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2016 Conference Agenda

Annual Conference

October 6-8, 2016 in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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[Session descriptions and speakers will be added in March 2016]

Thursday, October 6, 2016

3:00 - 6:00 PM Registration

8:00 - 10 PM Welcome Reception (additional fee)

Friday, October 7, 2016

7:00 - 8:50 AM Registration and Networking Breakfast:

9:00 - 10:00 AM General Session

Welcome and Opening remarks

10:05 - 10:55 AM Morning Break

11:00 AM - 12:25 PM Concurrent Session I (choose one of the following):

    FORCE conference attendees
  • Genetics 101
  • Mastectomy for Treatment or Breast Cancer Risk Reduction
  • New Normal: Reinventing Yourself After Treatment of Surgery
  • Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors and Previvors
  • So You Want to Be an Advocate?
  • XRAYS:  How to Make Sense of Cancer Headlines
  • Networking:  Parents of Children in High-risk Families

12:30 - 1:35 PM Networking lunch - box lunch provided

1:40 - 3:05 PM Concurrent Session II (choose one of the following):

  • Options for Managing Ovarian Cancer Risk
  • Breast Reconstruction Overview
  • Pancreatic Cancer Screening and Treatment
  • Intimacy and Body Image After Treatment and/or Surgery
  • Communicating Cancer Risk with Extended Family Members
  • Controversies in Hereditary Cancer:  Data Sharing and Privacy
  • Networking:  Breast Cancer Survivors

3:10 - 4:00 PM Afternoon Break

networking4:05 - 5:30 PM Concurrent Session III (choose one of the following):

  • Options for Managing Breast Cancer Risk
  • Breast Reconstruction Q&A Panel #1
  • Treating Breast Cancer in Women with Mutations
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy for Previvors
  • Discussing Cancer Risk with Children
  • Hot Topics in Hereditary Cancer Advocacy
  • Networking:  Men with Mutations and Partners of People Facing Hereditary Cancer

Saturday, October 8, 2016

7:30 - 8:55 AM Ask the Experts – Roundtable Breakfast

Description: Breakfast session where conference attendees can meet some of conference speakers and ask questions in an informal setting.

9:00 -10:50 AM General Session: What's New in HBOC Research?

11:00 AM- 12:25 PM Concurrent Session IV (choose one of the following):

  • Beyond Breast and Ovarian Cancer:  Cancer Risks and Options for Risk Management
  • Post-mastectomy Recovery
  • Ovarian Cancer Treatment Options
  • Managing Menopause Without Hormone Therapy
  • ABOUT Network:  Your Opportunity to Drive Hereditary Cancer Research
  • Long-term Studies of People with BRCA Mutations
  • Networking: Young Previvors

12:30 - 2:10 PM Lunch and Spirit of Empowerment Awards

2:15 - 3:40 PM Concurrent Session V (choose one of the following)

  • Cancer Risk and Management Options for Men with Mutations
  • Breast Reconstruction Q & A Panel #2
  • What’s New for Metastatic Breast Cancer?
  • Managing Risk and Symptoms with Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Giving Back to the Community Through FORCE
  • Controversies in HBOC: Population Testing
  • Networking:  Women Who Chose No Reconstruction After Mastectomy

3:45 - 4:30 PM Afternoon Break

4:35 - 6:00 PM Concurrent Session VI (choose one of the following)

  • Putting It All Together to Make Decisions
  • Hereditary Cancer, Insurance, and Your Legal Rights
  • Breast Cancer Survivorship
  • Exercise, Diet, and Hereditary Cancer:  What We Know and What We Don’t Know
  • Revealing the Story Within
  • Using Humor to Cope
  • Networking:  Ovarian Cancer Survivors

6:00 - 6:20 PM Conference Closing


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