considering participating in a trial

Larissa Korde, MD

1:30 CDT
1:40 CDT

Sponsor Fair & Networking Lounge

2:00 CDT

When I Was First Diagnosed MBC: Stories from MBC Patient(s)

MBC Patient Speaker(s)

2:25 CDT

Q&A

MBC Patient Speaker(s)

2:35 CDT

Wellness: Coping Mechanisms

2:50 CDT

Conclusion


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Monday, May 24
12:30pm –2:45pm CDT
12:30pm CDT

Welcome Remarks

12:35pm CDT

Palliative Care and Hospice Care: The Benefits, Differences and Misconceptions

Dr. Kimberly Curseen

Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services, Emory Healthcare

Stephanie Walker

Patient Advocate & Retired Hospice Nurse

Krista Park-Berry

Director, Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline

1:05pm CDT

Q&A with Dr. Curseen & Stephanie Walker

1:20pm CDT

Sponsor Fair & Chat Lounge

Please use this time visit our sponsors at their Exhibit Booths and connect with other attendees in the Chat Lounge

1:40pm CDT

Stories from Patients: Decisions that have helped me improve my quality of life

Paula Jayne

Patient Advocate

Ashley Johnson-Fernandez

Patient Advocate

Nancy Herard-Marshall

Patient Advocate

2:05pm CDT

Pain Management, including for MBC in the Bone

Dr. Kari Wisinski

Faculty member and Interim Chief, Division of Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine & Public Health

2:20pm CDT

Q&A with Dr. Wisinski

2:30pm CDT

Closing Remarks

Krista Park- Berry

Director, Susan G. Komen Breast Care Helpline


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Wednesday, June 16
1pm-3pm CDT

MBC in the Black Community

1:00 CDT

Welcome

Stephanie McCoy, PhD, MPH, MPS, CHES

1:05 CDT

MBC Issues in the Black community, including triple negative breast cancer

Abenaa Brewster, M.D.

1:30 CDT
1:40 CDT

Sponsor Fair & Networking Lounge

2:00 CDT

MBC Patient Stories: Experience in a Clinical Trial & Becoming Your Own Best Advocate

MBC patient advocates

2:30 CDT

Wellness: Mental Health Needs & Resources

Celeste Vaughan-Briggs, LCSW
Manager, Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson

2:55 CDT

Conclusion

Lisa Hinton, MPH Sr. Manager, Susan G. Komen African American Health Equity Initiative (AAHEI)


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Wednesday, July 14
3:00pm – 4:45pm CDT

MBC Public Policy & Advocacy

3:00 CDT

Welcome

Jamil Rivers

3:05 CDT
3:35 CDT

Sponsor Fair & Networking Lounge

3:55 CDT

MBC Patient Stories: My Role as an Advocate

Jamil Rivers & Tori Geib & Tai Harden-Moore

4:25 CDT

Conclusion

Rebecca Birch


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Thursday, August 5
12:00pm – 2pm CDT
12:05 CDT
12:10 CDT

Financial Issues related to an MBC diagnosis

12:40 CDT

Sponsor Fair & Networking Lounge

1:00 CDT

MBC Patient Advocates with Ashley Fernande

1:05 CDT

Financial, Employment & Legal Issues related to an MBC diagnosis


Thursday, September 23
6:00 – 8:00pm CDT
6:00 CST

Welcome

6:05 CST

MBC Research & Clinical Trials

Filipa Lynce, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

6:35 CST
6:45 CST

MBC to the Bone, including Q&A

7:00 CST

Sponsor Fair & Networking Lounge

7:15 CST

MBC Patient Advocates with Ashley Fernandez, MBC Patient Advocate

7:35 CST

WELLNESS: HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN BENEFIT MBC PATIENTS

7:50 CST

Q&A

7:55 CST

Concluding Remarks


Add to Calendar 09/23/2021 06:00 PM 09/23/2021 08:00 PM America/Chicago Komen MBC Impact Series Please join us for a discussion presented in English focused on MBC in the Hispanic/Latino community, including the latest in research and treatment advances.

Por favor únase a nosotros para una discusión presentada en Inglesa centrada en cáncer de seno metastásico en la comunidad Hispana/Latina, que incluye lo último en avances en investigación y tratamiento
https://komenmbc.vfairs.com/
Add to Calendar 09/23/2021 06:00 PM 09/23/2021 08:00 PM America/Chicago Komen MBC Impact Series Please join us for a discussion presented in English focused on MBC in the Hispanic/Latino community, including the latest in research and treatment advances.

Por favor únase a nosotros para una discusión presentada en Inglesa centrada en cáncer de seno metastásico en la comunidad Hispana/Latina, que incluye lo último en avances en investigación y tratamiento
https://komenmbc.vfairs.com/
Thursday, September 30
6:00 – 8:00pm CDT
6:00 CST

Welcome

6:05 CST

MBC Research & Clinical Trials

Jose Pablo Leone, MD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

6:35 CST
6:45 CST

Sponsor Fair & Networking Lounge

7:00 CST

MBC Patient Advocates with Roxana Guerra, MBC Patient Advocate

7:20 CST

WELLNESS: HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN BENEFIT MBC PATIENTS

7:35 CST

Q&A

7:40 CST

Concluding Remarks


Wednesday, October 13
2:00-4:30pm CDT

Welcome

MBC Patient Advocates with Lesley Glenn, MBC Patient Advocate

Antonio Wolff, MD Johns Hopkins

Ben Ho Park, MD PhD Vanderbilt

Q&A

Sponsor Fair & Networking Lounge

Metastatic Location Breakouts:


Bone metastases

Cynthia Ma, MD, PhDSiteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis


Brain metastases

Neil Vasan, MD, PhD Columbia University Medical Center


Liver/lung metastases

Heather Parsons, MD, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Wellness

Concluding Remarks


Wednesday, November 3
6pm-8pm CST
6:00 CST

Welcome

6:05 CST

Caregiving from a Researchers’ Perspective

Joe Gray, PhDOregon Health & Science University

6:30 CST

Q&A

Joe Gray, PhDOregon Health & Science University

6:40 CST

Sponsor Fair & Networking Lounge

7:00 CST

MBC Patient & Caregiver: How Can Your Caregiver Help You? How Can You Help Your Caregiver?

MBC Patient & Their Caregiver(s)

7:25 CST

Wellness: Caregiver Mental Health & Support Resources

7:40 CST

Q&A

7:50 CST

Concluding Remarks


Sunday, November 14
10am-2pm EST/9am-1pm CST
10:00 am EST

Opening Remarks and Welcome

Melissa Surdez, MBC Thriver and Patient Advocate,Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey Komen Leadership Council Member

10:15 am EST

MBC Research Update

Dr. Shridar GanesanRWJBarnabas Health – The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

11:00am EST

Breakouts

HER2: Dr. Elias Obeid Fox Chase Cancer Center

Triple Negative: Dr. Donna McNamaraHackensack Meridian Health

ER+: Dr. Kamel Abou HusseinMD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

12:00 - 12:15 pm EST

Sponsor Fair & Networking Lounge/Lunch

12:15 – 1:00 pm EST

MBC Patient Panel LIVE Discussion

Melissa Surdez, MBC Thriver and Patient Advocate

Beth Porecca,MBC Thriver and Patient Advocate

Tentative Schedule


Saturday, December 4

Discover practical resources to improve mental health, wellness and support, and participate in interactive sessions on yoga, nutrition, exercise, bone strengthening resources and complementary and integrative therapies.

Additional details coming soon.


Thursday, February 3 , 2022

Unique Issues and Resources for Young Adults Living with MBC

Sponsors

Thank you to the following partners for their support of the Komen MBC Impact Series

National Technology Sponsor

Premier Sponsors

Signature Sponsor

**Sponsors as of August 2, 2021**


Frequently Asked Questions

Metastatic breast cancer (also called stage IV or advanced breast cancer) is breast cancer that has spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body (most often the bones, lungs, liver or brain). It’s estimated there were more than 168,000 women living with metastatic breast cancer in the U.S. in 2020 [1].
1. Mariotto AB, Etzioni R, Hurlbert M, PenberthyL, Mayer M. Estimation of the number of women living with metastatic breast cancer in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 26(6):809-815, 2017.
Anyone who wants to learn more about MBC is welcome. The series is primarily offered for those living with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers, as well as health professionals who provide care or services to those with MBC. You must register with a valid email address to attend the events.
No, you will just need to register once and then we will email reminders about the events each month.
You will return to the event URL at komen.org/mbcseries and login using the email you created during registration. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
No. You do not need to download or install anything to participate. You only need access to the internet.
Yes, the virtual platform will be available throughout the series to all registered participants. Recordings of the live events will be posted to the platform after each event so you can watch on-demand when and where it is convenient for you.
  • Attend the live sessions to learn from MBC researchers, health and wellness professionals, and MBC patients and caregivers, or watch the recorded sessions from previous events
  • Ask questions of speakers during live Q&A sessions
  • Connect and chat with other attendees, particularly those living with MBC and MBC caregivers, as well as partners and sponsors in the Networking Lounge
  • Visit our booth and those of our partners and sponsors in the Exhibit Hall to get relevant information and resources for those living with MBC

Yes. Like many physical events, we will have a participant bag for you, just virtual! You can add available documents by selecting the “My Docs/Videos” button next to the document or video you want to save, then email them to yourself or share items with friends and family by simply entering their email.