Educational Lectures provide access to valuable information including medical, legal, financial, and other cancer specific topics. These lectures are open to the public and do not require membership to Gilda’s Club NYC. Check our program calendar for our upcoming lectures.

Date: October 23, 2018
Title: BRCA Genetics and Hereditary Caner in the Ashkenazi Jewish Population
Speaker: Melissa K. Rosen, MA, Director of National Outreach & Peggy Cottrell, MS, CGC, Genetics Program Coordinator of Sharsheret

Melissa K. Rosen and Peggy Cottrell will present an overview on the BRCA genes and what it means to carry the mutation. Those of Ashkenazi Jewish descent are 10x more likely to carry the BRCA mutation. They will focus on the genetic implications among the Ashkenazi population. They will also review who should consider genetic screening and what should be considered prior to screening as well.

Date: September 21, 2018
Title: Power in the Information Age: Inside Flatiron’s mission to learn from the experience of every cancer patient
Speaker: Kathleen Maignan, AGPCNP-BC, MSN, OCN, Clinical Director, Flatiron Health

Gilda’s Club NYC joined the efforts of Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in hosting a Biden Cancer Community Summit, featuring a special presentation and Q&A with Flatiron Health.

Date: July 17, 2018
Title: Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Bone Health
Speaker: Brian Golden, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center

Many cancer treatments can increase the risk of bone related health issues such as pain, bone fractures, and osteoporosis. Bone health is important to your overall health and well-being, and avoiding further injury can also prevent additional physical and emotional stress. This lecture will discuss how to best manage your bone health while undergoing treatment for cancer.

Date: September 20, 2018
Title: Shining the Light on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs)
Speakers: Sandy Allen-Bard, NPc, MSN, ANCC, AOCNP, Leukemia Nurse Practitioner, Weill Cornell Medicine/New York Presbyterian Hospital and Lauren L. Rigney, MS, LMHC, NCC, Private Practice

Sandy Allen-Bard, will provide information about physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle strategies to assist in managing side effects while living with an MPN.

Lauren Rigney, will explain chronic anxiety and its effects; the interactions of mind, body, and emotion and the way mindfulness helps to regain control. Attendees will learn specific techniques to help in managing anxiety.

Date: June 21, 2018
Title: Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Clinical Trials
Speaker: Bobby Green, MD, Senior Vice President, Clinical Oncology at Flatiron Health

Dr. Bobby Green discusses how clinical trials are structured, and how to foster an open dialogue with the health care team about the eligibility and the viability of clinical trials as a treatment option. In addition, learn about the importance of shared decision making and resources to help facilitate these conversations.

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