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Metastatic Breast Cancer Forum Highlights

  • from the 2020 Virtual Series

    Patients with metastatic breast cancer and their loved ones gathered virtually in 2020 for series of online events focused on education, support, and companionship. Below are some highlights from the annual forum series, directed by Nancy Lin, MD, and sponsored by Dana-Farber's Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers and EMBRACE (Ending Metastatic Breast Cancer for Everyone).

    The 2020 EMBRACE Metastatic Breast Cancer Virtual Forum Series will continue into the coming months. Get information about upcoming sessions.


  • Welcome Session

  • Nancy Lin, MD, and Eric P. Winer, MD, welcome patients and caregivers to the EMBRACE Metastatic Breast Cancer Forum and discuss new developments and promising areas of research in metastatic breast cancer at Dana-Farber and beyond. Recorded October 17, 2020.


  • Research Update for ER-Positive MBC

  • Daniel Abravanel, MD, PhD; Otto Metzger, MD; and Adrienne (Ada) Waks, MD, discuss advances in research and treatment for patients with ER-positive metastatic breast cancer. Recorded October 17, 2020.


  • Research Update for HER2-Positive MBC

  • Heather Parsons, MD, MPH; Ian Krop, MD, PhD; and Nancy Lin, MD, discuss advances in research and treatment for patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer. Recorded October 17, 2020.


  • Research Update for Triple-Negative MBC

  • Elizabeth Mittendorf, MD, PhD; Sara Tolaney, MD, MPH; and Filipa Lynce, MD, discuss advances in research and treatment for patients with triple-negative metastatic breast cancer. Recorded October 17, 2020.


  • Studying Treatment Resistance

  • Nikhil Wagle, MD, presents several case studies as he explains how research on treatment resistance is conducted. The presentation is followed by a question-and-answer session. Recorded November 4, 2020.


  • Expert Panel: Managing Side Effects

  • Learn from our expert panel, including Douglas Brandoff, MD; Jennifer Mckenna, NP; Anne Kelly, MSN, NP; and Heather DeMille Hirsch, MD, MS, about palliative, integrative, and medical strategies for managing side effects, including post-menopausal symptoms, followed by a question and answer session. Recorded November 18, 2020. 

  • Financial Planning with MBC

  • Rick Fingerman, CFP®, CDFA®, CFS®, CCPS™, managing partner at Financial Planning Solutions, LLC, discusses a pragmatic approach to developing your own plan for managing MBC. Recorded November 20, 2020.


  • Working with MBC: Know Your Rights

  • Gavi Bogin-Farber is an associate in the law firm of Sherin and Lodgen LLP. She focuses her practice on representing individuals in employment discrimination cases and advises clients in a broad variety of employment matters. Learn about work-related issues you may confront as a person with MBC, as well as strategies for dealing with them. Recorded January 6, 2021.

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  • Highlights from the 2019 Metastatic Breast Cancer Forum

    If you were unable to attend the 2019 Forum, you may view highlights from the event.

    The forum also included a screening of the short film, Living. Living is a 40-minute documentary profiling four metastatic breast cancer patients who share their stories about living with MBC. View the film.