Educational Lectures provide access to valuable information including medical, legal, financial, and other cancer specific topics. All Gilda’s Club NYC lectures are free and open to members and the general public, reservations are required. Members can reserve their spot via our Program Calendar and non-members can call to reserve a spot. For a complete list of upcoming lectures check our Program Calendar, to view previous lectures visit our YouTube Channel.

Medical Cannabis: Cancer Pain Management & More
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Facilitated by Dara Huang, M.D., Manhattan Compassionate Care.

In this lecture, Dr. Huang talks about the science and history of medical cannabis, how it differs from recreational marijuana, and when and how it can be helpful for symptom relief for patients living with cancer. However, it is still controversial and not lawful in all states. She also discusses the required administrative process to get a cannabis prescription in New York State.

Power in the Information Age: Inside Flatiron’s mission to learn from the experience of every cancer patient
September 21, 2018
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.

Slideshow: Power in the Information Age: Inside Flatiron’s mission to learn from the patient experience (pdf)

BRCA Genetics and Hereditary Caner in the Ashkenazi Jewish Population
October 23, 2018
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.

Shining the Light on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPNs)
September 20, 2018
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.

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Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Clinical Trials
June 21, 2018
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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