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Monday, September 16, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm - New Attendee Welcome Reception
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Welcome Reception & Dinner  

Tuesday, September 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Conference at the hotel          

Tuesday, September 17, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
80's themed party              

Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 am - noon
Conference at the hotel        

Conference ends at noon on Wednesday. Agenda is subject to change.


Day 1

7:00am – 8:15am
Commonwealth Ballroom Foyer, second floor   

8:00am – 4:00pm
Registration Desk Open
Second Floor Elevator Landing

8:35am – 8:45am
Welcome & Introductions
Michael Sapienza, CEO, Colorectal  Cancer Alliance
Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Ronald Bleday, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Commonwealth 2,3,4

8:45am - 9:05am
The latest surgical treatment options
Ronald Bleday, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Commonwealth 2,3,4

9:05am – 9:25am
Results of the Never Too Young Survey
Ronit Yarden, PhD, MHSA, Senior Director of Medical Affairs
Kim Newcomer, Manager of Never Too Young
Commonwealth 2,3,4

9:25am – 9:45am
Young Onset Colorectal Cancer: Understanding the Rise
Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH
Commonwealth 2,3,4

9:45am - 10:05am
Immunotherapy, Where does it Fit in and Why Not For Everyone, Yet!
Osama Rahma, MD
Commonwealth 2,3,4

10:05am – 10:25am
Where Does Diet, Weight, Muscle and Exercise Fit in?
Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH
Commonwealth 2,3,4

10:25am – 10:55am
Panel Discussion
Drs. Bleday, Ng, Rahma,  Meyerhardt, & Yarden
Commonwealth 2,3,4

10:55am – 11:10am

11:10am – 11:40am
Role of Microbiome in Colorectal Cancer
Benjamin A. Weinberg, MD, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University
Commonwealth 2,3,4

11:40am  – 11:55am
Ally to Ally: Sneak Peek at New Online Community
Stephen Estrada, Manager of Community Engagement
Commonwealth 2,3,4

11:55 pm - 12:10 pm
Alliance Clinical Trial Finder
Michael Sapienza, CEO
Ronit Yarden, PhD, MHSA
Commonwealth 2,3,4

12:10pm – 1:00pm
Commonwealth 2,3,4

1:00pm - 1:30pm
Life of a Clinical Trial: From a Good Idea to Recommending to Patients
Deb Schrag, MD, MPH
Commonwealth 2,3,4

1:30pm – 1:45pm
Break and Transition to Session 1 

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Session 1

  • Track 1: What’s in a Family History: What Does It Mean
    Kim Perez, MD, Anu Chittendun MS, LGC, Joel Goldberg, MD
    Charles River West
  • Track 2: Molecular Profiling Your Tumor: How to Interpret Results
    Marios Giannakis, MD, PhD
    Commonwealth 1
  • Track 3: Navigating Clinical Trials
    James Cleary, MD, PhD
    Charles River East
  • Track 4: Nutrition: What Should I Eat/Cooking Demonstration
    Stephanie Meyers, MS, RDN
    Commonwealth 2, 3, 4

2:45pm – 3:00pm
Break and Transition to Session 2

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Session 2
Led by members of the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living

  • Track 1: Light exercise: Staying Strong During & After Treatment
    Nancy Campbell, MS
    Charles River West
  • Track 2: Creative Arts Workshop: Self-Care Cards & Mindful Mandalas
    Heather Woods, MA, MT- BC
    Charles River East
  • Track 3: Mind Body Meditation/Mindfulness as Tools for Resilience
    Patricia Martin Arcari, PhD, RN, AHN-BC
    Commonwealth 2, 3, 4
  • Track 4: Chair Yoga: Stretch & Strength
    Juliana Berfield, PhD
    Commonwealth 1

4:00pm – 4:15pm
Transition to Commonwealth 2, 3, 4

4:15pm – 5:00pm
Introducing the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s Integrative Health & Wellness Program, and Wrap Up
Martha Raymond, MA
Michael Sapienza, CEO
Commonwealth 2,3,4

6:00pm – 9:00pm
Dinner and Totally Awesome 80s Party!


Day 2

7:00am – 8:15am
Commonwealth Ballroom Foyer, second floor

8:00am – 12:00pm
Registration Desk Open
Second Floor Elevator Landing

8:30am – 8:45am
Welcome & Recap of Day 1
Michael Sapienza, CEO
Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH
Commonwealth 2, 3, 4

8:45am – 9:00am
Transition to breakout rooms

9:00am – 10:00am
Session 3         

  • Track 1: Emotional Support Tools for Patients 
    Jane Bausch, LICSW
    Molly Williamson, LICSW
    Charles River West
  • Track 2: Emotional Support Tools for Caregivers
    Nancy Goldsmith Tharler, LICSW
    Alicia Remy, LICSW
    Charles River East
  • Track 3: Sexual Health: The Most Important Step is Talking about It
    Sharon Bober, PhD
    Commonwealth 1
  • Track 4: Unique Challenges of Young Onset Colorectal Cancer
    Karen Fasciano, PsyD
    Commonwealth 2, 3, 4

10:00am – 10:15am
Break and Transition to Session 4

10:15am – 11:15am
Session 4                           

  • Track 1: When Should Palliative Care be Involved, Almost Always!
    Andrea Enzinger, MD, Dan Gorman, FNP-C, MSN,OCN
    Charles River West
  • Track 2: Survivorship care – What do I do When Treatment is Over?
    Nina Grenon, DNP, AGCNP-BC, AOCN
    Commonwealth 2, 3, 4
  • Track 3: When Radiation & Interventional Radiology Need to be Part of Your Team
    Neil Martin, MD, MPH
    Paul Shyn, MD
    Commonwealth 1
  • Track 4: Sharing your story with impact
    Amgen and Alliance Staff
    Charles River
    Sponsored by Amgen

11:15am – 11:30am
Break and Return to Commonwealth 2, 3, 4

11:30am – 12:00pm
Session Takeaways & Next Steps
Michael Sapienza, CEO
Commonwealth 2, 3, 4

12:00pm – 12:15pm
Thank you and conclusions
Michael Sapienza, CEO
Jeffrey Meyerhardt, MD, MPH
Commonwealth 2, 3, 4

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