Employers Cancer Care Summit (Toronto)

February 27, 2019
Arcadian Loft, Toronto

Benefits Canada is proud to present the 2019 Employers Cancer Care Summit

The theme of this year’s conference is:

Cancer at work: A call to action for employers
There have been many advancements in the treatment of cancer, yet there are still gaps in care and coverage. What does that mean for plan members and plan sponsors? As not all key drugs are necessarily covered by the public system, the patient may have to resort to traditional chemotherapy, possibly missing the opportunity for targeted treatment. Is it the plan sponsor's responsibility to fill in the gap?

The 2019 Employers Cancer Care Summit will address cancer-related concerns tied to benefits plans and the workplace.

Who Should Attend?
Employers responsible for drug plans, benefits, wellness, HR, corporate health; brokers, benefits consultants and advisors.

CE Credits
We will be applying to the Institute for CE credits.

Price
This full-morning conference will cost $129+tax to attend.

This event sells out quickly. Register now to guarantee your spot!

 

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Employers Cancer Care

February 27, 2019
Arcadian Loft, Toronto

7:45 - 8:40 a.m.
Breakfast and registration
 


8:40 - 8:45 a.m.
Opening remarks



8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Session one
Immuno-oncology: A physician’s perspective
Dr. Jeff Rothenstein’s talk will center on the area of immuno-oncology, spanning from what immune-oncology treatments are, who they treat and the exciting future of these therapies, as well as real-life examples of patients in the workplace who have greatly benefited from them.

Speaker:
Dr. Jeff Rothenstein, medical oncologist and lung cancer site group leader, R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre at Lakeridge Health, and adjunct assistant professor, department of oncology, Queen's University

This session has been made possible by AstraZeneca 



9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Session two
Cancer in the workplace: A physician’s perspective

In this interview-style session, Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley will describe the burden of cancer to the patient and caregivers, and how cancer can affect the working population. She will also provide an overview of the goals of treatment as well as how the evolving treatment landscape can not only allow patients to go back to work, but also, work throughout the majority of their treatment. The impact of coverage on treatment choices will also be discussed. 

Speakers:
Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley,
oncologist and division head of hematology/oncology, St. Michael’s Hospital

Dustin Ferretti,patient access manager, Amgen Canada

This session has been made possible by Amgen



9:45 - 10:15 a.m.
Session three
HPV Related Cancer – A New Paradigm
HPV can have a significant impact on the health of the working age population. Dr. Vivien Brown will review the current issues and epidemiology of HPV related cancer in Canada, and illustrate the value of prevention in the adult population.

Speaker:
Dr. Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP

This session has been made possible by Merck


10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Networking break



10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Session four
Living with lung cancer: A personal story of struggle and hope

A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming. While patients deal with the shock of their diagnosis and are flooded with information, they are also faced with the added stress of beginning treatment and challenges navigating the healthcare system. In this session, a lung cancer patient shares her personal experience and inspiring journey with lung cancer, the impact of being able to access targeted treatments that helped shrink her tumours, and what her life is like now living with the disease.

Speaker:
Betty-Lynn LaFrance, ALK+ lung cancer patient


This session has been made possible by Roche



11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Session five
New cancer treatments offer hope: A melanoma patient's story
New cancer treatments are continuing to evolve and offer patients hope for improved outcomes. In this session a melanoma patient shares her story, from diagnosis to treatment, including her journey accessing new treatment and the unexpected hurdles she faced in continuing treatment when uncontrollable circumstances changed in her life.

Speaker:
Karen Formosa ,
melanoma cancer patient

This session has been made possible by Novartis



11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Session six
Surviving the ‘after’

Cancer has such a wide-ranging impact–from physical to mental–that it is critical for workplaces to help bridge the gap between being a patient and an employee. The goal of this session will be to get employers thinking about whether they have the right infrastructure in place to successfully reintegrate people who have had or are living with cancer into the workplace. Lisa Machado will explore the challenges faced by patients, the potential solutions that employers can offer and the role they can play in vastly improving outcomes. 

Speaker:
Lisa Machado,
speaker and patient advocate


 

12:15 p.m.
Closing remarks

Note: This agenda is a draft and is subject to change.

ECC Speakers

EMPLOYERS CANCER CARE SUMMIT SPEAKERS

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

February 27, 2019
Arcadian Loft, Toronto


Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley

Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley

Dr. Christine Brezden-Masley is a practicing medical oncologist and the division head of hematology/oncology at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. She is the co-director of the hematology/oncology clinical research group there. Dr. Brezden-Masley obtained her doctorate in medical biophysics at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto and her medical degree from the University of Toronto. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She is the founder of the COMET (Community Oncologists of Metropolitan Toronto) Clinical Trials Consortium, a web-based virtual network promoting cancer clinical trials throughout the Toronto region. She treats both breast and GI (colorectal and gastric cancers) malignancies, which are also the major areas of her clinical research. Dr. Brezden-Masley's main area of clinical research is cardiotoxicity from cancer therapy and has been the co-chair of the Annual Canadian Cardio-Oncology Network meeting, a collaborative national meeting improving cardiac heath in cancer patients. She is currently the president of the Canadian Cardio-Oncology Network. She is active in research and education and has been instrumental in the clinical development of the cancer program at St. Michael’s Hospital.

  


Dustin Ferretti

Betty-Lyne LaFrance

Dustin Ferretti has worked for 5 years in Patient Support Programs for specialty medications and is currently the Patient Access Manager for Amgen Canada. He completed an undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University and a master’s degree at Guelph University with a focus on Latin American and Caribbean sociology and culture, eventually finding his career vocation in helping patients access innovative therapies. Working in a cross-functional capacity with his colleagues, Dustin provides a bridge between Amgen’s patient support programs and market access teams in a combined effort to break down barriers that prevent patients from accessing their prescribed medications.

  


Dr. Vivien Brown

Dr. Vivien Brown

Dr. Vivien Brown is a family physician and author in Toronto. Educated at McGill University, she currently is appointed to the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, holding the rank of Assistant Professor. An award winner for teaching on many levels, her major interests are in the area of health promotion and prevention for women, and continuing medical education. She is Vice President of Medisys Health Group, a business dedicated to preventative health. The College of Family Physicians of Ontario has named Dr Brown “Physician of the Year for the Region of Toronto”, awarded November 2012. Representing Family Medicine in Canada, she has been on the board of the Canadian Immunization Conference and currently is on the Board of “Immunize Canada”, an educational component of Public Health Canada. She has lectured locally, nationally and internationally on preventative medicine and implementation issues around vaccination. She was the past President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, linking female physicians, students and residents throughout the country. Recently she has been the Chair of the in augural HPV Prevention Week 2017 in Canada. Promoting good health for Canadians, her book, “A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging” has just been published this fall.


Karen Formosa

Betty-Lyne LaFrance

Karen Formosa is a mother of with 1 daughter and a lovely granddaughter.

She was diagnosed in 2018 at the age of 56 with stage 3 BRAF Melanoma. She has been undergoing treatment at Credit Valley Hospital.

Despite her diagnosis Karen continues to be a very athletic outgoing person, who enjoys, going to the gym, cycling, travelling, and knitting.


Betty-Lyne LaFrance

Betty-Lyne LaFrance

Betty-Lynn LaFrance was born and raised in Pembrooke, Ontario, where she currently lives happily with her husband of 34 years. While her three children were growing up, LaFrance was a stay-at-home mom and also became involved in developing a gymnastic club. The club has grown substantially over the years and is now run by her daughter and son-in-law. For eight and a half years, LaFrance worked in the paint department at Home Depot where she worked her way up to being supervisor. However, in 2017 her life took a turn when she was diagnosed with ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer. Thanks to the quick response from her private insurance company, LaFrance has been able to access targeted treatments that have significantly shrunk her tumours. Today she is back doing the things she loves, including helping out at her church, spending time with her seven grandchildren and even training her brand new puppy.

  



Lisa Machado

Lisa Machado

Lisa Machado is a former financial journalist who, after being diagnosed with a rare leukemia in 2008, now writes and speaks about what it means to live with cancer. She is also the founder of the Canadian CML Network, and the author of the award-winning "Living Well with CML: What you need to know to live your best life with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia." She recently partnered with U.S-based Cure magazine to launch a Canadian edition. Cure provides leading disease education and information to cancer patients, caregivers and clinicians. Machado has been interviewed by CTV News, Rogers Media and the CBC and featured in a number of newspaper articles. She has written for The Caregiver Network and Cure Today magazine. Machado also writes a column at CML-IQ.comand you can find her blog at cmlnetwork.ca.

  



Dr. Jeff Rothenstein

Dr. Jeff Rothenstein

Dr. Jeff Rothenstein is a medical oncologist in the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre at Lakeridge Health, Oshawa, and is also an adjunct assistant professor in the department of oncology at Queen's University. He completed his internal medicine and medical oncology training at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rothenstein’s main clinical focus is on the management of thoracic and GI malignancies, and he is the lung cancer site group leader and clinical lead for clinical trials at the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Center.

  


Arcadian Loft

With loft-like decor, the Arcadian Loft is a premium event space located in downtown Toronto. The space boasts top-of-the-line technology, open concrete ceilings and exquisite views of Old and New City Hall through a 200 lineal foot glass wall, providing a spectacular backdrop.


Arcadian Loft


Location:

401 Bay Street 
Simpson Tower, 8th Floor
Toronto, ON
M5H 2Y4
(416) 364-1211

Minutes away from the Toronto Eaton Centre



FOR SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
FOR AGENDA
INFORMATION
FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Francesca Allman
Francesca.Allman@tc.tc

Sara Ametrano
Sara.Ametrano@tc.tc
Emma Ramsey
Emma.Ramsey@tc.tc


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