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Annual Women's Health Conference Series ~ 2022/2023


Breast Cancer Information Today, Treatment Decisions for Tomorrow.


To Life! presents the twelfth Annual Women’s Health Conference, comprised of four programs. All portions of the conference are free of charge, but advance registration is required for each of the four programs.

Presenters and content are presented so as to be informative to an audience including: cancer survivors and thrivers, healthcare professionals, caregivers and friends interested in hearing from expert professionals in the area of women's health.

Please note the dates for each and plan to sign on at least 5 minutes in advance to get connected and be ready to begin at the specified start time. All programs start at 9:00 AM.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - Missed the program? View recording HERE.

De-Escalating the Surgical Process - Dr. Sarah Pesek, Breast Surgeon, St. Peter's Health Partners

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Dr. Sarah Pesek's talk focused on current surgical options and how physicians tailor treatment to meet patient’s needs and optimize outcome. Dr. Pesek shared insights for evaluating patient factors along with medical facts so patients feel informed about treatment decisions.

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 - 9:00 AM

The Latest Research on Breast Cancer - Douglas Conklin, PhD, Associate Professor, University at Albany, School of Public Health, Cancer Research Center

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Dr. Conklin is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Sciences, at the University at Albany’s Cancer Research Center where he and his group use high-throughput gene function studies to identify new genes important to human cancer cells. Dr. Conklin is a developer of an RNA-based technology that has revolutionized genetic studies in mouse and human cells. His lab uses this to identify and study druggable targets for breast and other cancers. Dr. Conklin and his research group have also shown that inhibiting the lipogenic pathway kills HER2/neu-positive breast cancer cells and prevents tumor initiation in vivo. They have also identified a novel isoform of the B-cell kinase, BTK, as an attractive solid tumor drug target. Dr. Conklin received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed his Postdoctoral at Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory. His areas of expertise include cancer genomics, functional genomics, genetics; and breast cancer. He teaches in both the School of Public Health and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Albany.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022 - 9:00 AM

Cardio-Oncology and Patient Care - Dr. Heather Stahura, Cardiologist, Capital Cardiology Associates

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Dr. Heather Stahura was born and raised in Amsterdam, New York. She graduated summa cum laude from the University at Albany with a major in biology and a dual minor in chemistry and physics. She attended Stony Brook School of medicine. While at Stony Brook Medical School she was a recipient of the gold humanism Honor Society. She completed her internal medicine residency at Northwell Health formally known as North Shore -Long Island Jewish hospital system. After her postgraduate training downstate, she returned home to the capital District to train further in cardiovascular disease at Albany Medical Center. During her fellowship in cardiovascular disease, Dr. Stahura was the recipient of the Biddle award which is given annually to a fellow in cardiology who represents a caring, humanistic, sensitive approach to patient care and patient advocacy in 2018. She remains a member of the American Medical Association and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She has a passion for preventative Cardiology, women’s heart health, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, and coronary artery disease, as well as spearheading the development of the Cardio-Oncology division at CCA. Dr. Stahura is chief of cardiology at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York.

Tuesday, January 10, 2023 - 9:00 AM

How to Read Your Breast Pathology Report - Dr. Sandra Shin, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Albany Medical Center


Dr. Sandra Shin is one of the nation's leading experts in breast pathology. She serves as chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Albany Med and has a long record of providing excellent care and diagnostic interpretation to patients. Dr. Shin serves on the expert breast pathology committee for the National Cancer Institute. She has also served as co-principal investigator or co-investigator on several multi-million-dollar grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Studies conducted in her research program in breast disease have appeared in more than 100 scientific journals, invited reviews, books, and book chapters. She is also the editor of "A Comprehensive Guide to Core Needle Biopsies of the Breast," a 900-page textbook published by Springer. Dr. Shin earned her medical degree from Albany Medical College through its joint degree program with Siena College. She completed her residency and breast fellowship training at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College, where she went on to serve as vice-chair for Education, chief of Breast Pathology, and director of the pathology residency training program and the breast pathology fellowship program before coming to Albany Med.


Past Women's Health Conference presenters and topics:

To view recorded programs click here.


Breast Cancer Recurrence: Managing the Fear & Living Your Life - Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, ONN-CB

Psychological Trauma & Breast Cancer - Cheryl Hysjulien, RN, PsyD

Nutrition for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors - Julie Bosworth, RD, LDN

Integrative Therapiest in Breast Cancer Care - Ting Bao, MD, DABMA, MS


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