2022 Breast Cancer in Young Adults Virtual Forum Series

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2022 Breast Cancer in Young Adults Virtual Forum Series

A virtual forum series for patients and survivors, hosted by the Young and Strong Program for Young Adults with Breast Cancer

When and where

Location

Online

About this event

Young and Strong, the Program for Young Adults with Breast Cancer is pleased to host our annual virtual forum series. The series, best suited for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 45, includes a variety of events for young adults with breast cancer and is designed to help you learn and connect with breast cancer experts and with your peers. Please review our schedule of events below.

Each event has something unique to offer. Our hope is that you'll join us for all five events, but we understand that you may not be available for every one.

We look forward to spending this time with you learning and building new relationships. If you have any questions about this forum series, please email youngandstrong@partners.org.

Register for the Forum Series Here

For information about attending the sessions via Zoom, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

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Week 1

Monday, October 3, 6 - 7:30 p.m. ET | Welcome and Patient Panel with Virtual Social

Week 2

Tuesday, October 11, 6 - 7 p.m. ET | Meet the Experts: Focus on Treatment

Thursday, October 13, 6 - 7 p.m. ET | Keynote Address with Samantha Watson, MBA: Owning Your Story (The One You Never Asked For)

Week 3

Tuesday, October 18, 6 - 7 p.m. ET | Meet the Experts: Focus on Wellness and Symptom Management

Thursday, October 20, 6 - 7:30 p.m. ET | 'Is This Trauma?' Understanding and Coping With the Trauma of a Cancer Diagnosis

Keep scrolling for more information about these events!

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Welcome and Patient Panel

Monday, October 3, 2022 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. ET

Virtual social to follow.

Mix yourself a Cranberry Orange Fizz (with or without the alcohol!) or grab your beverage of choice and join us for the kick-off event of Young and Strong’s 2022 Breast Cancer in Young Adults Virtual Forum Series for Patients and Survivors. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Young and Strong and hear from a panel of your peers — young adults who understand the unique challenges of facing breast cancer.

Signature Mocktail/Cocktail: Cranberry Orange Fizz

  • 2 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce vodka (optional)
  • Orange slice for garnish
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Meet the Experts: Focus on Treatment

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 | 6 - 7 p.m. ET

Facilitated by Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, founder and director of The Young and Strong Program for Young Adults with Breast Cancer, a panel of experts will share recent advances in the field of breast cancer and provide treatment advice.

Please feel free to submit questions for the panelists by emailing youngandstrong@partners.org.

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Keynote Address with Samantha Watson, MBA: Owning Your Story (The One You Never Asked For)

Thursday, October 13, 2022 | 6 - 7 p.m. ET

Virtual social to follow.

Mix up an Apple Cider Mule (with or without the alcohol!) or another fall-themed beverage or snack and join keynote speaker Samantha Watson, MBA, a nationally recognized thought leader in the fields of young adult cancer and financial toxicity, as she discusses how she has handled the many obstacles and challenges of dealing with a cancer diagnosis at a young age. Samantha is a two-time cancer survivor, diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma at age 21 and secondary myelodysplastic syndrome at age 23.

From patient to patient advocate, she has served the young adult cancer community for almost two decades. Samantha is the founder of The Samfund, a nonprofit organization designed to support young adults in their financial recovery from cancer, which is now a program within Expect Miracles Foundation.

Signature Mocktail/Cocktail: Apple Cider Mule

  • 3 ounces apple cider
  • 2 ounces bourbon (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 ounces ginger beer or ginger ale
  • Apple slice, thyme sprig, and a cinnamon stick for garnish
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Meet the Experts: Focus on Wellness and Symptom Management

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 | 6 - 7 p.m. ET

Join us for an evening panel with Dana-Farber wellness experts, facilitated by Philip Poorvu, MD, associate director of the Young and Strong Program for Young Adults with Breast Cancer. This is a great opportunity to learn more about various topics, including exercise, nutrition, menopausal symptom management, and lymphedema. Please feel free to submit questions for the panelists by emailing youngandstrong@partners.org.

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'Is This Trauma?' Understanding and Coping With the Trauma of a Cancer Diagnosis

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. ET

References to trauma are everywhere. In this interactive discussion with Dana-Farber’s social workers, we’ll consider the question, “what is trauma?” and talk about how a cancer diagnosis may challenge your coping tools.

Mix yourself a Hot Toddy (with our without the alcohol!) or another comforting drink, and join us to connect and learn from our social workers and your peers about how to support and grow your emotional resilience in the face of cancer-related trauma and many other life stressors.

Signature Cocktail/Mocktail: Hot Toddy

  • 7 ounces hot tea (black or green tea)
  • 1.5 ounces brandy, whiskey, or rum (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or a cinnamon stick
  • Lemon wedge, for garnish

Register for the Forum Series Here

Using Zoom

What happens when I register?

When you register for this event, you'll have the option to choose which sessions you're interested in attending. Shortly before each session begins, you’ll receive a link to join the Zoom session at the email address you provide in the registration form.

How do I watch the session?

If you are new to using Zoom, please plan to join the event a few minutes early to give yourself time to get online.

Click the link sent to you by email, and you’ll be taken directly to Zoom and prompted to join the session.

What happens if I have problems or questions?

The Zoom website has a very comprehensive Help Center. For help with getting setup to use Zoom and with any issues you may encounter, please visit the Zoom Help Center.

Becoming a Young and Strong Patient

If you are interested in becoming a patient, please call 877-442-3324 or use this online form to make an appointment. You may schedule your first appointment for as soon as the next day. After scheduling, one of our nurses will call you to answer your questions and help you prepare for your visit.