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Health & Wellness During & After Breast Cancer Webinar Series

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Heart Health & Breast Cancer 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Breast and other cancer treatments can cause heart and artery diseases, which need to be identified and treated. Some may even be prevented. Watch the recording to hear from two cardiologists who work with people diagnosed with breast cancer and a panel of experts to learn about who is affected, common signs and symptoms, and how they are working to prevent and manage cancer-related cardiovascular diseases. 

 Featuring

Headshot of Samir Thandani, MD

Samir Thadani, MD, has been a cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente-South San Francisco for over 10 years, working closely with people during and after their cancer treatment. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and was a management consultant before deciding that medicine was his true calling. He chose cardiology because he was fascinated by the engineering of the cardiovascular system. After completing medical school at NYU and residency at Boston University/Boston Medical Center, he did his Cardiology Fellowship at California Pacific Medical Center and Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor. In addition to founding the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Cardio-Oncology Program, he is interested in multi-modality cardiac imaging and lifestyle medicine.

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Alexis Beatty, MD, MAS

Alexis Beatty, MD, MAS, is a cardiologist and health services researcher working to find innovative ways to care for people with cardiovascular disease to improve outcomes and reduce disparities. She received degrees in medicine and biomedical engineering from Duke University and did her Cardiology Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Beatty worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs to develop a mobile application to improve participation in cardiac rehabilitation; she also worked with Apple on their heart features. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Co-Director of the UCSF Training in Clinical Research program, and has an appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, where she sees general cardiology patients.

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Marilyn Kwan, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley, with her PhD in Epidemiology followed by a postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Kwan joined the Division of Research in 2005, where her current research focus is breast and bladder cancer prognosis and survival. Specifically, her interests include lifestyle and molecular factors and their associations with cancer recurrence, survival, and quality of life. She also studies the long-term health effects of cancer treatment, including lymphedema, fractures, and cardiovascular disease.

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Joanna Hathaway, MPH, is a Breast Care Coordinator at Kaiser Permanente-San Rafael, CA, helping people diagnosed with breast cancer as they go through treatment and into survivorship to live better and longer lives. With a background in nutritional health and fitness, she has worked with individuals, groups, and at the population level to motivate behavioral change and teach healthy lifestyles. Joanna attended the University of Pennsylvania, received a Master of Public Health from the University of California-Berkeley. She is a nutritionist and a Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer who believes in making healthy choices the easy choices.

 

 

 

Moderator

catherine_headshot_speaker.pngCatherine Thomsen, MPH, joined Zero Breast Cancer in 2014 to promote health and wellness and prevent cancer, after seven years facilitating efforts to engage advocates in cancer research and to fund studies of disparities and environmental risk factors with the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP). Previously, she was the epidemiologist for the State of Oregon’s environmental and occupational health programs and coordinated an interagency pesticide poisoning prevention program. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Portland State/Oregon Health & Sciences Universities and her BA in international relations from Pomona College. She studied in France and spent more than three years in rural and urban Costa Rica with the Peace Corps and USAID.

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Peripheral Neuropathy: Dealing with Nerve Problems During & After Cancer Treatment

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Cancer and its treatment can damage nerves, causing pain or discomfort known as peripheral neuropathy. In this webinar, learn from a researcher, a clinician and survivors about who is most likely to be affected, the latest treatments, and how cancer survivors can cope with nerve problems.

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Headshot of Alyce Adams, PhDAlyce S. Adams, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Population Health in the Stanford School of Medicine, as well as Associate Director for Health Equity and Community Engagement in the Stanford Cancer Institute. Focusing on racial and socioeconomic disparities in chronic disease treatment outcomes, Dr. Adams' interdisciplinary research seeks to evaluate the impact of changes in drug coverage policy on access to essential medications, understand the drivers of disparities in treatment adherence among insured populations, and test strategies for maximizing the benefits of treatment outcomes while minimizing harms through informed decision-making.

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Deborah Butler was surprised by her breast cancer diagnosis in 2018. During her treatment, she developed neuropathy in both her hands and her feet and still has symptoms. She is active in the Women's Cancer Resource Center's Sister2Sister support group, where they share cancer experiences with each other, do activities, go on retreats, and encourage the new sisters coming into the group. Deborah hopes to help others by sharing how she copes with neuropathy.

 

 

 

 

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Regina Guillory is a native Californian and a devoted Christian dedicated to being a servant leader in the community. Throughout her life she has given tirelessly to her family, church and service organizations, providing resources to those seeking information and assistance. As a 5-year cancer survivor she has taken on a new mission as a health advocate and champion for African American Women and all Women to empower, to educate and enrich their knowledge, action and engagement in prevention of breast cancer, alternative treatment options and survivorship. Since 2018, she has collaborated with Stanford Medical School as a member of BLACC (Black Ladies Advocating for Cancer Care) to promote proactive patient advocacy through peer to peer navigation.

 

 

 

eva meyers for web 2Eva Meyers, Ph.D., FNP, RN, is a professional Oncology Nurse Practitioner, credentialed on the medical staff at Adventist Health White Memorial. Her specialty is breast cancer outreach, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship care in the Cecilia Gonzalez De La Hoya Cancer Center, East Los Angeles. She assists underserved populations access quality cancer care and is working to bring quality oncology hereditary risk assessment and testing to practice. Dr. Meyers went from licensed vocational nurse to a registered nurse, then a family nurse practitioner and a Ph.D. in nursing and has worked in the hospital and out-patient settings and with diverse ethnic and low-income populations.

 

 

 

Moderator

catherine_headshot_speaker.pngCatherine Thomsen, MPH, joined Zero Breast Cancer in 2014 to promote health and wellness and prevent cancer, after seven years facilitating efforts to engage advocates in cancer research and to fund studies of disparities and environmental risk factors with the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP). Previously, she was the epidemiologist for the State of Oregon’s environmental and occupational health programs and coordinated an interagency pesticide poisoning prevention program. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Portland State/Oregon Health & Sciences Universities and her BA in international relations from Pomona College. She studied in France and spent more than three years in rural and urban Costa Rica with the Peace Corps and USAID.

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