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Periodically, Support Connection offers educational programs by webinar or toll-free teleconference. On this page you’ll find audio recordings, slides and transcripts from past programs. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.


Webinar: Hormonal Therapies For Breast Cancer – Dec. 9, 2019

*This program was presented in partnership with Northern Westchester Hospital, Northwell Health.

Speaker: Dr. Lev Davidson, Medical Director of the Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center at Northern Westchester Hospital. Dr. Davidson is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology and actively participates in ongoing research in this field. Dr. Davidson graduated from Ross University School of Medicine, Portsmouth, Dominica. He completed his residency at Westchester Medical Center, NY Medical College in Valhalla, and completed his subspecialty fellowship training in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. Dr. Davidson joined the staff of Northern Westchester Hospital in 2016 where he leads an excellent team of oncology physicians and staff.

Program Description:

Hormonal therapies are commonly used to treat breast cancer that is estrogen-receptor positive. Examples: Tamoxifen (Nolvadex), Arimidex (Anastrazole), Aromasin (Exemestane), Femara (Letrozole), etc. Hormonal therapy may be used at different points in a treatment plan and to treat various stages of breast cancer.

Topics include:

● What are the different hormonal therapy options?

● What are some of the side effects and how can I best manage them?

● What is the latest research?

● How have recommendations changed?

● Should I continue treatment for 5 years? 10 years? forever?

● Question and answer period.

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Webinar “Hormonal Therapies for Breast Cancer.” – Recorded on Dec. 9, 2019

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Guided Meditation for Reducing Stress

This recorded meditation was created especially for Support Connection by Alan Bandes, a volunteer who teaches a Tai Chi program for us as well. Alan has been practicing Tai Chi for over 40 years.

The meditation Alan has shared with us here is a guided form of meditation. It enables participants to follow a sequential flow of relaxation, freeing their minds of the clutter of daily activities while reducing stress. You don’t need to know how to meditate. All that’s needed is a willingness to let go and follow along.

Find a comfortable chair and click below to begin listening to the recording.


Webinar: Updates in Treatment for Ovarian Cancer – September 24, 2019

Speaker: Elena Ratner, M.D.: Dr. Ratner is a Board Certified Gynecologic oncologist with special interests in chemotherapy targeted drug development, patient quality of life programs and early cancer detection. Her credentials include: Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale New Haven School of Medicine; Co-Chief, Section of Gynecologic Oncology, Director and Founder of Sexuality & Intimacy in Menopause Program, and Director of Discovery To Cure, at Yale New Haven Health Cancer Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital; Director of Early Ovarian Cancer Detection Program, Director of Gynecologic Oncology, at Stamford Health.

As a gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Elena Ratner partners with women throughout their cancer journey, delivering comprehensive, personalized care. Dr. Ratner helps her patients experience a high quality of life throughout treatment and into survivorship by fitting treatment around their lives and providing targeted therapies with as few side effects as possible. She works hard with each patient to preserve a sense of normalcy and to prevent cancer from taking over their lives. As the founder of the Sexuality & Intimacy in Menopause Program, she helps survivors of cancer reconnect with their bodies using a multidisciplinary approach, including counseling, hormone therapy and other techniques.

Dr. Ratner practices bench-to-bedside research, examining her patient’s tumors and identifying their specific types of cancer. This allows her to design an effective, individualized treatment plan for each patient. In her lab, she also works to develop new chemotherapy and cancer drugs that effectively treat cancer and improve quality of life for her patients. As a result of her commitment to gynecologic cancer care, Dr. Ratner has received many awards for her teaching, research and patient care. Most recently, she was given the Yale University Smilow Cancer Center Award for Clinical Excellence.

Topics include:

  • The newest info on the development of drugs for advanced ovarian cancer
  • The role of personalized medicine
  • Targeted therapies
  • PARP Inhibitors
  • Quality of life issues
  • Sexuality and menopause
  • Question and answer period

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Webinar “Updates in Treatment for Ovarian Cancer” – Recorded on Sept. 24, 2019

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Webinar: Nutrition for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer – Feb. 12, 2019

Speaker: Lauren Talbert, RD, CSO, LDN: Lauren is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed by the State of Rl, a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, & an oncology rehab STAR certified clinician. She holds a BS in dietetics & nutritional science, and completed her dietetic internship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Currently she works for Sodexo as a Registered Dietitian for the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Lauren presents to a wide array of audiences including medical professionals, oncology patients and family member, and the community. She offers individualized counseling based on each patient’s lifestyle, food preferences and nutrition goals.

Program description:

The goal of this program is to help you overcome confusion about nutrition and learn ways to gain more control.

Topics include:

  • So many sources of info, how to decide what to follow?
  • Recommendations from the American Institute for Cancer Research.
  • Foods that fight cancer: What foods and how to eat more of them.
  • Organic eating: Dirty dozen vs. clean fifteen.
  • Eating well even when you don’t feel well.
  • Perfecting the plant-based diet, including plant-based alternatives for typical “comfort foods.”
  • Overcoming roadblocks to healthy eating. Examples: Fatigue during and after treatment; Lack of time due to busy schedules.
  • Trying something new, such as experimenting with produce.
  • Question and answer period.

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Webinar “Nutrition for Women with Breast of Ovarian Cancer.” – Recorded on Feb. 12, 2019

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Webinar: Hormonal Therapies For Breast Cancer – Oct. 23, 2018

Speaker: Diana E. Lake, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Lake is a medical oncologist with a practice that is devoted solely to the care of breast cancer patients. Dr. Lake’s research interests involve all areas of breast cancer but focus mainly on the development of new therapies, prevention of cancer recurrence following surgery, and treatment of recurrent disease.

Working in conjunction with her colleagues on the Breast Cancer Medicine Service at MSKCC and as the liaison in breast medicine to Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (a national clinical trials cooperative research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute), she is involved in clinical trials to develop better hormonal therapies and improved approaches to treatment before surgery.

Dr. Lake is a past member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scientific Review Committee, and has previously served on the NIH Cooperative Group Review and its Cancer Education committees and has received the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center fellowship.  She is a member of the NYS Health Research Science Board.

Program description:

Hormonal therapies are commonly used to treat breast cancer that is estrogen-receptor positive. Examples: Tamoxifen (Nolvadex), Arimidex (Anastrazole), Aromasin (Exemestane), Femara (Letrozole), etc. Hormonal therapy may be used at different points in a treatment plan and to treat various stages of breast cancer.

Topics include:

  • What are the different hormonal therapy options?
  • What is the latest research?
  • How have recommendations changed?
  • Should I continue treatment for 5 years? 10 years? forever?
  • Question & answer period.

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Webinar “Hormonal Therapies for Breast Cancer.” – Recorded on Oct. 23, 2018

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Webinar: Advances in Ovarian Cancer Treatment – Sept. 24, 2018

Speaker: Douglas A. Levine, MD – NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Levine is the Head of the Gynecology Research Laboratory, where he studies cancer prevention, precision medicine, and rare tumors with unmet needs. He serves as the translational scientist on many national clinical trials determining what genomic alterations are associated with response to targeted therapies. He discovered universal mutations in SMARCA4 that drive small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type. Dr. Levine has an outstanding level of expertise and leadership in ovarian and endometrial cancer research and a deep commitment to women’s health.

Dr. Levine has been very active within the NIH-sponsored Cancer Genome Atlas project (TCGA). He serves as co-chair of the ovarian, endometrial, and uterine carcinosarcoma disease working groups. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the Clearity Foundation, and the Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and two textbooks.

Dr. Levine has received funding from the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Defense, Stand Up 2 Cancer, and the Gynecologic Oncology Group. He has been awarded the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Mentor Award, served as co-chair of the American Association for Cancer Research Special Conferences on Ovarian Cancer, received the 2013 Foundation for Women’s Cancer Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Prize, is the Assistant Dean of the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Academy, and was recently appointed as translational science co-chair of the NRG Oncology Corpus Committee.

Topics include:

  • The newest info on the development of drugs for advanced ovarian cancer
  • The most current FDA approvals for ovarian cancer
  • Information presented at the most recent national conferences
  • A question & answer period

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Ovarian Cancer Webinar – Recorded on Sept. 24, 2018:

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Webinar: Updates in Genetic Testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer – February 15, 2018

Speaker: Wendy Chung, M.D., Ph.D.: Dr. Chung is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University. She received her B.A. in biochemistry and economics from Cornell University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and her Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in genetics.

Dr. Chung directs NIH funded research programs in human genetics of breast cancer, heart disease, and birth defects. She leads the Precision Medicine Resource in the Irving Institute At Columbia University. She has authored over 300 peer reviewed papers and 50 reviews and chapters in medical texts. She was the recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Investigator Award, the Medical Achievement Award from Bonei Olam, and a career development award from Doris Duke.

Dr. Chung enjoys the challenges of genetics as a rapidly changing field of medicine and strives to facilitate the integration of genetic medicine into all areas of health care in a medically, scientifically, and ethically sound, accessible, and cost effective manner.

Topics include:

  • Who should get genetic testing for cancer genes?
  • What’s new in genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer?
  • What if I had cancer genetic testing before? Should I do it again?
  • How can I use the most up to date genetic information for myself and my family?
  • What do my results mean for my daughter, sister, or niece?

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Webinar “Updates in Genetic Testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer” – Recorded on Feb. 15, 2018

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Webinar: Nutrition for Breast and Ovarian Cancer – November 14, 2017

Speaker: Mary Beth Augustine, RDN, CDN, FAND. Mary Beth Augustine is the Integrative Dietitian Nutritionist at the Graf Center for Integrative Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and Founder and Director of Nutritional Healthcare offering medical nutrition therapy services and wellness services for adults and children.

Mary Beth’s past work experience includes: Senior Integrative Nutritionist and Director of the Integrative Nutrition Internship at the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Center for Health & Healing; Director of the Master’s Degree Program in Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University; Clinical Dietitian and Integrative Medicine Nutritionist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Cardiovascular risk reduction research at the American Health Foundation.

Mary Beth has spoken at numerous conferences and venues, including: the United Nations Committee on Aging; American Institute for Cancer Research Cancer Survivor Conference; Integrative Healthcare Symposium, Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo; the New York, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Nebraska, and Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meetings. Mary Beth has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, and Fox 5 News, Today in New York, CNN Market Watch, Discovery Health TV, and National Public Radio.

A twenty-plus year survivor of cancer, Mary Beth is dedicated to sharing her personal and professional passion to educate people about the interconnected health of people, food and land.

Program description:
Studies show that diet plays a role in cancer initiation, promotion, progression, recurrence, and survival. This national webinar/teleconference focuses on the benefits of Japanese, Mediterranean, Vegetarian and Hunter-Gatherer Diets.

Topics include:

  • How dietary variety, eating seasonally, eating more like our hunter-gatherer ancestors, and calorie restriction and intermittent fasting may help in the fight against cancer.
  • How nutrients in food play a role in cancer cell multiplication, tumor growth, hormone levels, and cancer cell death.
  • The relationship between cancer and the human ‘microbiome’- the 100 trillion bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other tiny microbes that live in our bodies.

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Webinar “Nutrition for Breast and Ovarian Cancer” – Recorded on Nov. 14, 2017

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Webinar: Advances in Ovarian Cancer Treatment Sept. 19, 2017

Speaker: Thomas J. Herzog, MD. Dr. Herzog is Deputy Director of both The Barrett Cancer Center & The University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute. He is also Vice-Chair of Quality and Safety for Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. From 2004 to 2014 he was the Director of Gynecologic Oncology and the Physicians & Surgeons Endowed Professor of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics at Columbia University. He also was the Fellowship Director in Gynecologic Oncology for Columbia & Cornell Universities and New York Presbyterian hospitals.

Prior to 2004, Dr. Herzog was as an Associate Professor, and the Director of the Fellowship Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as a Principal Investigator in a number of GOG trials with a special emphasis in ovarian and endometrial cancers.

Dr. Herzog has authored/co-authored over 270 peer-reviewed articles and lectures extensively nationally and internationally. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology International, Hematology Oncology Times, and others. He is Co-Editor–in chief of Gynecologic Oncology Research to Practice. Dr. Herzog has been on the leadership council of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, Board of Governors for the American College of Surgeons. In 2013, he was elected to the Board of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and in 2014 to Council for the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. In 2015 he was elected to the  Board of Director of Gynecologic Oncology Group Foundation. 

Topics:

  • The latest info on the development of drugs for advanced ovarian cancer
  • Other novel chemotherapeutic agents in development
  • Advances in immunotherapy
  • PARP Inhibitors
  • The role of molecular profiling
  • Info from the Cancer Institute Survivorship Survey
  • What do patients want?

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Ovarian Cancer Webinar – Recorded on Sept. 19, 2017

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Webinar: The Road Forward: Navigating Life After Cancer Treatments – February 7, 2017

Although finishing your cancer treatments (surgery, chemo or radiation) is a milestone to be celebrated, it can also bring anxiety, fear and uncertainty. The completion of treatment marks the start of adjusting to new and challenging physical and emotional changes. This webinar addresses how you can take charge and navigate this transition to the new normal of cancer survivorship.

Topics include:

  • Recommendations for surveillance: Which tests and exams do I need? Who do I need to follow up with? What’s coming in the future regarding primary care vs. medical oncology?
  • Late and long term treatment effects: Things you must know about such as lymphedema; cardiotoxicity; cognitive issues; bone health; pain.
  • Psychosocial issues: Body image; depression or anxiety; fatigue. They are not all in your head!
  • Mind & body wellness: The connections between the two.
  • Other concerns: Sexual health, fertility and menopause; your ongoing treatment plan for long term health and wellness through nutrition, physical fitness, etc.

Speaker: Mary Greco, MSN, FNP-BC, CBCN, CN-BP: Mary is a certified nurse practitioner with 30 years’ experience in the area of Breast Disease. She is an Oncology Breast Care Nurse and a Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Oncology Nurses Society, and the National Accrediting Program for Breast Centers. Mary has worked in clinical practices and as a clinical research assistant in the fields of breast cancer and cell mediated immunity. She has been a nurse trainer for the NYS Dept. of Health Cancer Screening Program, has volunteered for the American Cancer Society for the promotion of breast health education, and belongs to multiple nurse and breast specialty organizations. At Northern Westchester Hospital, Mary serves as clinical coordinator for the Breast Institute.

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Webinar “The Road Forward: Navigating Life After Cancer Treatments” – Recorded on Feb. 7, 2017

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Webinar/Teleconference: Nutrition for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Care October 26, 2016

Speaker: Francine Blinten, MS, CCN, CNS. Francine Blinten is a Clinical Nutritionist who has worked extensively with patients through all phases of cancer diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment. She holds an MS from the Nutrition Institute at Bridgeport University, and is board certified by the International and American Association of Clinical Nutritionists and the Certification Board of Nutrition Specialists.

For 5 years, Francine was on staff at the Boyd Center for Integrative Health, led by Dr. Barry Boyd, a leading oncologist in Greenwich, CT. She helped patients use diet and lifestyle to minimize treatment side effects and reduce risk of recurrence. Since 2012 she has been a consulting nutritionist for the Connecticut Mental Health Center, a partnership between Yale University School of Medicine and the State of Connecticut. Francine also works with cancer patients in her private practice, monitoring metabolic biomarkers to avoid secondary illness and late effects of cancer treatment. In addition, she assists clients with disease prevention, weight management and food allergies or sensitivities.

Topics include:

  • What to eat at various phases of treatment: Managing side effects during active treatment ~ Nutrition after treatment, caring for the rest of you ~ Common nutritional deficiencies.
  • Facts and Myths: What is the science behind: Sugar, does it feed cancer? ~ Alkaline diets: Am I too acidic? ~ Must I juice and/or cleanse? ~ Specific diet approaches such as: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free.
  • Supplements: What role if any do supplements play? ~ Should I take a multivitamin? ~ Which supplements are helpful? ~ Can they do harm?

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Webinar “Nutrition for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Care” – Recorded on Oct. 26, 2016.

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Webinar: Clinical Trials and Ovarian Cancer Treatment – Sept. 15, 2016

Speaker: Stephanie Blank, MD. Dr. Blank is a Gynecologic Oncologist at the NYU Clinical Cancer Center, and a Principal Investigator in numerous cancer research studies. Her research interests include targeted therapeutics and novel agents, fertility preservation in women with cancer, and cancer screening and prevention, with a focus on translational studies.

Dr. Blank completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and her fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. She is an Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the NYU School of Medicine, where she also serves as Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Director, and Associate Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Blank is a full member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

 Topics:

  • Myths and realities: What clinical trials are, and what they aren’t
  • When to consider clinical trials
  • How to find clinical trials you’re eligible for
  • How to approach your doctor about participating in a clinical trial regardless of where the trial is being conducted
  • Targeted therapies
  • The role of genetics
  • What’s on the horizon

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Ovarian Cancer Webinar – Recorded on Sept. 15, 2016

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Webinar: Molecular Profiling As A Guide to Ovarian Cancer Treatment – Sept. 17, 2015

*Thank you to The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation for their grant to support this program. 

Speaker: Laura Shawver, PhD.: Founder of the The Clearity Foundation, which helps women with recurrent and refractory ovarian cancer obtain access to molecular profiling. Dr. Shawver is a biotechnology entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in cancer research and drug development. She has spent more than two decades studying cancer-causing proteins. An active of the American Association for Cancer Research, she has served on Hollywood’s Stand Up 2 Cancer scientific advisory committee since its inception in 2008. In addition, Dr. Shawver is an ovarian cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2006.

Topics:

  • What is molecular profiling?
  • Why should I consider molecular profiling and when is it not right?
  • What are the potential benefits?
  • Examples of how testing has helped patients and research.
  • How does testing work: cost, process, time frame, test results?
  • What is my next step?
  • How will this information be used by me, by my doctor?
  • How can The Clearity Foundation help patients through this process?

Audio and slides from Support Connection’s Ovarian Cancer Webinar – Recorded on Sept. 17, 2015:

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