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10th Annual Women's Health Conference Series 2020-2021


                               Thank you to everyone who joined us and to all of our generous sponsors and speakers.



Program Summaries and Video Links:                                                                      

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Breast Cancer and the Immune System

Presented by Dr. Alan Sanders, Chief Medical Officer, Acute Care, St. Peter's Health Partners

There is not a recording of this program.


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Sexual Self-Esteem, Intimacy and Breast Cancer

Presented by Bridget Finn, PhD of Capital Region Center for Sexual Health

A cancer diagnosis can have a profound affect on the body and wreak havoc with our emotions. Dr. Bridget M. Finn, Founder and President of the Capital Region Center for Sexual Health speak on the topic, addressing many perspectives. This one hour presentation includes a great Q&A period from the audience - excellent questions with insightful and practical responses. Presentation recorded November 10, 2020.


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Cardiac Health and Breast Cancer

Presented by Dr. Heather Stahura of Capital Cardiology Associates

Presentation by Dr. Heather Stahura, Albany based cardiologist with Capital Cardiology Associates addresses treatment and issues that can affect heart health, short term and long term. Her presentation highlights proactive measures that can and will benefit survivors/thrivers. Presentation recorded December 2, 2020.


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The Effects of Breast Cancer and Treatment on Bone Health

Presented by Dr. Mary Pat Roy of Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Presentation on the Effects of Breast Cancer and Treatment on Bone Health. Dr. Mary Pat Roy, a specialist in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism reviews key elements of good bone health. Presentation addresses the decision process made during treatment considerations and insight into how to assess and understand your situation today. Presentation recorded on December 17, 2020.


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Cognitive Health and Breast Cancer Treatment

Presented by Jennifer Bremser, C.A.S., PhD of SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury

Dr. Jennifer Bremser, Associate Professor of Psychology/Neuroscience at SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury gives an informative talk on brain function following treatment for breast cancer. Dr. Bremser, herself a breast cancer survivor, addresses cognitive function and offers insight to help us understand and cope with short term and long terms cognitive challenges. This talk was presented on January 12, 2021.


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Metastatic and Complex Breast Cancer Diagnoses

Presented by Dr. Ajaz Khan, MD, Medical Director for Medical Oncology at St. Peter’s Medical Oncology – Hematology, a practice of St. Peter’s Health Partners Medical Associates

Completing our Women's Health Conference Series, Dr. Ajaz Khan speaks to the advancements made in the treatment of metastatic and complex breast cancer. The prognosis for such a diagnosis has changed dramatically over these past few years. We recognize there were some technical issues with our connectivity for this presentation. Presentation recorded on January 26, 2021.


Past Women's Health Conference presenters and topics:


The Role of Nutrition and Weight Management in Breast Cancer- Jennifer Lindstrom, MD

Key Concepts and Advancements in Breast Cancer-David Mastrianni, MD

Innovations in Drug Therapy for Metastatic Breast Cancer-Douglas Conklin PhD

Medical Cannabis and its Role in Breast cancer-Theodore Hausler, DO

The Effects of Breast Cancer and its Treatment on Bone Health-Hassan Shawa, MD

Stress Busters: Self Care Strategies-Joan Bender, MA, LMHC, HC, BCST

Using Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care-Liza Pollock, L.Ac., M. Ac.O.M.

Acknowledging and Addressing Patient Trauma and Distress After Cancer Diagnosis-Jennifer Baldwin, LMSW, OSW-C

The Restorative Power of Sleep-Pierre Zimmerman, M.S. 

Writing Your Safe Space-Ruth Ann Smalley, PhD


Building a Better Immune System - Elizabeth Boham, MD MS, RD

Exploring Nano-Medicine in Cancer Treatment - Sara Brenner, MD, MPH

The Impact of Inflammation on Breast Cancer Risk and Treatment - Ronald Stram, MD

Current Research into Breast Cancer - Jason Herschkowitz, PhD

Communication Skills to Address the "Whole" Person in Treatment - Carole Heaney RN, MS

Interdisciplinary Care Across the Cancer Continuum - Karen Martin, RN, Frances Ford LMSW

Palliative Support for Patients in Treatment - Elizabeth Hanlon, RN, Angela Katrichis, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Managing Pelvic Floor Issues After Cancer Treatment - Emily Hull, PT, DPT

Advances in Diagnostic Radiology - Andrew Warheit, MD


Genomics Today - Douglas Conklin, PhD

Advances in the Local Treatment of Breast Cancer - Duncan Savage, MD

Changes in Staging for Breast Cancer - B. Marie Ward, MD

When Legal Issues Become Health Problems - Alexis Kutski, Esq

Using Nanotechnology to Understand Breast Cancer Metastasis - James Castracane, Phd

Understanding Clinical Trials - Amy Zuchelkowski, RN, MS

Psychological Issues in Breast Cancer - Edwqrd Dick, LCSW

Research in Lymphedema Diagnosis and Treatment - Geralding Pfeiffer, PT CLT-LANA

Trauma Informed Breast Cancer Treatment & Care - Wendy Gapczynski - DVHRT


Vitamin D – Jo Ellen Welsh

Immune Therapy – Maria Theodoulou Md

Breast Cancer Drug therapy – Michael Masterson RPh

Post Cancer Screening – Liz Malloy RTR

Breast Cancer Risk Reduction – Heidi Pucs MD

On Being Mortal - Patricia Ford MD

Lymphedema – Mary Ryan CLT

Costs of Cancer Treatment – Jenny Romero MD


Radiation Therapy – Arsyl DeJesus, MD

Hormones in Breast Cancer – Jo Ellen Welsh, PhD

Treating HR Positive Breast Cancer – Rufus Collea

Living with Cancer as a Chronic Illness – Patricia Fennell LCSW-R

Genetics in Breast Cancer - Lindsey Moore MS

Reconstruction Update – Kristen Rezak MD

Complementary Therapy Benefits – Sharon Wheeler MS

Types of Breast Cancer – Martin Tenniswood PhD

Gynecological Cancers – Heidi Goodoy MD