Basics of Breast Cancer
Produced in collaboration with Susan G. Komen
Support for this patient education program was provided by an educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Seattle Genetics, Inc., and an independent educational grant from AstraZeneca.
Every breast cancer journey is unique, hear from real patients as they navigated from initial symptoms to treatment considerations with their multidisciplinary health care team. In this program, patients, caregivers, and family members are invited to learn about how breast cancer is diagnosed, why subtypes matter, existing and emerging treatment options, and how to manage side effects.
A panel of patients and breast cancer clinical and advocacy experts address questions submitted by the audience, discuss complications, strategies to make decisions with your team, and how to optimize management of your or your loved one’s cancer.
Watch this educational session to hear the expert panel discuss:
- The symptoms, biology, and methods used for diagnosing breast cancer and its stages
- The importance of a multidisciplinary breast cancer care team and questions patients should ask to gain knowledge about disease and treatment
- The importance of decision aids, resources, and support groups to improve shared decision-making among patients with MBC
Ann Partridge, MD, MPH
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, is professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and vice chair of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, where she also serves as director of the Adult Survivorship Program and leads the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer. Her most substantial research contributions focus on the clinical epidemiology of breast cancer in young women, aiming to understand and improve their care and outcomes. Dr Partridge serves in leadership roles nationally and internationally, including as co-chair of the Breast Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. She has received prior awards, including a Champions of Change award from the White House. Dr Partridge received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York.
Rebecca Seago-Coyle is a 10-year breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in 2010 at the age of 35 with Stage 1 ER+, HER2+ and BRCA2+. Working in IT for almost 20 years she has a passion for technology and now the impact technology has on healthcare. She leverages her organizational skills to her advocacy, ensuring projects she’s involved move forward and ultimately help patients. Rebecca was exposed to the power of advocacy even before she was diagnosed: remembering a woman sharing her story of survivorship and how impactful she was to others. With a strong family history of breast cancer in her family, Rebecca was inspired to advocate for breast cancer research, specifically for young women who are newly diagnosed, like she was. Her volunteer and advocacy work has only grown over the years advocating for several national organizations providing the patient perspective to researchers and clinicians. Rebecca makes herself available to provide hope to those recently diagnosed and is a believer in the importance of a healthy lifestyle, especially for those diagnosed with breast cancer.
Rebecca has a MA in Geography and BA in Anthropology. She is a Komen Scholar, Komen Advocate in Science Steering Committee member, YSC RISE advocate, graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project Lead advocacy training program, and Alamo Scholar with the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Rebecca also serves as a consumer reviewer for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program and a peer reviewer for Komen Research grants as well as serves on the Cochrane Breast Cancer Editorial Team. Leading by example, she runs marathon, cycles and practices yoga.
Susan G. Komen
Ms. Kristina Broussard is an Education and Patient Support Manager within the mission department of Susan. G. Komen. She has been with Komen since 2007. Ms. Broussard is responsible for designing, developing, implementing, evaluating and coordinating education projects for varying audiences. Ms. Broussard also collaborates with internal and external colleagues to develop, deliver and manage and promote many breast cancer projects and programs by developing specialized tools and training with breast cancer content. Ms. Broussard also partners with stakeholders, partners and others to complete projects by outlining scope, deliverables, required resources, budget and timing. Prior work within Komen involved providing strategic direction to our Affiliate Network for education, board development and fundraising and answering calls for our Komen Breast Care Helpline.
Prior to joining Komen in 2007, Ms. Broussard worked in various roles in both for profit and not for profit entities. Ms. Broussard received her Master’s in Health Studies from Texas Women’s University and her Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Texas A&M University.
Ms. Broussard currently resides in Burleson, TX with her husband and two children.