Breast Cancer Conference Connects Metastatic Patients, Researchers

Susan G. Komen Puget Sound and breast cancer patients, researchers and healthcare providers are partnering on the second annual Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference: Living Well, Living Longer, Driving Change, September 22-23 at the Amazon Meeting Center in Seattle.

The conference brings patients and caregivers together with medical professionals and scientists for the most current information on breast cancer treatments, research trials, integrative medicine, patient support and issues/advocacy for metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer.

  • Friday, Sept. 22 sessions are open to breast cancer patients of any stage and subtype and their caregivers. Presentations focus on integrative care, inflammation and disease, and nutrition as medicine to help patients better manage their treatment and healing – and potentially to impact disease progression or recurrence.
  • Saturday, Sept. 23 sessions cover the latest news in treatment advances and clinical trials for metastatic/stage IV breast cancer patients, featuring leading researchers and local healthcare providers.

Saturday sessions conclude with a patient advocacy and activism workshop. Panelists on advocacy at the local and national levels include Corrie Painter, PhD (MBC Project), Beth Caldwell (METUP), Shirley Mertz (MBC Network), Bridgette Hempstead (Cierra Sisters), Beth Fairchild (METAvivor), Ruth Etzioni, PhD (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center), and patient advocate Teri Pollastro.

The keynote speaker will be Shawn Johnson, MD, of Harvard Medical School and The Broad Institute, whose research involves disparities in outcomes and clinical trial access among communities of color.  Featured researchers include Dr. VK Gadi and Dr. Julie Gralow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists who also care for breast cancer patients at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Dr. Erin Ellis and Dr. Kristine Rinn of the Swedish Cancer Institute; and University of Washington, Fred Hutch and SCCA researchers Dr. Hannah Linden, Dr. Eric Konnick and Dr. Kevin Cheung.

Event co-chairs are Beth Caldwell and Lynda Weatherby, both of whom are metastatic breast cancer patients and advocates.

Conference attendance is free, but registration is required at komenpugetsound.org/nwmbcc.