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Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM EST

Breast Cancer Recurrence: Managing the Fear & Living Your Life 

Two-time breast cancer Survivor, Lillie Shockney, RN., BS, MAS, ONN-CG, will speak on the topics of fear and anxiety around breast cancer recurrence, coping with that fear so it doesn’t paralyze survivors from living their lives, and quality of life as a priority. There will be a Q&A at the end.

Lillie Shockney was the former Director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, Baltimore, Maryland. She is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in health administration from Saint Joseph’s College, New York, and a master of administrative science from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Ms. Shockney is a published author and nationally recognized speaker on breast cancer, having written 15 books and more than 300 articles on the subject. She is also editor-in-chief of Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship. She is the co-founder and Program Director of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators, the consultant for breast cancer for national ABC News and Good Morning America, and is consulted regularly by the Today Show and CNN. She serves on the medical advisory board of 34 national breast cancer organizations, and is the co-founder and vice president of a national nonprofit organization called Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer. Ms. Shockney is an active clinical researcher, with a focus on quality-of-life issues for survivors, as well as a strong advocate for patients with stage IV breast cancer. In 2008, the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees appointed Lillie Shockney to a physician chair as a University Distinguished Service Assistant Professor of Breast Cancer. It was the first time in the history of the institution that a hospital nurse has been appointed to a distinguished service designation. Since then she has become a full professor of surgery and oncology in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Ms. Shockney has received 46 national and 6 state awards, including being named by Johnson & Johnson as the Most Amazing Nurse in America.


Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 10:00 AM-11:30 AM EST

Psychological Trauma and Breast Cancer

Cheryl Hysjulien, RN, PsyD will present on the stress and trauma of a breast cancer diagnosis, the sympathetic nervous system response, and about post-traumatic growth, and mind-body tools for mitigating stress and trauma around a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. There will be a Q&A at the end.

Dr. Hysjulien is a registered nurse and licensed clinical psychologist at the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, in North Dakota, specializing in health psychology with further specialization in psycho-oncology. She has worked in healthcare for over 40 years, initially being trained as a registered nurse and working in medical, surgical, and intensive care units. Dr. Hysjulien went on to become a clinical psychologist. She trained in mind body-based medicine approaches at Herbert Benson’s Mind Body Institute at Harvard Medical School and has continued to train in mind-body integrative modalities for their use in health psychology. Dr. Hysjulien has spent her 40-year medical career as a champion of holistic integrated approaches for patients and training medical staff about integrative healthcare. She has practiced in a wide range of health psychology areas including eating, cardiovascular, neurological, genetic, and other medical disorders. Her passion, however, lies in working with oncology patients and teams where she has spent over 20 years developing integrative holistic care for oncology patients.


Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 9:00 AM-10:30 AM EST

Nutrition for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors


Oncology Nutritionist, Julie Bosworth, RD, LDN, will present on practical and scientifically-sound nutrition for breast cancer patients and survivors. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, at age 41, Ms. Bosworth will speak from the perspective of nutrition expert, as well as breast cancer patient and survivor. There will be a Q&A at the end.

 Julie Bosworth, RD, LDN, is an oncology nutritionist, registered and licensed dietitian, and Senior Dietitian at Dana Farber Cancer Institute with special training and skill in assessing, diagnosing, and treating dietary and nutritional problems. Ms. Bosworth received her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at Brigham and Women’s/Harvard. Dietetics is a medical specialty focused on the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease, including cancer. Ms. Bosworth provides nutrition counseling and specializes in oncology and survivorship, gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, weight loss, and healthy lifestyle.  She also works in private practice and has worked at Brigham and Women’s, Massachusetts General, the Faulkner Hospital, and University of Maryland Medical Center.

Thursday, January 13, 2022, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM EST

Integrative Therapies in Breast Cancer Care

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, will speak on the role of integrative therapies, in complementing more conventional breast cancer care and mitigating the side effects of breast cancer treatment and the use of aromatase inhibitors, to meet treatment goals and maintain the best quality of life possible.  There will be a Q&A at the end.

Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS, is an Integrative Medicine Specialist and the Director of Integrative Breast Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; a Diplomate, American Board of Medical Acupuncture (DABMA) from Helm Medical Institute in California, completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and is board certified in Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. Dr. Bao is a Breast medical oncologist who takes an integrative medicine approach to cancer care incorporating complementary therapies into cancer treatment to promote patient’s physical strength and mental resilience. Such therapies include diet and lifestyle, mind-body therapies, physical exercise, acupuncture, and massage therapy. She also counsels patients on dietary supplements so they can avoid risks associated with their improper use. Dr. Boa’s research interests include the efficacy and mechanisms of complementary therapies in oncology practice. As principal investigator and author of a number of clinical trials, she examines the effectiveness of acupuncture and explores the mechanisms by which it may improve quality of life for cancer patients. She also writes review and opinion articles, reviews manuscripts for professional journals, and is a member of the NCI Physician Data Query Complementary and Alternative Medicine Editorial Board.


Past Women's Health Conference presenters and topics:

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Breast Cancer and the Immune System - Dr. Alan Sanders

Sexual Self-Esteem, Intimacy and Breast Cancer - Bridget Finn, PhD

Cardiac Health and Breast Cancer - Dr. Heather Stahura

The Effects of Breast Cancer and Treatment on Bone Health - Dr. Mary Pat Roy

Cognitive Health and Breast Cancer Treatment - Jennifer Bremser, C.A.S., PhD

Metastatic and Complex Breast Cancer Diagnoses - Dr. Ajaz Khan, MD


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