Greater Atlanta Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

Join us for our Greater Atlanta Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference. This conference will focus on providing information that is important to those living with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer and their caregivers. Come hear more about topics such as clinical trials, understanding metastatic breast cancer, health & wellness, a breakout for those newly diagnosed, and MUCH MORE!

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Registration, Networking, and Breakfast: 8:00am – 8:45am
Program: 8:45am – 3:30pm

Location: Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center – 800 Spring St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308

Keynote Address
Combating Metastatic Breast Cancer: From Basic Discovery to New Medicine.

Presented by Komen Scholar, Dr. Yibin Kang. Learn more about Dr. Kang below.

There is no cost to attend this conference and breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you have already RSVP’d for the conference and can no longer attend, please email Alexis Jackson at or call our office at (404)814-0052. Space is limited.

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center. The cutoff date is April 17th.
Book your group rate for the Conference.

Unable to attend in person? You can still catch the agenda via livestream! Register here to make sure you receive all the details!


    The Conference Advisory Committee designed the agenda to provide conference participants with an opportunity to:

    (1) Learn about scientific breakthroughs and emerging treatment options
    (2) Discover different ways to improve quality of life on a daily basis
    (3) Gain support and build community

    The conference is geared towards people living with metastatic breast cancer and their caregivers but is open to breast cancer patients of all stages.


    8:00am Registration, Resource Fair, Breakfast

    9:00am  Welcome and Opening Remarks
    Cati Diamond Stone, Chief Executive Officer, Komen Atlanta

    9:05am Patient Empowerment Testimonial
    Liz McLaughlin

    9:20am Morning Keynote- Combating Metastatic Breast Cancer: From Basic Discovery to New Medicine
    Yibin Kang, PhD, Komen Scholar, Professor, Molecular Biology, Princeton University

    10:05am Break

    10:20am Community Tumor Board
    Sean Cavanaugh, MD, DABR Chief of Radiation Oncology, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Atlanta
    Manali Bhave, MD, Medical Oncologist, Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University Hospital
    Anita Johnson, MD, FACS, Director of Breast Surgical Oncology, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Atlanta
    Katie Lang, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
    Madhurima Uppalapati, MD, Medical Oncologist, Northwest Georgia Oncology Center

    11:20am Lunch, Networking, Resource Fair

    12:05pm Clinical Trials
    Amelia Zelnak, MD, MSc, Medical Oncologist, Atlanta Cancer Care affiliated with Northside Hospital

    12:45pm Transition to Breakout Sessions

    1:00pm Breakout Session: Choose the breakout most relevant to you
    Caregivers Kimberly Curseen, MD, FAAHPM Director of Outpatient Supportive Care Emory Healthcare
    Newly Diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer Christina Austin-Valere, PhD, LCSW, Psych-Oncology Coordinator, Northside Hospital Behavioral Health
    Thriving With Metastatic Breast Cancer Karen Whitehead, LCSW, CCH, Therapist, Karen Whitehead Counseling
    Management of Bone Mets from Breast Cancer Don Beringer, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Arthritis & Total Joint Specialists affiliated with Northside Hospital Cancer Institute

    1:45pm Transition from Breakout Sessions

    2:00pm Moving Forward and Living Well Panel
    Lauren Bober, MPT, PT, CES, Clinical Manager, Physical Therapist, Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
    Kimberly Curseen, MD, FAAHPM, Director of Outpatient Supportive Care, Emory Healthcare
    Jake Salyards, Clinical Manager, Sacred Journey Hospice
    Stefanie Sparks Esq., Attorney, Atlanta Legal Aid Breast Cancer Legal Project

    3:00pm Closing Remarks and Thank You

    Yibin Kang, Ph.D. is a Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. After completing his graduate study at Duke in 2000 and his postdoctoral training with Dr. Joan Massague at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Kang joined the faculty of Princeton in 2004. Dr. Yibin Kang’s research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis. He discovered new genes that promote breast cancer recurrence, metastasis, and resistance to chemotherapies. His research focuses on tumor-stromal interactions that mediate organ-specific metastasis of breast cancer to bone and other vital organs. Dr. Kang also studies epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a key step in metastatic progression, to find new actionable targets. Dr. Kang’s Komen Scholar grant will study how E selectin, an adhesion molecule normally recruiting leukocytes during infection or vascular damage, functions as an essential component of cancer cells etastasizing to the bones, including promoting the survival and proliferation of metastatic tumor cells.

    View below our various partners that will be a part of our resource fair!

        • Amgen – Amgen strives to serve patients by transforming the promise of science and biotechnology into therapies that have the power to restore health or save lives. They aim to fulfill their mission to serve patients.
        • AstraZeneca – AstraZeneca is a global, science-led biopharmaceutical business and our innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide.
        • Atlanta Legal Aid Society – The Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s mission is to deliver legal services and legal education designed to improve the social, political, and economic conditions of low-income persons .  Their Breast Cancer Legal Project provides holistic legal services to low-income breast cancer patients and survivors in metro Atlanta.
        • Cancer Support Community, Atlanta – The CSC are dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. They provide support groups, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars, gentle exercise classes, social gatherings, and above all, new friendships.
        • Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Atlanta – At CTCA Atlanta, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of adult cancer patients. You and your caregivers can participate in various activities and classes to help you relax and enjoy your stay as much as possible while going through treatment.
        • Casting for Recovery Georgia – Provides healing outdoor retreats for women with breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. The retreats are open to women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery.
        • Eisai – Eisai are a human health care company capable of making a meaningful contribution under any health care system while observing the highest legal and ethical standards in business activities. They give first thought to patients and their families, and work to increase the benefits health care provides.
        • Eli Lilly Oncology – Lilly Oncology is dedicated to advancing treatment and addressing the unmet needs of people living with cancer. Building on our work in cancer treatment, we are committed to creating a broad portfolio.
        • Genetech – Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. They believe it’s urgent to deliver medical solutions right now – even as they develop innovations for the future and they are passionate about transforming patients’ lives.
        • Living Beyond Breast Cancer – LBBC provides programs and services to help people whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. Their goal is to provide information, community and support that you can trust, is easy for you to access and respectful of you and your situation.
        • Living With – At Pfizer Oncology, we believe it’s our responsibility to help support and inspire those who have been affected by cancer. We’re telling the stories of real people who are living with cancer and providing tools and resources like the free LivingWith app.
        • Love not Lost – Love Not Lost photographs people facing a terminal diagnosis to preserve memories. They are on a mission to celebrate life and support people in grief. With the help of their generous donors, they providare expanding our reach and increasing our impact on patient care by introducing new molecular diagnostic and companion diagnostic tests for a growing number of diseases.e professional portrait sessions as well as a beautiful hand-crafted photo albums at zero cost to the families that they serve.
        • Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance – The mission of the MBC Alliance is to unify the efforts of MBC Alliance members to improve the lives of, and outcomes for, those living with metastatic breast cancer and their families through increasing awareness and education about the disease and advancing policy and strategic coordination of research funding – specifically focused on metastasis – that has the potential to extend life, enhance quality of life and ultimately… to cure.
        • Myriad Genetics – Myriad has invested heavily in educating patients and healthcare professionals about the role genes and proteins play in disease. They are expanding their reach and increasing their impact on patient care by introducing new molecular diagnostic and companion diagnostic tests for a growing number of diseases.
        • My Style Matters – My Style Matters is dedicated to providing a cancer educational program and hands-on supportive services to build confidence in people of all ages, leading to a better quality of life.
        • Northside Hospital Cancer Institute – Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (NHCI) is the largest and most comprehensive cancer hospital network in Georgia and a leader in cancer care. We deliver the most powerful combination of doctors and oncologists, cancer facilities and support resources of any cancer program in Georgia.
        • Sacred Journey Hospice- Sacred Journey Hospice is one of the longest running and most experienced hospices in Atlanta. They have created a welcoming and caring environment in their inpatient unit and their clinical team provides compassionate care in your home or theirs.
        • The Cancer Blueprint – Their aim is to put patients at the center of their care decisions by helping them access the right information at the right time.
        • Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation – Turning Point improves quality of life for patients with breast cancer by providing, promoting and advocating specialized and evidence-based rehabilitation.
        • Young Survival Coalition – Young Survival Coalition (YSC) strengthens the community, addresses the unique needs, amplifies the voice and improves the quality of life of young adults affected by breast cancer, locally, nationally and internationally.


        • Emily Beard, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
        • Kymberly Duncan, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
        • Jackie Feliciano-Cobb, Pfizer
        • Susan Fulginiti, Georgia-Pacific
        • Dr. Anita Johnson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Atlanta
        • Bobbie Menneg, Beyond the Ribbon Inc.
        • Sara Owens, WellStar Health Systems
        • Jill Patel, WellStar Foundation
        • Melissa Payton, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Atlanta
        • Astrid Wilkie-McKellar, Northside Hospital Cancer Institute
        • Lisa Sherman, WellStar Health Systems
        • Staci Floreani, Sacred Journey Hospice



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