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Saturday, April 27, 2024

11:00 AM

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Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address

Welcome: Susan Stewart, Executive Director and Founder, BMT InfoNet

Keynote:  Astronauts, Transplant and CAR T-cell Recipients:  What Do They Have In Common?

Presenter: Jessica Scott PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Learn how studying space travel affects astronauts provided our guest speaker with fascinating insights on how to manage physical challenges following transplant and CAR T-cell therapy.

12:15 PM

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Strive to Thrive! Protect Your Health after a Transplant Using Your Own Cells ( Autologous Transplant)


  • Patrick Johnston MD, PhD,  Mayo Clinic
  • Cecilia Merrigan APRN, CNP, DNP, Mayo Clinic

Sometimes complications persist or develop later after an autologous transplant. Learn what you can do to prevent and manage them.

Introduction to Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

Presenter: Luke Mountjoy DO, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute, part of Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center
GVHD affects approximately 50% of patients who have a transplant with donor cells. Learn about the different types of GVHD and how they are managed.

How to Protect Your Skin after Transplant

Presenter: Silvina Pugliese MD,  Stanford Cancer Institute
A variety of skin problems can occur after transplant. Learn how to treat them, and how to reduce your risk of skin cancer.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

11:00 AM

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New Cancers after Transplant: Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk

Presenter: Saro Armenian DO, MPH,  City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Transplant recipients have a greater risk of developing a second cancer later in life than the general population. Learn which types of cancer occur most often and how to reduce your risk.

Terapia de Células CAR T para el Linfoma

Presentador: Javier Munoz MD, MS, MBA, Mayo Clinic
Los receptores de trasplantes tienen un mayor riesgo de desarrollar un segundo cáncer en el futuro que la población general. Aprenda qué tipos de cáncer ocurren con mayor frecuencia y cómo reducir su riesgo.
(CAR T-cell Therapy for Lymphoma: What’s Involved, Potential Outcomes)

Graft-versus-Host Disease: Gastrointestinal Tract (GI) and Liver

Presenter: Hannah Choe MD, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
The mouth, throat, gut and liver are common targets of GVHD. Learn what can be done to prevent and treat GI and liver GVHD.

Transplant and CAR T-cell Therapy for Older Adults

Presenter: Mariam Nawas MD, University of Chicago
Can older adults benefit from transplant or CAR T-cell therapy? Learn what's being done to make these therapies safe for older adults.

Protect Your Bones after Transplant or CAR T-cell Therapy 

Presenter: Sarah Keller MA, MD, Cleveland Clinic
Some survivors are at risk of developing osteoporosis (porous bones) after treatment which can lead to fractures. Learn how to minimize your risk.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Women’s Sexual Health after Transplant and CAR T-cell Therapy

Presenter: Jennifer Vencill PhD, ABPP, CST,  Mayo Clinic
Difficulties with sex and intimacy are common after transplant, yet are often not discussed by doctors. Learn what you can do to regain a satisfactory sex life.

Stand By Me: Lessons Learned from a Family Caregiver and Caregiving Scientist

Presenter: Allison Applebaum PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Delve into the challenges and silver linings of being a caregiver.

Maintenance Therapy after a Transplant for Multiple Myeloma

Presenter:  Natalie Callander MD, UW Health Carbone Cancer Center
Learn how maintenance therapy after an autologous transplant for multiple myeloma can affect quality of life and long-term survival.

Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP): A Treatment for Some Patients with Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD) 

Presenter:  Molly Gallogly MD, PhD, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
Learn what's involved in undergoing ECP, and which GVHD patients may benefit.

Don't Count Sheep! Learn How to Fall and Stay Asleep

Presenter: Rina Fox PhD, MPH, University of Arizona College of Nursing
Learn effective strategies for falling and staying asleep.

Microbiome: What It Is and Why It's Important to Your Health

Presenter: Urvi Shah MD,  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Learn about the role of the gut biome in fighting cancer and helping with recovery after transplant and CAR T-cell therapy.

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

11:00 AM

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 Surviving the Cure: Late Effects after a Transplant Using Donor Cells (Allogeneic Transplant ) 

Presenter: Betty Hamilton MD, Cleveland Clinic
Ongoing and late complications after an allogeneic transplant are common. Learn who's at risk, how to prevent them and treatment options.

1:30 PM

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Riding the Emotional Roller Coaster of Survival 


  • Patricia Fank PsyD, Rush University Medical Center
  • Grace Melvin-Mooney LCSW, Rush University Medical Center

Recovering emotionally after transplant or CAR T-cell therapy can be challenging. Learn strategies to improve your emotional well-being.

Hormonal Imbalance after Transplant

Presenter: Behrouz Salehian MD, City of Hope 
Transplant can affect a variety of hormones the body needs to function properly. Learn symptoms of hormonal imbalance and treatment options.

Quality of Life after CAR T-cell Therapy

Presenter: Patrick Connor Johnson MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
CAR T-cell therapy is relatively new treatment option for patients with some blood disorders. Learn what we currently know about how it affects quality of life long-term.

Graft-versus-Host Disease: Eyes

Presenter: Todd Margolis MD, PhD,  Washington University School of Medicine
Ocular GVHD can cause dryness, pain and vision problems in the eyes. Learn what you can do to prevent and treat it.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Men's Sexual Health after Transplant

Presenter: Jeffrey Albaugh PhD, APRN, CUCNS,  Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Learn about common sexual difficulties after transplant, and strategies to manage them.

Graft-versus-Host Disease: Advances in Prevention and Treatment 

Presenter: Iskra Pusic MD, MSCI,  Washington University School of Medicine
Much progress has been made in recent years to prevent and treat GVHD, but more work needs to be done.  Learn about possible treatments and challenges in finding a cure for GVHD.

12:15 PM

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Take a Breath! Managing Breathing Problems after Transplant

Presenter: Greg Yanik MD,  University of Michigan
Lung damage occurs in some patients after transplant. Early detection is important. Learn who's at risk, how to detect it and treatment options.

You Are What You Eat: How Food Choices affect Recovery 

Presenter: Stephanie Wiese RD, CNSC,  Colorado Blood Cancer Institute, part of Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center
Are you eating a diet that helps your recovery? Learn the facts and myths about healthy diets.

CAR T-cell Therapy in Myeloma: What to Expect and Late Effects

Presenter: Nausheen Ahmed MD, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Learn who's a candidate for CAR T-cell therapy, what's involved in the treatment and potential risks and benefits.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Addressing Cognitive Challenges after Transplant and CAR T-cell Therapy

Presenter: Thomas Bergquist PhD, ABPP, FACRM,  Mayo Clinic
Some people experience changes in their ability to remember things, stay focused or keep organized after treatment. Learn how to manage these challenges.

Nuevos Cánceres después del Trasplante: Qué Puede Hacer para Reducir el Riesgo

Presenter: Alexandra Gomez Arteaga MD,  NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Los receptores de trasplantes tienen un mayor riesgo de desarrollar un segundo cáncer en el futuro que la población general. Aprenda qué tipos de cáncer ocurren con mayor frecuencia y cómo reducir su riesgo.
(Spanish workshop: New Cancers after Transplant: What You Can Do to Reduce the Risk)

Graft-versus-Host Disease: Mouth

Presenter: Nathanial Treister DMD, DMSc,  Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Learn what to do if GVHD affects your mouth, teeth and/or salivary glands

Mindfulness Meditation to Support Recovery and Well-Being

Presenter: Lisa Thomas Prince MPH, CYT200, UW Health Carbone Cancer Center
Are you interested in exploring whether mindfulness can help you reduce stress and anxiety? This workshop may help answer that question.

1:30 PM

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Fighting Fatigue: Ways to Save Energy and Build Back Endurance


  • Chelsea Arakaki PT, DPT,  Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • Corrine Kellerman OTD, OTR/L, CLT, Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • Casey O'Brien MOT, OTR/L, Barnes Jewish Hospital

Exercise when you're fatigued? It's not only possible, but beneficial.  Learn why.

Gut Biome and  Graft-versus-Host Disease: Do Organisms in the Gut Contribute to GVHD? 

Presenter: Robert Jenq MD,  MD Anderson Cancer Center
Research suggests that microbes in your gut may play a role in GVHD. Learn how at this workshop.  

Terapia de Células CAR T para el Mieloma Multiple: Qué Implica, Posibles Resultados

Presenter: Tulio Rodriguez MD,  City of Hope
La terapia con células CAR T es una opción para algunos pacientes con mieloma. Descubra quién es un buen candidato y posibles resultados.
(Spanish workshop:  CAR T-cell Therapy for Multiple Myeloma: What’s Involved, Potential Outcomes)

2:45 PM

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Como proteger su Corazón después del trasplante y la Terapia de Células CAR T

Presenter: Gabriela Sanchez-Petitto MD,  The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center 
¿Tiene un mayor riesgo de sufrir problemas cardíacos debido al trasplante o a la terapia de células CAR T? Descubra quién está en riesgo y cómo proteger su salud a largo plazo.
(Spanish workshop: Protecting Your Heart after Transplant and CAR T-cell Therapy)

Graft-versus-Host Disease: How it Affects Skin, Nails and Hair

Presenter: Silvina Pugliese MD,  Stanford Cancer Institute
The skin is the most frequent target of GVHD. Learn the symptoms and how to manage it.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Living Well after Treatment: Coping with Fatigue

Presenter: Erin Costanzo PhD,  UW Health Carbone Cancer Center
Many factors contribute to chronic fatigue after transplant. Learn how to minimize the impact of fatigue on your daily life.


Managing Infections after Transplant and CAR T-cell Therapy

Presenter: Erik Dubberke MD, MSPH,  Washington University School of Medicine

Infections are a serious concern after transplant, especially if your immune system is weak. Learn how to protect yourself.

CAR T-cell Therapy for Lymphoma: What's Involved, Potential Outcomes

Presenter: Basem William MD, MRCP, FACP,  OhioHealth
CAR T-cell therapy is an option for many lymphoma patients. Learn who is a good candidate and potential outcomes.

Strategies to Manage Neuropathy after Transplant

Presenter:  Kelsey Barrell MD,  University of Utah
Learn difference between peripheral neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy,  how to manage the symptoms, including pain, and minimize the impact of neuropathy on your daily life.

1:30 PM

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Estrategias para Manejar la Neuropatía después del Trasplante

Presenter: José Biller MD, FACP, FAAN, FAHA,  Loyola University Medical Center
Conozca los síntomas de la neuropatía periférica y la neuropatía autonómica y cómo controlar el dolor y minimizar su impacto en su vida diaria.
(Spanish Workshop: Neuropathy)