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Topics Covered

  • Overview of Early Stage Breast Cancer, including Diagnosis & Staging
  • Communicating with the Breast Cancer Health Care Team: Key Questions to Ask
  • Diagnostic Testing & Technologies, including Hormone Status, Biomarkers, Genomics & Genetic Testing
  • What Specialists Comprise the Health Care Team: Medical Oncologist, Radiation Oncologist & Surgical Oncologist
  • Current Standard of Care and New & Emerging Treatment Approaches
  • The Importance of Adherence: Taking Treatment on Schedule
  • Discussion of Clinical Trials: How Clinical Trials Add to Treatment Options
  • The Role of Genetic Counseling
  • Preventing & Managing Treatment Side Effects, Symptoms, Discomfort & Pain
  • Communicating with the Health Care Team about Quality-of-Life Concerns
  • Guidelines for Telehealth/Telemedicine Appointments, including Technology, Prepared List of Questions & Discussion of OpenNotes
  • Follow-Up Appointments
  • Questions for Our Expert Speakers

Our Panel of Experts


Anne Blaes, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine and Division Director, University of Minnesota, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, Director of Cancer Survivorship Services and Translational Research, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC), Member, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC), Section Lead, Medical Oncology, Hematologist/Oncologist, Past Chair, American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Cancer Survivorship Committee, Member, Executive Board, Global Cardiooncology Society, Associate Editor, JACC Cardio-oncology, Section Editor, Hem/Onc Today on Survivorship


Wade Smith, MD

Breast Cancer Specialist, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope


Sarah Sammons, MD

Associate Director, Metastatic Breast Cancer Program, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Jennifer LaPietra, MSW

Bilingual Oncology Social Worker, CancerCare


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Workshop Date

This workshop was originally recorded on June 30, 2023.

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