PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC), the national education and support organization, has opened registration for its 22nd annual fall conference, to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Breast Cancer Today: Individual Treatments, Shared Experiences will feature programming developed in collaboration with the country's most respected oncology and wellness professionals. General session speakers include: Virginia Borges, MD, MMSc, director, Young Women's Breast Cancer Translational Program, University of Colorado Cancer Center; Lu Ann Cahn, reporter, WCAU-TV, cancer survivor and author of the inspirational memoir, I Dare Me (PERIGEE: 2014); Clifford A. Hudis, MD; Chief, Breast Cancer Medicine Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Rita Nanda, MD, Associate Director, Breast Medical Oncology Program, University of Chicago Medicine; and Marisa C. Weiss, MD, president and founder, Breastcancer.org.
A limited number of travel grants and conference fee waivers will be made available for those who qualify.
In order to meet the growing needs of women who have questions surrounding a particular type of breast cancer, participants will be able to customize the conference experience by selecting which general sessions, presentations and breakouts they wish to attend. In addition, the conference will offer tracks specific to three types of breast cancer:
- Triple-negative, for those whose cancer is estrogen-, progesterone- and HER2-negative (this track presented in partnership with Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation);
- Hormone receptor-positive or HER2+, for those with hormone-positive, HER2-positive breast cancer, or both; and
- Metastatic, for those managing all types of stage IV disease.
"LBBC designed this conference so that participants can easily access information that is relevant to their specific situation," says LBBC CEO Jean Sachs, MSS, MLSP. "Our attendees can follow one of our breast-cancer-specific tracks or they can attend sessions on topics of their choosing. These will include workshops and discussion groups for young women, women at high risk for developing breast cancer, and healthcare providers seeking to better understand the psychosocial needs of people impacted by the disease."
"The conference design recognizes a trend we have been seeing in individuals wanting specific information about their diagnoses and treatments," says Catherine Ormerod, MSS, MLSP, LBBC's vice president of programs and partnerships. "At the same time, they also want to network with others and share the experiences that are common to all attendees."
The day will therefore feature social time for attendees, and a closing general session that will bring conference goers together for an interactive conversation with Weiss and Borges. The two will explore quality of life issues across the breast cancer spectrum during "Thriving! A Discussion on Living Well: Body, Mind and Soul."
Complete conference details including how to register, travel grant and fee waiver eligibility, general session and breakout session descriptions and information on the conference's speakers are available at lbbc.org/fallconference or by calling (855) 807-6386.
Transcripts, video and MP3 podcasts of select presentations will also be available online following the conference.
Breast Cancer Today: Individual Treatments, Shared Experiences is made possible due to the generous support of partners and sponsors including Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, Eisai and Novartis Oncology.
About Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. LBBC addresses the current needs of people affected by breast cancer, whether they are newly diagnosed, in treatment, recovery or living with a history of or managing a metastatic form of the disease. Resources, including publications, webinars, and a peer Helpline, are developed in collaboration with the nation's leading oncologists, health professionals and ally organizations, and delivered by people who understand the physical and emotional complexities of breast cancer. LBBC offers its programs and services in a variety of printed and digital formats; most are free of charge. For more information, visit lbbc.org.
About Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation
The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation strives to be a credible source for triple-negative breast cancer information, a catalyst for science and patient advocacy groups, and a caring community with meaningful services for patients and their families. TNBCF's goals are to ignite interest in the study of triple-negative breast cancer among researchers, physicians, educators and scientists, to support professionals seeking to identify the cause(s) of triple-negative breast cancer and to discover new and effective treatment options. For more information, visit tnbcfoundation.org.
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