Leaders in breast cancer research and life-saving efforts join together to host South Central Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

Susan G. Komen® Houston, Theresa’s Research Foundation and the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas aim to connect and educate patients, caregivers and researchers

HOUSTON – Susan G. Komen® Houston, in conjunction with Theresa’s Research Foundation and the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, will host the South Central Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference: A Conference for Those Living with Advanced Breast Cancer, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The conference is designed by patients with Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), for patients with MBC and aims to inform conference participants about scientific breakthroughs and emerging treatment options, how to improve quality of life for MBC patients, and how to create a support system.

The conference will bring together patients with MBC and their caregivers with medical professionals, scientists, survivors and advocates to discuss trending topics, engage in Q&A discussions, and form a like-minded community for all participants.

“The South Central MBC Conference is a patient-centered event that was designed to facilitate a sense of community for participants,” said Ginny Kirklin, Senior Director of Community Programs and Partnerships at Komen Houston. “Beyond sharing scientific breakthroughs and emerging treatments, our goal is to help improve patients’ quality of life outside of the doctor’s office and to let them know that they are not alone in their fight.”

“Partnering with an organization like Susan G. Komen Houston and working with MBC patients gives us the ability to create a unique experience for particpants and make a greater impact on patients’ lives,” said Josh W. Newby, Founder and Executive Director of Theresa’s Research Foundation.

The conference will kick off with a welcome reception on Friday, led by Danny Welch, Ph.D., a professor of cancer biology at the University of Kansas Cancer Center. On Saturday, the day begins with a relaxing and meditative yoga session led by YMCA Livestrong program. The conference will then be broken out into seven different sessions, including panelist discussion topics such as: current breast cancer treatments; MBC subtypes; trending research; available patient resources; how to manage stress during treatment; how to manage side effects during treatment, and more. Research topics covered will include liquid biopsy, genetic mutations, radiation for oligometastasis, palliative care, pain management and tumor control.

Additionally, several patient advocates will lead breakout sessions to share their personal experiences on living with MBC and discuss available patient resources. Patient advocates include Shirley Mertz, Joan Mancuso, Pat Jones, Susan Rafte and Kathy Townsend. Medical professional panelists include: Susanne Fuqua, PhD; Dr. Wendy Woodward; Dr. Meghan Karuturi; Dr. Mo Rimawi; Dr. Tejal Patel; Dr. Bora Lim; Dr. Anneliese Gonzalez; Elizabeth Conti, PhD; Dr. Ellen Manzullo and Dr. Michilana Cairo.

Event co-chairs are Anne Hart, PhD, Anne Meyn, Kathy Townsend and Pat Jones, all who are either patients with MBC or breast cancer survivors. Additionally, a donation to the conference was provided by Pfizer Inc.

The conference will be held at the Norris Conference Center at CityCentre in Houston, TX. Conference attendance is free and is open to metastatic patients, survivors, caregivers and co-survivors. To register, go to Komen-Houston.org/mbcc.

About Susan G. Komen® Houston

Susan G. Komen® Houston is the local leader in breast health services, focused on bettering the lives of those facing breast cancer and meeting the most critical needs of the local communities it serves and funding cutting-edge breast cancer research. Throughout Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties, Komen Houston connects patients to breast health resources, eliminates disparities by providing financial assistance to those in breast cancer treatment and collaborates within our communities.

Established in 1990 by passionate volunteers, Komen Houston has granted over $50 million to local programs for breast cancer education, life-saving screening and treatment programs and innovative, cutting-edge research. If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities or get information about the Komen Houston Race for the Cure® and other events, visit www.komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188.