Susan G. Komen® Orange County is committed to being of service
to people who are touched by metastatic breast cancer.

With an estimated 154,000+ women currently living with metastatic breast cancer in the
United States and approximately 1,000 in Orange County, Komen Orange County is working
to create a community of those living with the disease, their caregivers, and medical professionals
to share new information, practical resources, and support.

On March 30, 2019, Komen OC and its partners will host a day-long conference to gather, engage,
and provide expert information to people living with metastatic breast cancer. This conference
– the first of its kind in Orange County – will cover the biology of metastatic breast cancer,
advances in treatment, emerging research, new medications and clinical trials as well as address
the psychological and social issues faced by those living with MBC and caregivers.

This event will be at no cost to participants. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, March 30, 2019
8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
UCI Conference Center
A311 Student Center I Irvine, CA



8:00 A.M. Continental Breakfast
Optional breakfast activities include: expo area with sponsor and resource booths & scientific research posters, networking

8:45 A.M. Opening Remarks and Welcome
Welcoming Remarks: Megan Klink, Executive Director, Susan G. Komen Orange County
Metastatic Patient Testimonial: Sandra Spivey, Conference Chair, Susan G. Komen Advocates in Science Committee

9:00 A.M. Local Researcher Presentation
“Understanding Breast Cancer Types, Metastatic Disease and Recent Breakthroughs in Breast Cancer Metastasis Research”
Dr. Devon Lawson, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physiology and Biophysics, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine

9:45 A.M. Keynote Address
“Komen’s National Research Portfolio” and introduction of keynote speaker
Krissa Smith, Senior Director, Research Programs, Susan G. Komen

Keynote Address: “A SMMART* approach to achieving durable and tolerable control of metastatic breast cancer”
Komen Scholar Dr. Joe W. Gray, Professor and Gordon Moore Endowed Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Director, Oregon Health & Science University Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine, Associate Director for Biophysical Oncology, Knight Cancer Institute *SMMART = Serial Measurements of Molecular and Architectural Responses to Therapy

10:45 A.M Break & REFRESHMENTS

11:00 A.M. Moderated Breakout Sessions by Subtype  


Her2 Positive Breast Cancer
Dr.  Farah M. Brasfield, Hematology/Oncology, Kaiser Permanente

Estrogen Positive Breast Cancer
Dr. Rita S. Mehta, Oncology, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCI

Triple Negative Breast Cancer 
Dr. Merry L. Tetef, Oncology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

12:00 P.M. Lunch
Optional lunch activities include: outside dining, expo area with sponsor and resource booths & scientific research posters, photo booth, networking

1:15 P.M. Guided Exercise Activity
Deedee Weathers-Cox, Physical Therapy Assistant, The Center for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, St. Joseph Hospital

1:30 P.M. Moderated Breakout Sessions by Location of Metastasis


Brain Metastasis
Dr. Frank P.K. Hsu, Neurosurgeon, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCI

Bone Metastasis
Dr. Wade Smith, Oncology, Breastlink and Dr. Jennifer Kujak, PET/CT Radiologist at RadNet

Lung Metastasis
Dr. Samina Ahmed, Hematology/Oncology, Kaiser Permanente

Liver and Visceral Metastasis
Dr. Louis A. Vandermolen, Oncology, Keck Medicine of USC

2:30 P.M. Concurrent Panel Discussions: Those living with Metastatic Breast Cancer and Caregivers

Those Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer: “Symptom Management for Body and Mind” Hoag Healing Breast Cancer Survivorship Team
Moderated by: Dr. Sadia Khan, FACS Director of Integrative Breast Oncology
Featuring: Dr. Stephanie Buehler, Psychologist; Dr. Vincent Nguyen, Hoag Palliative Care Director; Dr. Louis A. Vandermolen, Oncology, Keck Medicine of USC; Anusha Wijeyakumar, Mindfulness and Meditation Coach; and Jessica Woodruff, Registered Dietitian.

Caregivers: “Taking Care of SoMEone Else!”
Presentations by: Cancer Legal Resource Center; Experian – Financial Literacy; Dr. Gregory A. Weiss, UCI Researcher and Co-survivor; and Dr. Lari Wenzel, UCI Psychologist – Cancer Survivorship

3:30 P.M. Break & Refreshments

3:45 P.M. Closing Address

“The Changing Landscape of Metastatic Breast Cancer: Your Voice Matters”
Sandra Spivey, Conference Chair, Susan G. Komen Advocates in Science Committee

4:00 P.M. End

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