MBC Toggle Test

Registration is Now Open for MBCC 2020!

Join us at the Third Annual Susan G. Komen Chicago Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference and Resource Fair on April 3 – 4, 2020 for the most current information on treatments, research trials, patient support and national issues for metastatic/stage IV breast cancer (MBC)
This conference is free to attend, but attendees will need to register.


Our conference will again be held at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
located at 355 E Erie in downtown Chicago


Conference Overview

The Annual Metastatic Conference has been thoughtfully planned by a small committee of women living with metastatic breast cancer. The Planning Committee designed the agenda to provide conference participants with an opportunity to:

    (1) Learn about scientific breakthroughs and emerging treatment options
    (2) Discover different ways to improve quality of life on a daily basis
    (3) Gain support and build community

The conference is geared towards people living with metastatic breast cancer but is open to breast cancer patients of all stages.

Over the course of two days, presenters will cover the biology of metastatic breast cancer, advances in treatment, emerging research, clinical trials, as well as address the psychological and social issues faced by those living with MBC and caregivers.


Friday April 3, 2020

8:00-9:30 Research fair: poster presentations on breast cancer research and clinical trials
9:30-9:40 Welcome
9:40-9:55 Group Activity yoga stretches Tonna Reinhold
9:55-10:40 Latest trends in all subtypes of breast cancer Dr. Ben Ho Park
10:40-10:50 Q and A with Dr. Ben Ho Park Dr. Ben Ho Park
10:50-11:00 Break/transition to breakout sessions
11:00-11:45 Breakout sessions on cancer metastasis:
Bone Dr. Ben Ho Park
Internal Organs TBD
Brain TBD
Lobular TBD
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Breast cancer disparities in Chicago Kathy Tossas-Milligan
1:00-1:45 Building your care team beyond your oncologist: Corrine, Dr. Carolyn Kirschner, Dr. Lauren Wiebe, Lindsay Emalfarb
1:45-2:00 Break/transition to breakout sessions
2:00-2:45 Breakout sessions:
Diagnosed within the last year Dr. Ian Krop
Financial impact of breast cancer Monica Bryant
Sexuality Dr. Carolyn Kirschner
2:45-3:00 Move back to main room
3:00-3:45 Clinical trials Dr. Ian Krop
3:45-3:55 Q and A Dr. Ian Krop
3:55-4:30 Mindfulness activity Dr. David Victorson


Saturday April 4, 2020
8:00-9:30 Vendor fair
9:30-9:40 Welcome
9:40-9:55 Group activity Meditation/Guided Visualization Melanie Phillips
9:55-10:45 CBD/Survivorship Dr. Steven Pergam
10:45-11:00 Q and A Dr. Steven Pergam
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:15 Patient Panel Tricia Jensen, Bernadette Priestly, Shannette Clay, Kelly Grosklags
12:15-12:45 Lunch Kathy Tossas-Milligan
12:45-1:15 Snack Demo Chef Ryan Hutmacher
1:15-1:25 Break and move to breakout sessions
1:25-2:10 Breakout sessions:
Family Issues Kelly Grosklags
Food first for Supplements Lori Bumbaco, RDN, CSO,LDN
Navigating healthcare TBD
Legacy Planning TBD
2:10-2:15 Transition back to main room
2:15-2:25 Group Activity musical vibration healing Tiffany Mitchenor
2:20-2:30 Closing Remarks











Attending the Conference

Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Sky Lobby
355 E Erie
Chicago, IL 60611

For those unable to attend in person, The 2020 Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference will also be offered via livestream! There will be no charge for individuals to attend the livestream conference. If you would like to attend via the livestream, please register to have the link for the conference sent to you. A link to the recording of the livestream will be placed at www.komenchicago.org/mbc once the conference concludes.

Call for Abstracts for Poster Session

This conference aims to provide education, support, and empowerment for breast cancer survivors, thrivers, fighters, co-survivors, and health professionals. The annual Metastatic Breast Cancer conference covers topics such as: the latest in research and treatment, clinical trial participation, improving quality of life, and building a care team. A poster session, health care professional panel and patient panel will be held at this conference as well as several activities related to mental, physical, and emotional wellness throughout the breast cancer journey. The poster session will be held on Friday, April 3rd from 8:00-9:30am. Presenters are welcome to attend the conference which runs from 8am – 4:30pm April 3-4. For more details, click the link below for a complete application. (NOTE: You must download the form for it to be fillable.)

Shannon Evoy Collins Memorial Travel Scholarship

We will again be offering travel scholarships to people traveling more than 50 miles to attend the conference. Click here for information on applying for one of our travel scholarships!


Who was Shannon? Shannon was a member of our MBC Conference planning committee. In 2018, for her 30th birthday, in lieu of gifts, Shannon and her husband asked for monetary donations to help offset the costs of travel and lodging for people to attend our annual conference. Thanks to the $9,000 donated in her name, 11 people from around the country were able to attend. Sadly, Shannon passed away from metastatic breast cancer in June 2019 at the age of 30. We have decided to continue her efforts and carry on the scholarship in her name.


Resource Fair

Is your organization interested in hosting a booth at our Resource Fair? For a small $20 fee, we are offering the opportunity to include your organization as a community partner for the event. For more information, and to register your organization as an official vendor, click here



Thank You to Our 2020 MBCC Sponsors



Check Out Photos from our 2019 Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference!


Questions? Email MBC@KomenChicago.org

Go to Top