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CURE's patient focused sessions at Miami Breast consists of a full-day event hosted in tandem with the Miami Breast Cancer Conference® that seeks to educate, inform and challenge the thinking of worldwide breast cancer patients. The program is designed to draw a crowd that represents all stages and demographics of breast cancer patients, as well as their caregivers and advocates.

Join us as we, a community of patients, advocates, nurses, and survivors:

  • Review Clinical data to understand what it means for us as patients, caregivers, and advocates.
  • Examine financial options available for those undergoing treatment or recovering from treatment.
  • Analyze what survivorship is really about.
  • Assess current clinical trial options available.


Adam M. Brufsky, MD, PhD
Ann H. Patridge, MD, MPH
Deborah Boyle, MSN, RN, AOCNS, FAAN
Ellen Miller Sonet, JD, MBA
Maimah Karmo
Patricia Jakel, RN, MN, AOCN
Patrick I. Borgen, MD
Rose Gerber
Stephanie Seban
Sue Friedman (FORCE)
Dawn McGraw
Hope S. Rugo, MD, FASCO

Agenda (subject to change)

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Laughter Yoga
8:50 – 9:20 a.m.
Breakfast & Registration
Side Effects Session
9:20 – 9:40 a.m.
Managing Side Effects Of Treatment
Hope S. Rugo, MD, FASCO
9:40 – 10:00 a.m.
Survivorship Care Planning
Debi Boyle
10:00 – 10:20 a.m.
Panel: Adverse Event Management
Hope S. Rugo, MD, FASCO, Debi Boyle and Maimah Karmo
10:20 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Pharma Sponsored Talk
Genetics Session - Sponsored by Myriad®
11:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Treatments for BRCA+
Adam M. Brufsky, MD, PhD
11:20 – 11:40 a.m.
Genetic Counseling
Sue Friedman
11:40 – 11:50 a.m.
Myriad's Genetic Quiz
11:50 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Panel: BRCA, Hereditary Cancers, Genetic Counseling
Adam M. Brufsky, MD, PhD, Sue Friedman, Shannon Pulaski, Dr. DuPree, Dawn McGraw
12:20 – 1:20 p.m.
Break & Lunch
What You Need To Know Session
1:20 – 1:40 p.m.
Participating in Clinical Trials
Rose Gerber
1:40 – 2:00 p.m.
Psychosocial, Behavioral, And Communication Issues in Breast Cancer Care
Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH
1:20 – 1:40 p.m.
Survivorship Care Planning
2:00 – 2:20 p.m.
Managing Financial Toxicity
Ellen Miller Sonet
2:20 – 2:40 p.m.
Rose Gerber, Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH Ellen Miller Sonet
CDK4/6 Session
2:40 – 3:00 p.m.
CDK4/6 Inhibitors, What you need to know?
Debu Tripathy, MD
3:00 – 3:20 p.m.
CDK4/6 Inhibitor Side Effects
Patricia Jakel
3:20 – 3:40 p.m.
Panel: Conversation on CDK4/6
Debu Tripathy, MD, Patricia Jakel, Stephanie Seban
3:40 – 4:30 p.m.
Keynote from Patrick I. Borgen, MD
4:30 p.m.
Adjourn/Closing Reception with MBCC attendees (Great Lawn)

Laughter Yoga Details

Laughter Yoga is based on the practice of utilizing the breath for our health and well-being. It's a group exercise where we laugh together intentionally while creating fun, visual scenarios and physical movement. We initiate laughter as an exercise in the group, but with eye contact and childlike playfulness, which soon turns into real and contagious laughter. The session will conclude with a relaxing guided imagery meditation. A great way to start your day!

“Uniting people the world over in remarkable, spontaneous and hilarious sessions of healing and health.”

Male Breast Cancer survivor Khevin Barnes has been practicing and teaching Laughter Yoga for 10 years. Trained by Dr. Madan Kataria of India (the founder of the Laughter Yoga Movement) he is delighted to introduce convention attendees to this fun and relaxing form of exercise.


Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel
4441 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Reservations: 800-548-8886

This oceanfront property features 1,504 guest rooms and suites, including 846 rooms and suites in the original Fontainebleau buildings and 658 junior one- and two-bedroom suites in two new all-suite towers. The 22-acre Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel also features signature restaurants by award-winning chefs; 2 chic nightlife venues; a 2-story, 40,000-square-foot spa; an expansive poolscape; a pristine Atlantic Ocean beach and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities. A landmark since its debut in 1954, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel has been restored and transformed by a team of renowned architects and designers to create the most dynamic destination resort on the Eastern Seaboard.


The Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel is located on Collins Avenue, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, 3 miles from South Beach. It is conveniently located near both Miami and Fort Lauderdale International Airports.

The Miami Breast Cancer Conference® Reception

The 36th Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference® (MBC) reception, taking place on the lawn of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, is an opportunity for patients, advocates, survivors and caregivers to meet attendees and faulty of the world-renowned MBC conference. The reception, featuring live music, food, and drinks, is not to be missed! Attendees of the Patient Track are welcome to attend, free of charge.


Registration includes attendance, breakfast and lunch, as well as hor d'oeuvres and drinks, at the Miami Breast Cancer Conference® closing reception. In lieu of a registration fee, CURE® will incur all program costs. We would like to take this time to offer you the chance to make a donation to The CURE - Cancer Support Scholarship of the Lep Foundation for Youth Education.

Optional Donation

Partners & Supporters

The Lep Foundation and CURE® work in collaboration to support young adults affected by cancer who have shown the courage and determination to finish their college education despite their setbacks. This scholarship will help to deter the costs of college for these individuals, who may not have the resources because of overwhelming medical costs. The scholarship is designated for students who were diagnosed with cancer and whose disease and related treatments have placed a significant financial burden on them and their families.