Susan G. Komen MBC Impact Series

2019 Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference:
Education, Empowerment and Support

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at The Event Center @iPA

Thank You for Joining Us!

Thank you for attending the 2019 Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference: Education, Empowerment and Support on May 5th! This event brought together women and men living with metastatic breast cancer, family members, caregivers, and medical professionals to share relevant information, practical resources and support.

Komen CSNJ thanks our speakers, volunteers, vendors and sponsors for making the event possible. We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2020 Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference!

Check out photos and an event blog post by clicking the buttons below, and watch the following videos to view Dr. Yibin Kang’s research presentation, the event advocacy panel and a wrap-up of the Conference.


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This Conference was designed using feedback from a focus group of metastatic breast cancer patients and caregivers. Thank you to those who participated in the focus group and offered your ideas toward the Conference theme, features and presentation topics. Thank you to MJH Associates, Inc. for hosting the focus group.

Schedule of Events & Presenters

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9 AM
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Vendors 


9:30 AM
Opening Remarks and Welcome
with Melissa Surdez,
Johnson & Johnson



9:45 AM
Local Researcher Presentation
with Dr. Yibin Kang,
Princeton University
“Researching for A Better Treatment
for Bone Metastasis of Breast Cancer”



10:45 AM
Refreshments and Session
with Nanrita Nandra,
Bristol-Myers Squibb
“Metastatic Breast Cancer Treatment:
The Next Frontier”



11:15 AM
Breakout Sessions

seth-cohen-2.pngDr. Seth Cohen,
RWJBarnabas Health
“The Effects of Complementary Therapies
on Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients”


marissa-headshot.pngMarissa Fors,
“A Caregiver’s Role: It Takes a Village”


omene-2.pngDr. Coral Omene,
RWJBarnabas Health /
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
“Current Trends in the Treatment
of Metastatic Breast Cancer”


12:15 PM
Healthy Living Demonstration
with Nancy Young,
Licensed Zumba® and Zambini ® Instructor /
22-Year Breast Cancer Survivor /
3-Year Lung Cancer Survivor



12:30 PM
Lunch and Advocacy Panel
with Melissa Surdez and Danielle Pantalone,
Cullari Communications Global

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1:15 PM
Nutrition Presentation
with Michele Gannon and Maria McKeon,
Mary’s Place by the Sea



2 PM
Breakout Sessions

gorsky-1.pngDr. Mila Gorsky,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
“Metastatic Breast Cancer:
What We Have Learned through Clinical Trials”


ignatius-1.pngDr. Nandini Ignatius,
Regional Cancer Care Associates
“Palliative Care: Pain Management
for Metastatic Breast Cancer”


robles-1.pngEvelyn Robles-Rodriguez,
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
“Debunking Metastatic Breast Cancer
and Treatment Myths”


3 PM
Closing Address


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