The 3rd Annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference Went Virtual!

Given the situation surrounding COVID-19, we decided the most responsible thing we can do is to move the planned one day, in-person conference to a virtual space. To accommodate busy schedules and to prevent individuals from having to spend a whole day in front of a computer, we elected to offer each scheduled session/discussion throughout the month of June. Each session was broadcast via Zoom with simulcasting on Komen Northeast Ohio’s Facebook page. Each session was recorded for later viewing if you cannot attend the live event(s). The links to the recorded sessions are posted below.

Below is the schedule for the 2020 virtual conference sessions. Please click the registration link for each session you would like to attend. All sessions are FREE.


Session Topic

Session Speakers

 Registration Link OR Link to Recorded Session

Monday, June 1 at 6pm

Clinical Trials and Metastatic Breast Cancer

Brenna Elliot, RN, BSN – Research Nurse, Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center

Christine Hodgdon – Founder of and MBC patient

Click here to access the recorded Clinical Trials Session

Tuesday, June 9 at 4pm

Bone Health for Metastatic Cancer Patients

Dr. Adam Brufsky, MD, PhD – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hillman Cancer Center

Click here to access the recorded Bone Health Session

Thursday, June 18 at 9am

Metastatic Breast Cancer Research: Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Daniel Hayes, MD, FASCO, FACP – University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center

Click here to access the recorded MBC Research Session

Click here to access a PDF of the research presentation slides


Wednesday, June 24 at 12pm

Palliative Care Options for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

Sean ShacklettModerator

Dr. David Harris, MD – The Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Paul Hergenroeder, MD – Hospice of the Western Reserve

Click here to access the recorded Palliative Care and MBC Session

The health and safety of our conference attendees is of the upmost importance to us, so we hope you understand our decision. We will issue full refunds to those individuals who paid to attend the in-person event beginning on May 19th. If you paid to attend but have not received a refund by May 26, please contact Gina at

Click here to download the promotional flyer for the 2020 Virtual Metastatic Conference.

Click here for information and bios for all of the 2020 Metastatic Conference Speakers.

The 2020 MBC Conference is sponsored by:

With additional support from

In partnership with
Metavivor: Northeast Ohio Chapter, The Gathering Place, and
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center

A Journey of Courage and Hope: A Retreat for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

Mohican Lodge & Conference Center

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have elected to postpone the previously scheduled event. We will keep the website current with event updates as they happen.

Confronting Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) can be a challenging undertaking. Dealing with the chronic nature of Stage IV breast cancer requires endurance, hope, support, and sharing. This weekend is an opportunity for women and their spouse, partner, sister, daughter, friend, or caregiver to retreat from the routines of treatment and daily life and experience a program of individual and mutual healing and renewal. The retreat is a time for respite, reflection, and sharing. Women with MBC and their guests will:

  • Identify the issues that patients and their partners face in dealing with metastatic breast cancer
  • Discuss issues relating to the caregiver role or spouse/partner role
  • Share strength and resources
  • Connect with others dealing with MBC as a means of finding strength and information
  • Obtain medical information on treatment and clinical trials
  • Share the meaning and spirituality of the journey with cancer
  • Contemplate the cancer journey through metaphor and story

For attendance at the 3-day retreat, we ask you enclose $30 per person with the completed registration form to reserve your spots.  The remaining fees and costs are covered in full by Komen.

The retreat will accept registrations for up to 18 individuals and are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Individuals who apply after the registration is full will be placed on a wait list for the next scheduled retreat (details TBD).