Understanding Breast Cancer Supportive Care Issues – Brown Bag Chat


Join us for a lunch time LIVE Web Chat with OncoLink’s Breast Cancer Supportive Care Experts on October 22, 2009 at 12:30-1:30pm EST.

You can submit questions during the chat or ahead of time. A transcript of the chat will be available after the event. Submit a Question Now!

Have questions about side effects and health concerns during and after your breast cancer treatment?

Then be sure to tune into this week’s Brown Bag Chat. Log on to www.oncolink.org/blogs/ at 12:30pm Thursday October 22nd, as we talk with our Supportive Care Experts.

Some of the topics we will be talking about:

Nutrition Before, During and After Breast Cancer Treatment
Karen Wagner MS, RD, LDN is a clinical dietitian specialist for the Abramson Cancer Center who is currently working with gynecologic oncology patients. Prior to specializing in oncology Karen worked with a wide variety of patients in both hospitals and clinics, and taught nutrition and cooking classes. She has been with the cancer center since June of 2006.

Yoga as Therapy for Cancer Patients and Survivors: Achieving Balance through Breathwork, Meditation and Movement
Fern Nibauer-Cohen is the Associate Director of Strategic Marketing Services here at Penn Medicine. She oversees the strategic marketing for the Abramson Cancer Center and the Division of Surgery. While the depth of her experience is in marketing cancer programs and services, she has a very strong interest in patient-related outreach. Fern is certified in teaching yoga to cancer patients through the Integral Yoga Institute in Virginia. Combining her passion of the practice of yoga with her experience in working at a cancer center, Fern is working with Dr. Jun Mao here at Penn to develop our first yoga program for cancer patients. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. Over the past seven years, she has been involved in the intensive study of ayurveda (a sister science of yoga focused on self healing) and yoga therapy as it relates to cancer patients. She is very happy to be at Penn
and the Abramson Cancer Center to bring the joy of yoga to our program.

Coping with Financial and Emotional Concerns of Breast Cancer Treatment
Tracy Lautenbach, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker in the Radiation Oncology Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. She has been a social worker for 20 years and has worked at Penn since 2005. She works with a variety of oncology patients that receive radiation therapy. Tracy addresses problems and concerns identified through assessments, ranging from financial to adjustment and coping with illness.

Solutions for Chemotherapy Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment
Carolyn Vachani, MSN, RN, AOCN is a certified advanced practice oncology nurse. She has worked in the areas of medical hematology and oncology, bone marrow transplant, clinical research, radiation therapy and staff development. In her current role, she serves as the nurse educator for OncoLink, the Abramson Cancer Center’s award-winning cancer information website, which receives an average 3.9 million page views a month. She serves as the project leader in the development and maintenance of the LIVESTRONG Care Plan, a partnership which was launched in the spring of 2009 to bring the OncoLife survivorship care plan to more cancer patients around the world.

Solutions for Radiation Side effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

Tammi Fisher RN, OCN, is a board certified oncology nurse in the Radiation Oncology Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. She has been an oncology nurse for 15 years. She has dedicated her career to women’s health. She currently assists breast and GYN cancer patients that receive radiation therapy. Tammi addresses the side effects and concerns of her radiation oncology patients with an open mind and a wealth of knowledge.

Using Poetry to Help with Healing from a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
Alysa Cummings is the OncoLink Poet-in-Residence and 11 year cancer survivor. She writes Greetings from CancerLand, a column describing the cancer experience through the eyes of a long term survivor. Her digital photography, book and media reviews have also appeared on the OncoLink website over the years. Prior to her diagnosis, Alysa worked as an educational administrator in various school districts across southern NJ. Now retired, she devotes herself full time to fellow survivors – as a health educator, patient navigator, conference presenter, American Cancer Society volunteer, treatment coach and poetry therapist. Alysa regularly hosts poetry therapy groups where cancer patients explore the healing power of writing. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation honored Alysa’s efforts with a Local Hero Award in 2004 and a Living the Vision Award in 2009. NAPT gave Alysa their 2008 Public Service Award. In 2007 SJ Magazine cited Alysa as one of the five South Jersey Pioneers in Breast Cancer.

Tracy Lautenbach, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker in the Radiation Oncology Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. She has been a social worker for 20 years and has worked at Penn since 2005. She works with a variety of oncology patients that receive radiation therapy. Tracy addresses problems and concerns identified through assessments, ranging from financial to adjustment and coping with illness.

Neal Niznan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over thirteen years experience in the field of oncology helping patients and family members manage the emotional impact of living with cancer. He currently is a social worker in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Neal also maintains a private psychotherapy practice for individuals, couples and families.