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Women's Health Conference

The Women’s Health Conference takes place in mid-November in Latham, NY.   We plan months ahead for this day,  to explore a variety of topics related to breast cancer and women’s health. The conference offers a dozen presentations featuring experts from our community, serving our community. It includes large forum talks and small group workshops.  Topics will be relevant to seasoned health care professionals and survivors whether currently in treatment or well past active treatment. We are proud that the Women's Health Conference has been approved each year to award continuing education credits for Registered Nurses and other nursing professionals. The Conference is free of charge but  registration is required.

Women's Health Conference 2019 

To Life! is proud to present its annual, all-day Women's Health Conference on Tuesday, November 12th at the Carondelet Hospitality Center in Latham, NY. A light breakfast will be provided, followed by three morning presentations, lunch, and three afternoon breakout sessions on topics related to breast cancer and women's health.  This program is offered free or charge. However, registration is required, please use the link below to register online. Registering online is the preferred method for us to get you signed up, because you get to self select which breakout sessions you would like to attend. However, if you do not have access to a computer, you may call the Delmar office (518-439-5975) to register over the phone.

Link to Registration

Testimonials from past attendees:

"I learned so much and the speakers were great!"

"The speakers and staff were so friendly!  I loved having the ability to meet presenters and survivors in such a comfortable environment."

"I loved how friendly all the participants were. The day was very informative and I learned more here than I did at my doctor’s office."

"I loved interacting with clinical professionals and survivors."

Past presenters and topics:


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


Patient-Centered Cancer Care – Sabrina Mosseau, OCN

Nano Medicine – Nicole Neu-Baker MPH

Breast Screening Panel – Kirsten Cestaro, Karen Tedesco, Sabrina Mosseau, Mara Ginsberg

Disparities in Health Care - MA Wilma Alvarado-Little

Cultural Literacy – MA Wilma Alvarado-Little

Being Your Own Health Care Advocate – Beth Van Bladel, Capital Region Patient Advocacy

Hyperbaric Treatment – Kevin Harrison MD

Medical Benefits of Complementary Therapy – Diane Stredny RN

Lymphedema – Sandie Sanderson BSMS

Massage Therapy – Mary Sloan LMT

Oncology Nutrition – Joyce Bagyi RD

Developing Resilience – Lorriaine Seidel MS RN


Reconstruction Options – Malcom Roth MD

Genomics - Douglas Conklin PhD

Cancer Research and Clinical Trials Panel - Lawrence Garbo, Gerry Ann Currier, Danielle Cookes MPH

Cultural Sensitivity – Arsyl DeJesus MD

BPA Issues – Martin Tenniswood PhD

Medical Marijuana – Eileen Koniezny RN, Julie Netherland PhD

Obesity and Cancer – Mark Pettus MD

Intimacy after Breast Cancer – Vicki Yattaw

Screening Options – Michael Masone RT, Tasha Ostapezu, NYS Cancer Services


Cancer Genomics Research – Douglas Conklin PhD

Breast and Gynecological Cancers - Maureen Killackey MD

Inflammation – Ann Tobin MD

Genetic Testing – Luba Djurdjinovic, MS

Advancements in Treatment and Detection - Donna Petrocola, MD

Prevention of Breast Cancer – Thomas Anderson MD

Cultural Sensitivity in Treatment – Ladan Alomar, Centro Civico

Managing Treatment Side Effects - Ronald Stram MD

Oncology Nutrition – Jennifer Ives RD

Meditation – Tom Bojarski, Ed D


Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment - Martin Tenniswood PhD

Cancer Services Program Screening Services - Kathy DiCaprio

Cultural Sensitivity, Engaging Minority Populations - Ladan Alomar, Centro Civico

How Genes Affect Your Health – BRCA I&2, Janet Gargiula MD

Newly Diagnosed – What to do? Sabrina Mosseau, OCN

Lymphedema - Kathryn Anilowski MS, CLT

Hormone Status Significance – Jenny Romero MD

Hyperbaric Treatment - Ivan Hernandez MD

Fitness and Nutrition Tools - Mary Katherine Ibbetson Certified Personal Trainer

Rebuilding Life after Cancer - Karen Carey Life Coach

Finding a Spiritual Center in Cancer Wellness - Diane Cameron Pascone

Managing Treatment Side Effects with Complementary Therapies - Ronald Stram MD