Series Agenda

MBC Opening: Hot Topics in MBC (National)

Wednesday, September 16th at 9:00 am – 10:30 am PT
Presenter: Julie R. Gralow, M.D.
Director, Breast Medical Oncology, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Part of the 2020 Komen Virtual MBC Impact Series

Scientific research has identified an increasing number of alterations at the gene and protein level in breast cancers that can serve as a target for therapy. Several new drugs have been recently approved that are directed to these targets, with many other agents under study. It is increasingly clear that a better understanding of a patient’s and a cancer’s unique genetics and genomics can offer new possibilities for individualized treatment of metastatic breast cancer. This talk will review emerging areas in the treatment of breast cancer and exciting areas of ongoing research.

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Clinical Trials: Access and Navigation

Wednesday, September 30th at 9:00 am – 10:30 am PT
Presenter: Hannah Linden, M.D., FACP

Choosing to participate in a clinical trial is an important personal decision. A person’s income shouldn’t dictate whether they can access a clinical trial. Dr. Hanna Linden will help Mets patients understand the importance of the Clinical Trials for the patient, including how to access them and how your provider can help you navigate this process.

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Current Clinical Trials (PDF)


Washington State Social Security & Disability

Wednesday, October 14th at 9:00 am – 10:30 am PT
Presenter: Kirk Larson, Social Security Administration

Social Security helps people work without losing benefits. The Ticket to Work program allows you to receive free employment support services and take advantage of work incentives that make it easier to work and still receive benefits such as health care. Kirk Larson will help Mets patients understand as well as how to navigate this program.

Disability Benefits & How to Apply Online How to Create an Online Social Security Account Supplemental Security Income (SSI)


Washington State Health Insurance Navigation

Wednesday, October 28th at 9:00 am – 10:30 am PT
Presenter: Callista Kennedy, King County Public Health Department

Callista Kennedy from the King County Public Health Department will help Mets patients understand how insurance works, including what other resources are available for patients who are underinsured or uninsured.

Session VideoSession Video (Spanish)

Washington State Health Insurance – Know Your Options (PDF)

Health Insurance Open Enrollment Schedule (PDF)


MBC Voices: A Patient-Led Conversation (National)

Tuesday, November 10th at 9:00 am -10:30 am PT
Presenter: Metastatic Patients from different states

Part of the 2020 Komen Virtual MBC Impact Series

For some patients, breast cancer isn’t a one-time event. During this session, we will hear from a group of metastatic patients who will share how they have been living with metastatic breast cancer, how they hold on to hope and what motivated them to become an advocate.

Session VideoSession Video (Spanish)