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This quarterly series features area medical and health professionals presenting current topics relevant to breast cancer survivors.  All of the sessions are free of charge to breast cancer survivors and a guest, as well as area medical and health professionals and students. A reservation is required and a light dinner is provided.​​ To make your reservation call 423.629.2445or email info@bcss-chattanooga.org.


All of the dinner programs are held at the 

North River Civic Center

1009 Executive Dr, Ste 102

(behind Northgate mall, between the Post Office and the Library).



2019:


February 7 - Madison Thomason, MS, CGC, Genetic Counselor - Genetic Testing and Genetic Risk

Advances in cancer genetics have led to the identification of genes that, when altered, cause a significantly increased risk for certain cancers. Although most cases of cancer are not due to single, inherited gene mutations, approximately 5-10% of cancers are hereditary. Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are common risk factors for breast and other cancers, and advances in the field of genetics continue to identify other moderate and high risk genes. Certified Genetic Counselor, Madison Thomason joins us to discuss these genes, how geneticists test for them, and what this means for survivors in terms of treatment and screening recommendations.


  • August 22
  • November 7                             .

           



2018 Dates, made possible by the Lillian L. Colby Foundation:


  • March 1 - Judith Pedersen-Benn; MS, CADC, CHT: "Why Would I Want to Join a Support Group?" 
  • June 7 - Chef Lee Cureton: "Nutrition for Survivors"
  • August 9 - Casey Waddle, MSN, FNP-C: “Living After You’ve Survived”                                                    .
  • November 8 - Mark A. Brzezienski, MD, FACS : "Advances in Breast Reconstruction" 


2017 

  • October 19 - Marcie Beasley, MSN, RN, FNP-C, AOCNP, presenting "What Long-term Survivors Want to Know"
  • February 23 - Rhonda Edwards, LCSW, OSW-C presenting "Coping with Stress for Survivors"
  • May 18 - John Jordi, PTA, BS, CLT-LANA, CI, ASTYM​ presenting "What Survivors Want to Know About Lymphedema"
  • August 10 - Michelle McDougal, Cancer Exercise Specialist presenting "Move Strong, Live Strong"


​2016 was made possible by Unum

  • March - Mark A. Brzezienski, MD, FACS presenting Modern Breast Reconstruction
    • ​Click HERE for the video
  • May - Judith Pederson-Benn, MS, CADC, CHT presenting Mind-Body Medicine & Skills
    • ​​Click HERE for the video
  • September - Pamela Kelle, RN, LDN, CEDRN presenting Nutrition Matters
    • ​​​Click HERE for the video
  • October - Sumana Nagireddy, MD, presenting on SERMs (tamoxifen, femara, arimidex, etc.)


2015 was made possible by Unum

  • February - Cooking For a Healthy Life
  • May - Coping with a Fear of Recurrence
  • August - New Chemotherapy Treatments -
    • Click HERE for the presentation by Marcie Beasley, RN, MSN, FNP-C
  • October - Lymphedema Therapy
    • Click HERE for the presentation by Margaret Secrest, PT CLT-LANA


2014 was made possible by The Benwood Foundation

  • February - Breast Reconstruction Procedures & Techniques
  • May - Nutrition Matters
  • August - The Lingering Effects of Chemotherapy
  • October - The Importance of Peer Support for Survivors 


2018 Dates, made possible by the Lillian L. Colby Foundation:


March 1 - Judith Pedersen-Benn; MS, CADC, CHT: "Why Would I Want to Join a Support Group?" 


June 7 - Chef Lee Cureton: "Nutrition for Survivors"


August 9 - Casey Waddle, MSN, FNP-C: “Living After You’ve Survived”                                                    .

           

November 8 - Mark A. Brzezienski, MD, FACS : "Advances in Breast Reconstruction"

Educational Series