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.

2022 Virtual Conference

Our 2022 Mass General Cancer Center Survivorship Conference was held virtually on June 23rd.

View conference flyer (pdf).


Ryan Sullivan, MD
Associate Director of the Melanoma Program at the Mass General Cancer Center & Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

The past decade has seen a remarkable number of therapies lead to a dramatic improvement in survival for patients with advanced melanoma. Targeted therapies and immunotherapies are responsible for this improvement, but they can also impact survivorship. Dr. Sullivan will review key aspects of melanoma survivorship and potential issues related to these therapies, surgery, and radiation.

Giselle Perez, PhD
Clinical Health Psychologist at Mass General Hospital, Director of Adolescent & Young Adult Research, Director of the MGH Mind Body Program for Cancer Survivors, & Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Perez will discuss the importance of attending to the post-treatment psychosocial needs of patients with cancer. She will summarize the Cancer Center’s current efforts to improve patients’ coping and resiliency after cancer treatment. She will also present next steps, including expanding clinical groups for adolescent and young adult survivors, METAvivors, and patients who are Spanish-speaking.


Jeffrey Peppercorn, MD, MPH
Survivorship and Supportive Care Director and Medical Oncologist in the Breast Center at Mass General Cancer Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School


2021 Videos

Our 2021 Mass General Cancer Center Survivorship Conference was held as a 3-part webinar series. View webinar videos below from the various sessions: Science Impacting Cancer Care: Translational Medicine and Supportive Care Research; Lifestyle Medicine Interventions; and Coping with Cancer and Managing Stress.

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.