Susan G. Komen® MBC Impact Series presents
Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

Living and Learning: What Metastatic Breast Cancer Looks Like

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort
8:30 am Registration and light continental breakfast
9:00 am – 2:00 pm Conference

The Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference is designed to educate metastatic patients, breast cancer survivors, caregivers, and the general public on the ABCs of metastatic breast cancer. The first conference of it’s kind in Mississippi, this event offers information on everything from the biology and causes of metastatic tumors to how to get involved in clinical trials, complementary therapies, and everything in between. The 2019 Metastatic Conference features a keynote presentations from Komen Research Scholar Dr. Payal Shah , Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology / Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center and the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania, Jamil Rivers, MBC patient and Advocate who has been featured in Peoples Magazine, CBS and Good Morning America, a panel of prestigious local oncologists, physicians, MBC survivors and a panel discussion.

Conference Overview

The Annual Metastatic Conference has been thoughtfully planned by a small committee including women living with metastatic breast cancer. The Planning Committee designed the agenda to provide conference participants with an opportunity to:

(1) Learn about scientific breakthroughs and emerging treatment options
(2) Discover different ways to improve quality of life on a daily basis
(3) Gain support and build community.

The conference is geared towards people living with metastatic breast cancer but is open to breast cancer patients of all stages.

Thanks to a generous donor, we have travel stipends available for attendees traveling further than 60 miles from Jackson. To apply for a travel stipend, please email or call 601-932-3999. Stipend request are due by September 30, 2019.

For sponsorship opportunities download our 2019 MBC Sponsorship Packet.

For more information or to register please visit or call 601-932-3999.

Dr. Payal D. Shah, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Payal D. Shah is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology / Oncology at the Abramson Cancer Center and the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a medical oncologist and clinical investigator specializing in breast cancer and cancer genetics.  Her work is dedicated to advancing the care of, and developing novel therapeutic strategies for breast cancer patients within and outside of the realm of inherited cancer predispositions. To this end, her research focuses on cancer risk assessment and mitigation, as well as translational therapeutics.  She is heavily involved in the scientifically-based conception, design, conduct, and reporting of clinical trials examining targeted therapy and immunotherapy, including novel agents such as PARP inhibitors and CAR T-cells.  She has published findings and has presented her research at major national conferences including annual meetings of ASCO and AACR.  She is the recipient of a Susan G. Komen Career Catalyst Award, an ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award, a Penn Center for Precision Medicine Accelerator Fund Award, a Basser Young Leadership Council Young Investigator Award, a McCabe Foundation Award, and a V Foundation for Cancer Research Award.

Jamil Rivers

Jamil Rivers was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at age 39.  Determined to fight and be here for her children, husband and family, she researched vigorously to learn how to best prepare for her battle to survive.  With chemotherapy in conjunction with improving her nutrition with food and supplements and incorporating integrative therapies, she is doing well and now on endocrine therapy.  She continues to work full-time as a nonprofit CFO and live an active life.  She believes that the research she did to prepare herself for her cancer fight has been critical in her recovery and overall wellness.  She became an advocate to use her voice and experiences to help advance legislative policy, medical research and customize support to better meet the needs of individuals impacted by breast cancer, particularly metastatic and African-American patients.  Jamil is a Young Advocate and Board Member of Living Beyond Breast Cancer.  She is a policy, science and health equity advocate and metastatic advisory committee member with Susan G. Komen.  She is a member and patient advisor of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Alliance.  She is a proposal reviewer for the Breast Cancer Research Program with the Department of Defense and a Project LEAD graduate.  She also launched The Chrysalis Initiative which provides mentoring and resource navigation to women with breast cancer and engages in outreach and education for African-American women to assess their breast cancer risk.  Through Jamil’s work, she has participated in countless community health events, facilitated the design and funding of two metastatic clinical trials, met with leadership within the PA governor’s office and congressional leaders in D.C., testified to the FDA, and connected numerous women to resources for screenings, treatment and support.  Jamil has been featured in People Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Tribune, national campaigns for Anthropologie, Novartis, Pfizer and Cancer and Careers and on CBS News and Good Morning America.  Jamil and her husband, Rick have three children and reside in Drexel Hill, PA.