Explore the Patients and Families Conference


Join Mass General Cancer Center staff, clinicians and other individuals living with, through and beyond cancer. All Mass General Cancer Center current and past patients and their family members and friends are welcome to attend this free annual event.

The annual Patients and Families Conference is organized by the Cancer Center’s Network for Patients & Families and the Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Program and is made possible by a grant from the Conquer Cancer Coalition of Massachusetts.

Save the Date!

Our 2022 Virtual Survivorship Conference will be held Thursday, June, 23rd from 4pm – 5pm.

2021 Virtual Conference Series

Our 2021 Mass General Cancer Center Survivorship Conference was held as a 3-part webinar series. View webinar videos below from the various sessions.

View conference series flyer (pdf).

Science Impacting Cancer Care: Translational Medicine and Supportive Care Research

Translational research helps move new ideas and treatments from the lab to the clinic. Supportive care research strives to improve the experience and outcomes of patients and caregivers across the continuum of cancer care. Learn about the latest, cutting-edge advances in this webinar.

Aditya Bardia, MD, MPH: Medical Oncologist, Mass General Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Jennifer Temel, MD: Clinical Director of Thoracic Oncology, Co-Director Cancer Outcomes Research & Education Program, and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

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Lifestyle Medicine Interventions

Lifestyle medicine is the practice of adopting evidence-based lifestyle behaviors (such as regular exercise, healthy eating habits, and other positive behavior changes) to improve and sustain health. Join us to learn more about how you can benefit from lifestyle changes.

Betsy O’Donnell, MD: Director of Lifestyle Medicine and Medical Oncologist, Mass General Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Carol Sullivan, RD: Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition, Mass General Cancer Center

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Coping with Cancer and Managing Stress

Cancer and its treatment can cause a considerable amount of stress for patients and their loved ones. Join us to learn ways to cope during and after treatment, including looking at some stress-reducing apps.

Elyse R. Park, PhD, MPH: Clinical Psychologist, Associate Director of Survivorship Research, Director of Behavioral Research for the MGH Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Areej El-Jawahri, MD: Medical Oncologist, Bone Marrow Transplant Survivorship Program Director, Mass General Cancer Center and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

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2021 Videos

2019 Conference Videos

Finding Your Place in the World after Cancer: Opportunities and Challenges. This conference addresses how Mass General Cancer Center is working to better recognize and combat traumatic thinking. You will be given tools and resources to help you find and maintain your emotional footing as you adapt to your new reality.

2018 Conference Videos

Own Your Story: Creating Meaning from Your Cancer Experience. How do you create meaning within your cancer experience? We all have diverse ways of making our experiences meaningful. What else have others done to find a sense of meaning from their cancer experience? Learn from patients, caregivers, and care providers and connect with others as we discover new goals and possibilities together.

2016 Conference Videos

Sustaining Hope and Cultivating Resilience: The Emotional Impact of Innovations in Cancer Therapies. This conference explored the impact of innovations on the patient experience as well as strategies for maintaining emotional balance through the ups and downs of treatment.