Due to the quarantine, we had to cancel our annual in-person Cancer Survivorship 101 event that was planned for June, 2020. Instead, we created a series of video lectures presented here on our website and our YouTube page featuring the speakers that were to be highlighted at the event.

Scroll down to see new videos from each speaker as they are released each month, and follow the Cancer Survivorship 101, 2020 Video Playlist on YouTube to watch the series and share with others. 

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Do you have questions about the material presented in the Cancer Survivorship 101 series? 
During the month that a presentation is available you can submit questions to survivorshipprogram@gmail and the speaker will email an answer to you. 

 

Cancer Survivorship 101, 2020 – 2021 Program

July 2020
Covid Kitchen for Cancer Survivors
Maura Harrigan, MS, RD, CSO
Oncology Registered Dietician/Project Manager
Registered Dietician Nutritionist
Survivorship Clinic, Yale Cancer Center

August 2020
Current Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors
Scott Capozza, PT, MSPT
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy
Smilow Cancer Hospital Adult Survivorship Clinic at Yale Cancer Center
Oncology Outpatient Rehabilitation at the St. Raphael’s Campus/YNHH

September 2020
“I Have Cancer, Why Do I Need a Primary Care Provider?”
Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Internist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Clinical Director, Internal Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 

October 2020
Parenting with Cancer 
Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Therapy and Social Work, Fairfield University 

November 2020
Keynote Speaker: Financial Toxicity in Cancer Survivorship 
Samantha Eisenstein Watson, MBA
Founder of The Samfund
Managing Director of Stewardship, Expect Miracles Foundation 

December 2020
Fear and Anxiety of Cancer Recurrence
Daniel L. Hall, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Faculty, Mongan Institute Health Policy Research Center
Staff Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital/ Behavioral Medicine/Benson-Henry Institute/MGH Cancer Center/Cancer Survivorship Program 

January 2021 
Caring for a Loved One with Cancer: Let's Talk
Kelly M. Shaffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Center for Behavioral Health and Technology
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
University of Virginia School of Medicine 

February 2021 
Can Botanicals Help in Cancer Survivorship?
Darshan Mehta, MD 
Medical Director, Director of Medical Education, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital 

March 2021 
Perspectives of Adolescents and Young Adults Undergoing Cancer Treatment and Beyond Treatment
Giselle K. Perez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Senior Scientist, Health Policy Research Center at the Mongan Institute
Chair, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Clinical Health Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital Behavioral Medicine Service, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Survivorship Program

April 2021 
“I Had Cancer, Now I Have to Worry About My Heart?” 
Anju Nohria, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center 

May 2021 
“How I Became a Cancer Survivor Advocate
Stacey Tinianov, BCPA
Patient/Community Engagement and Advocacy Consultant

June 2021
The Office of Cancer Survivorship of the National Institute of Health and How it Can Help Cancer Survivors in Our Community
Emily Tonorezos MD, MPH
Director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Institutes of Health

July 2021  
Post Traumatic Stress in Cancer Survivors
Lara Traeger, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Behavioral Medicine Services 
Massachusetts General Hospital 

August 2021 
“I Have Cancer, Should I Undergo Genetic Testing?”
Huma Q. Rama, MD, MPH
Clinical Director, Diviaion of Cancer Genetics and Prevention
Dana Farber Cancer Institute 

September 2021 
Onco-Nephrology — Taking Care of the Kidney Through Cancer Survivorship
David Ortiz-Melo, MD
Duke University Medical Center

October 2021 
Breast Cancer Survivorship — More than a Mammogram
Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Founder and Director, Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer
Director, Adult Survivorship Program
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

November 2021 
To Be Determined

December 2021 
The Association Between Anxiety, Depression, and Lack of Social Support and Cancer Related Pain 
Sarah K. Galloway, PhD
Levine Cancer Institute
Supportive Oncology Clinic 

 

 


Introduction by Jay Burton, DO

Jay Burton, DO
President Survivor JourneysTM

Dr. Jay Burton has been a primary care physician with Springfield Medical Associates in the Enfield,Connecticut office since 1988. He has provided medical care for generations of local families. Dr. Burton was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in May 2010. He has undergone chemotherapy, total body irradiation, and a stem cell transplant as part of his cancer treatment. He has been in remission since July 2010. During and subsequent to his cancer treatment, Dr. Burton realized that cancer survivors often do not receive comprehensive primary care. Dr. Burton developed The Primary Care Cancer Survivorship Program (PCCSP) within Springfield Medical Associates to help cancer survivors coordinate and receive primary care services during and after active cancer treatment. Dr. Burton founded Survivor JourneysTM because of the lack of social and emotional support services in our region for cancer survivors, their caregivers, and families.


April, 2021: “I Had Cancer, Now I Have to Worry About My Heart?”

Anju Nohria, MD, MSc.
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center

Dr. Anju Nohria is the Director of the Cardio-Oncology Program at Dana Faber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and is an advanced heart disease specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nohria received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and was a chief resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She then completed both a cardiovascular medicine fellowship and a heart failure and transplantation fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Nohria’s clinical activities span cardio-oncology and heart failure and transplantation. The author of over 60-peer reviewed publications, she currently researches how to evaluate, prevent and treat cardiovascular complications than can arise as a consequence of cancer treatment.


March, 2021: Perspectives of Adolescents and Young Adults Undergoing Cancer Treatment and Beyond Treatment

Giselle K. Perez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Senior Scientist, Health Policy Research Center at the Mongan Institute
Chair, Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Clinical Health Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Behavioral Medicine Service, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Survivorship Program 

Giselle K. Perez, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and a clinical health psychologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She has a strong interest in cancer survivorship and behavioral intervention research and is committed to identifying innovative solutions to improve cancer prevention, health care equity, and cancer outcomes among vulnerable, underserved and minority groups, particularly adolescents and young adults. Specific research interests include the development of behavioral and mind-body interventions to promote stress coping and improve overall physical and emotional health outcomes for patients throughout the cancer spectrum.  Clinically, she specializes in working with adolescents and young adults touched by cancer with a focus on managing the unexpected social and emotional challenges that occur after cancer treatment, improving stress and anxiety symptoms, coping with uncertainty, and promoting health behavior change.  In particular, her work examines the physical, psychosocial, and biobehavioral (e.g., stress hormones) effects of stress and stress interventions in cancer patients and survivors.


February 2021: Can Botanicals Help in Cancer Survivorship?

Darshan Mehta, MD 
Medical Director, Director of Medical Education, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of Education for the Osher Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Medical Director of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH, and Interim Director for the Office for Well-Being with the Center for Faculty Development at MGH. In addition, he is the MGH site director for the Practice of Medicine curriculum required of all 1st-year Harvard Medical School students, and leads their well-being curriculum. His educational and research interests include curricular development in complementary and integrative medical therapies, mind/body educational interventions in health professions training, and promotion of professionalism in medical trainees.


January 2021: "Caring for a Loved One with Cancer, Let's Talk"

Kelly M. Shaffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Center for Behavioral Health and Technology
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Kelly Shaffer is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Behavioral Health and Technology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, having completed training at the University of Miami, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Specializing in family caregiving and psychosocial oncology, her work examines how to modernize and expand psychosocial care to cancer caregivers through scalable and effective technology-based interventions.


December, 2020: Fear and Anxiety of Cancer Recurrence

Daniel L. Hall, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Faculty, Mongan Institute Health Policy Research Center
Staff Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital/ Behavioral Medicine/Benson-Henry Institute/MGH Cancer Center/Cancer Survivorship Program
 

Daniel L. Hall, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical health psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He is a faculty member of the Mongan Institute Health Policy Research Center and a core member of the MGH Behavioral Medicine Program, Benson-Henry Institute, Cancer Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) Program, and Cancer Survivorship Program. Dr. Hall’s interests include (a) uncertainty, stress, and health behaviors among adults affected by cancer and (b) the development and implementation of behavioral interventions for managing these concerns. His research is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. You can follow Dr. Hall @DanielHallPhD.


November, 2020: Financial Toxicity in Cancer Survivorship with Samantha Eisenstein Watson, MBA

Keynote Speaker: Samantha Eisenstein Watson, MBA
Founder of The Samfund
Managing Director of Stewardship, Expect Miracles Foundation 

Samantha Watson, MBA is the Founder of The Samfund and Managing Director of Stewardship at Expect Miracles Foundation. She has been an advocate for young adult cancer survivors for almost two decades, is recognized as a thought leader in the fields of young adult cancer and financial toxicity, and is a current member of ASCO's Cancer Survivorship Committee. She created The Samfund in 2003 to support young adults as they regain their financial health after cancer; to date, The Samfund has awarded close to $2.5 million in grants to individuals across the country. In 2019, The Samfund joined forces with Expect Miracles Foundation though the grants program and commitment to young adults remain entirely intact. Sam is a two-time young adult cancer survivor, diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in December of 1999, and with secondary Myelodysplastic Syndrome in April of 2001. She underwent an allogeneic bone marrow transplant in August of 2001 and now lives outside of Boston with her husband and two children.


October, 2020: Parenting with Cancer with Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW

Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Therapy and Social Work, Fairfield University 

Julie Berrett-Abebe, PhD, LICSW is a social work researcher, educator, and practitioner with expertise in cancer and aging as well as interprofessional practice and education. Julie practiced clinically as an oncology social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she also supervised and lectured in the student training program. With funding from the American Cancer Society, Julie completed a dissertation on interprofessional education and addressing cancer survivors’ unmet psychosocial needs. She graduated with a PhD from Simmons University in 2017. Julie is currently an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Westfield State University, where she is also the training coordinator for a HRSA workforce development grant to train social workers in integrated health care. In fall 2020, Julie will be transitioning to an Assistant Professor appointment at Fairfield University.


September, 2020: "I Have Cancer, Why Do I Need a Primary Care Doctor?" with Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH

Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH
Professor, Harvard Medical School
Internist, Brigham & Women’s Hospital 
Clinical Director, Internal Medicine for Cancer Survivors, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 

Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH is a board-certified general internist and Medical Director of Primary Care Associates, Longwood. Dr. Nekhlyudov received her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and completed residency training at the Yale Primary Care Program. Prior to coming to the BWH, she practiced internal medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates for over 15 years. In addition to being a primary care provider, she has extensive experience in cancer-related research and education. She is particularly interested in improving the care of cancer survivors and the interplay between primary and oncology care.


August, 2020: Current Exercise Guidelines for Cancer Survivors with Scott Capozza, PT, MSPT

Scott J. Capozza, PT, MSPT
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Oncologic Physical Therapy
Smilow Cancer Hospital Adult Survivorship Clinic at Yale Cancer Center
Oncology Outpatient Rehabilitation at the St. Raphael’s Campus/YNHH

Scott Capozza, PT, MSPT has been the physical therapist for the Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic at Yale Cancer Center since its inception in 2006.  In this setting, he works in unison with a dietitian, social worker and physician assistant to address the late and long-term side effects of cancer treatment. Through this collaborative team approach, common survivorship themes such as cancer-related fatigue and fear of recurrence are addressed.  Scott and the survivorship team presented their clinic model at the 2020 American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections Meeting. Scott is also Yale New Haven Hospital’s first dedicated outpatient physical therapist in oncology rehabilitation.  Scott is among the first class of board-certified clinical specialists in oncologic physical therapy in the country and also serves as a SACE II Item Writer for the oncology certification exam through the ABPTS.  He currently is the Membership Chairperson for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Oncologic Physical Therapy as well as the APTA CT Chapter’s Oncology SIG co-chairperson.

 


July, 2020: COVID Kitchen with Maura Harrigan, MS, RD, CSO

Maura Harrigan, MS, RD, CSO
Oncology Research Registered Dietician/Project Manager
Registered Dietician Nutritionist
Adult Survivorship Clinic, Yale Cancer Center

Maura is certified in Adult Weight Management and is a Specialist in Oncology Nutrition through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As part of the multidisciplinary team of the Adult Survivorship Clinic since its inception in 2006, Maura provides the nutrition counseling to cancer survivors of all diagnoses. Maura is a frequently invited speaker addressing the unique nutrition concerns of the cancer survivor. As the Project Manager of the Lifestyle Exercise and Nutrition (LEAN) Study, Maura works with the research team of Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPH and Tara Sanft, MD and provides the nutrition and exercise intervention counseling to the breast cancer participants throughout the course of their active treatment.