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Saturday, April 30, 2022

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Welcoming Remarks and Keynote Address

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

Presenter: Heather Harpham MA, MFA, Author, actress and parent of a pediatric transplant recipient. 
The Living Story: The Transformative Power of Sharing (and Listening to) Transplant Stories with Care, Communion and Courage

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Safeguard Your Health from Late Complications after a Transplant Using Donor Cells (Allogeneic Transplant)

Presenter: Minoo Battiwalla MD, MS, Director, Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program at TriStar Centennial 
Learn how to detect and manage transplant-related health issues long-term

Safeguard Your Health from Late Complications after a Transplant Using Your Own Cells (Autologous Transplant)

Presenter: Jana Reynolds MD, Baylor Scott & White/Texas Oncology BMT Program - Dallas
Learn how to detect and manage transplant-related health issues long-term

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Introduction to Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

Presenter: Amin Alousi MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Learn who’s at risk for developing graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), how GVHD affects organs and tissues, treatment options and steps you can take to minimize the risk and severity of GVHD.

Heart and Vascular Health after Transplant – When a Cure is Not Enough

Presenter: Vlad Zaha MD, PhDUT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Learn who is at risk for developing cardiac and vascular issues after transplant, and what you can do to minimize your risk.

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CAR T-cell Therapy: The Good, The Bad and The Long-Term

Presenter: Michael Tees MD, MPH, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute, part of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
Learn who is a candidate for CAR T-cell therapy, steps involved and the risks and benefits of this new cellular therapy.
 

Your Eyes and Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

Presenter: Zhonghui Katie Luo MD, PhD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Learn how chronic GVHD can affect the eyes and current treatment options.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

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Managing the Challenges of Caregiving after Transplant

Presenter: Kate Zoll MSW, LCSW, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute, part of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
Learn how to balance the needs of both patient and caregiver to ensure both remain physically and emotionally well after transplant.

Graft-versus-Host Disease of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Liver

Presenter: Paul Shaughnessy MD, Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program at Methodist Hospital/San Antonio
Learn how GVHD can affect the GI tract and liver, who is at risk and treatment options.

Thriving, Not Just Surviving, after Transplant through Exercise and Fatigue Management

Presenters

  • Karthik Jayaraman PT, DPTBaylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation
  • Bonnie Lucio PT, CLTBaylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation  

   Learn how exercise can help build stamina and strength and reduce fatigue after transplant.

Secondary Cancers after Transplant

Presenter: Madhuri Vusirikala MD, UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center  
Learn who is at risk of developing a second cancer after transplant and steps you can take to minimize your risk.

Ask the Transplant Experts - Session One

Presenters: 

  • Mohamed Hegazi MD, UofL Brown Cancer Center
  • Gerhard Hildebrandt MD, FACP, University of Kentucky Blood and Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program
  • Navneet Majhail MD, MS, FASTCT, Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program at TriStar Centennial

Ask your questions about transplant and survivorship. Our transplant experts will respond to as many questions as time allows.

Monday, May 2, 2022

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Infections after Transplant

Presenter: Shivan Shah MDHouston Methodist Hospital 
Learn who is at risk for developing a serious infection after transplant, how to reduce your risk and treatment options.

Late Effects after a Pediatric Transplant/Transitioning to Adult Care

Presenter: Robert Krance MD, Texas Children’s Hospital
Learn how to help your child live well after transplant, potential late effects of transplant and how to prepare your child for the transition to adult care.

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Women’s Sexual Health after Transplant

Presenter: Jordan Rullo PhD, ABPP, CST, University of Utah
Learn about common sexual difficulties after transplant, and strategies to manage them.

Sexual Concerns in Men after Transplantation

Presenter: John Mulhall MDMSc, FECSM, FACS, FRCSI, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Learn about common sexual difficulties after transplant, and strategies to manage them.

Take A Breath: Managing Lung Problems after Transplant

Presenter: Ajay Sheshadri MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Learn about breathing problems after transplant, why careful monitoring and early detection are important and treatment options.

COVID-19: What Transplant Survivors Need to Know in 2022

Presenter: John Wingard MD, UF Health Cancer Center
Learn how COVID-19 affects transplant survivors, what we know about who and when to vaccinate, and other steps to reduce the risk of serious complications.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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Transplants for Older Adults: Who Is a Good Candidate?

Presenter: Uday Popat MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
A stem cell transplant is now an option for many older adults. Learn who is a candidate, potential risks and side effects, and impact on long-term quality of life.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy to Manage Vulva and Sexual Health for Women with Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)

Presenter: Nikki Samms PT, DPT, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Learn how pelvic floor exercises can relieve sexual difficulties for women after transplant, and how to find a qualified provider.

Coping with Attention, Learning and Memory Challenges after Transplant

Presenter: Michael Fediw MD, UT Southwestern Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center
Many transplant survivors report difficulty with memory, attention and learning new things after transplant. Learn who is at risk, how long the problems typically persist and strategies to manage them.

Managing Sleep Challenges after Transplant

Presenter: Dave Balachandran MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Learn effective strategies for falling and staying asleep.

Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease of the Skin and Connective Tissue

Presenter: Sharon Hymes MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Learn how GVHD can affect the skin and treatment options to relieve symptoms.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

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Your Mouth and Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease

Presenter: Nadarajah Vigneswaran BDS, DMD, FAAOMP, DABOMP, UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston
Learn how GVHD can affect the mouth and strategies you can use to manage the symptoms.

Medical Marijuana and Transplant: What Do We Know?

Presenter: Joseph Bubalo PharmD, BCPS, BCOP, Oregon Health & Science University
Learn whether marijuana is safe and effective for patients to use after transplant.

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Bone Health after Transplant

Presenter: Huifang Lu MD, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Learn what you need to do to minimize bone loss after transplant and maintain healthy bones.

Helping Your Child with Attention, Organization and Learning after Transplant

Presenter: Beth Colaluca PhD, Cook Children’s Medical Center
Learn how to help your child with attention or organizational difficulties after transplant, and access helpful services for your child at school.

Ask the Transplant Experts - Session Two

Presenters: 

  • Richard Champlin MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Luke Mountjoy DO, Colorado Blood Cancer Institute, part of the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Luis Pineiro MD, Baylor, Scott & White/Texas Oncology BMT Program -Dallas

Ask your questions about transplant and survivorship. Our transplant experts will respond to as many questions as time allows.

The Role of Nutrition in Long-Term Health after Transplant

Presenter: Renee Stubbins PhD, RD, LD, CSO, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy Houston Methodist Hospital
Learn which foods promote health and recovery after transplant and how to separate food facts from fiction.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Protecting Your Skin after Transplant

Presenter: Sharon Hymes MDThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Learn about skin problems, including skin cancer, than can develop after transplant, how to reduce your risk, and treatment options.

Managing Fatigue after Transplant: Creating Strength through Recovery

Presenter: Sandra Mitchell PhD, CRNP, FAAN, National Cancer Institute
Learn strategies to reduce chronic fatigue after transplant and improve your quality of life.

Life After Transplant: Cultivating Resilience and Growing from Trauma

Presenter: Stephanie Davidson PsyD, Westlake Village Counseling Center
Learn how to develop resilience to face challenges after transplant and grow from the experience.

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Managing Neuropathy after Transplant

Presenter: Danielle Roberts MS, MMSc, PA-C, Emory Winship Cancer Institute Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center
Learn how to manage tingling, numbness, pain and other symptoms of neuropathy experienced by some transplant survivors.

Friday, May 6, 2022

How Rehabilitation Medicine Can Help Patients with Graft-versus-Host Disease

Presenters: 

  • Megan Nelson MD, UofL Health​​​​​​​ Brown Cancer Center
  • Ekta Gupta MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Learn about rehabilitation medicine, who it can help and how to find a qualified provider.

Learn Rehabilitation Therapies to Manage Side Effects of Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease

Presenters: 

  • Carly Cappozzo MSOT, OTR/L, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Rachael Petrie, MS, OTR/L, MSCS, UofL Health Brown Cancer Center
  • Paulette Taku PT, DPT, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Watch demonstrations of exercises and adaptive equipment that can help people manage symptoms of GVHD.