Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Center

  • Introduction

The Cancer Center’s Network for Patients & Families and the Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Center are pleased to announce our annual conference for patients and families: “Through Each Other’s Eyes: Sharing What We’ve Learned from Living with Cancer.” This year’s conference, made possible by a grant from the Conquer Cancer Coalition of Massachusetts, was held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the Simches Research Center.

Spirit Flags

Being diagnosed with cancer changes one’s life forever. How we think, feel, and cope is unique to each of us. By looking through each other’s eyes, we can see the ways others have made sense of living with cancer, helping us in turn to better understand our own experience.

Listening can inspire us to reconsider our past, take action in the present, or prepare for challenges in the future. In this year’s conference, our keynote speakers and panelists will help us to explore what we have learned from living with cancer and to consider the choices available to us as we move forward.

Click here to download or print the conference programThrough Each Other’s Eyes: Sharing What We’ve Learned From Living With Cancer

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 9:00am-2:15pm
Location: Simches Research Center, 3rd Floor 
Charles River Plaza | 185 Cambridge Street | Boston, MA 02114
Complimentary lunch and free parking

8:15 Continental Breakfast and Registration for Afternoon Workshops
Live Music: Michael Caruso

9:00 Welcome
Moderator: Liz Brunner, CEO, Brunner Communications, award-winning reporter and former news anchor, WCVB-TV

9:15 Setting the Stage
David Browning, MSW, Conference Coordinator, Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room

9:30 Keynote Presentation: A Survivor’s Perspective
Felicia Marie Knaul, PhD, cancer survivor, health economist, and author of Beauty Without the Breast

10:00 Break

10:30 Panel Discussion
Patients, family caregivers and Mass General staff who have lived with cancer share their experience

11:30 Keynote Presentation: An Oncologist’s Perspective
Don Dizon, MD, Director of the Mass General Oncology Sexual Health Clinic and survivorship specialist

12:30 Lunch
Live Music: Michael Caruso

1:15 Afternoon Workshops
On the day of the conference, participants choose 1 of 3 afternoon workshops:

The Sum of Our Beautiful Parts  (art activity)
Participants in this workshop will practice mind-body techniques and create a tangible, framed piece of art centered around themes of gratitude and mindfulness. Using mixed media art materials, we will identify a part of the body for which we are thankful, and will focus our creative process on honoring and bringing a sense of wellness and appreciation to this aspect of our physical selves.

Megan Carleton, ATR, LMHC
HOPES Program Art Therapist
Illuminations Program Manager
Mass General Hospital Cancer Center

Through Each Other's Eyes  (conversation group)
This is a "sneak preview" of a new workshop being launched in the Blum Cancer Resource Room, in which participants respond to a story, poem, audio/video segment, or art object designed to stimulate reflection and conversation. It is based on the simple but powerful idea that by listening carefully and learning from each other, we can clarify and expand our own perspectives on what it means to live with cancer.

David Browning, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker
Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room
Mass General Hospital Cancer Center

Cultivating Strength, Endurance and Balance (movement activity)
Participants in this workshop will learn how to develop an exercise routine designed to build strength, endurance, and balance.  With the knowledge of how to create a balanced exercise program, the presenters will encourage small group practice of different exercises as well as answer questions.  Open to patients and family members at all levels of physical fitness.  
Andrea Bonanno, PT, DPT, GCS, CLT
Clinical Specialist, Physical Therapy Services                     
Mass General Hospital              

Matthew Nippins, PT, DPT, CCS
Senior Physical Therapist
Mass General Hospital
Janet Skolnick, OTR/L, CHT, CLT-LANA
Senior Occupational Therapist
Mass General Hospital


Call: 617-724-1822
Drop by: Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room
Yawkey Center, 8th Floor, Suite 8C



Richard B. Simches Research Center, 185 Cambridge Street, in Charles River Plaza, Boston. Please bring your picture ID, as the Simches Research Center is a secure building. Continental breakfast and registration for afternoon workshops begin at 8:15.

*Free valet parking: Charles River Plaza garage (lower level only). The garage entrance is on Cambridge Street (next to Au Bon Pain), which is near the corner of Cambridge Street and Blossom Street. Look for the balloons outside the garage entrance. Take the elevator marked 165 to the upper level. Walk out to the sidewalk, turn right, and walk past Whole Foods and CVS to the entrance to the Simches Research Center (#185).

The Network for Patients & Families is a peer support program for patients, families and friends who are living with, through, and beyond cancer. The Network offers support and builds a community of cancer survivors through member activities and information sharing. To join the Network or to learn more about the Peer Matching Program, the Peer Guide Program, or other Network activities, please contact Paula Gauthier, MSW, Program Coordinator, at or 617-643-1784.

The Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides patients and families access to a wide range of Mass General medical specialists and programs to help with the many different challenges and stages of living with cancer. These services are available from diagnosis, during treatment, and post-treatment. Services include integrated therapies, wellness programs, support and counseling, educational conferences and workshops.

Your Mass General Cancer Center Care Team will assess your risk for short-term or long-term side effects and establish an
ongoing care plan. Continuity of care is provided by communicating with your primary care providers. Referrals for consultation with medical specialists at Mass General are made as needed. Ask your treatment team for recommendations regarding what services might best meet your needs.

This conference is made possible by a grant from the Conquer Cancer Coalition of Massachusetts, our 2014 conference sponsor. If you are interested in making a gift to support the Network for Patients & Families or other programs at the Mass General Cancer Center, please contact Michelle Filteau in the Development Offi ce at or 617-724-6410.




Last Year's Conference

Dr Lecia Sequist, Mass General Cancer Center oncologist in the Center for Thoracic Cancers, gave a keynote lecture at the 2013 Survivorship Conference. Her talk was entitled "The Changing Landscape of Cancer Care".