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34th National Oncology Conference

The Healing Power of Music

Steven G. EisenbergThursday, October 19, 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Steven G. Eisenberg, DO,
California Cancer Associates for Research & Excellence

Believing that music therapy supports the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of cancer patients, “song-cologist” Steven G. Eisenberg, DO, takes it to the next level by performing songs that he’s co-written with his patients that reflect their passions, values, and future legacy. His compassionate, holistic approach to care helps transform his patients’ cancer journey and improves quality of life. Hear Dr. Eisenberg explore the music-healing connection, reveal his favorite patient stories and songs, and share how he finds the inspiration to stay positive in a challenging field.

About Steven G. Eisenberg, DO:
Known as the singing oncologist, Dr. Eisenberg co-writes songs with individuals battling cancer through Lyrical Life—a passion project of his that was featured on NBC’s TODAY show. Through his expertise in healthcare technology, Dr. Eisenberg also hosts New Focus Network’s top outlet for health information, innovation, and inspiration—Dr. Steven. His guests include A-list healthcare luminaries, thought leaders on the future of medicine, and celebrity health and wellness trainers. He is triple board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hematology, and is the first recipient of the Dr. Emanuel Fliegelman Humanitarian Award for his highly compassionate patient care. Read more about Dr. Eisenberg’s work online and connect on Twitter @drseisenberg.

The Human Face of Cancer

Brianne JosephThursday, October 19, 1:25 – 2:10 PM
Brianne Joseph, LPI,
Punk Azz Cancer

Do you wonder what “patient-centered care” really means to your patients and their families? Hear from an award-winning author and breast cancer survivor as she shares valuable messages for cancer care professionals, including what to say—or not say—to your patients throughout their cancer journey; tips for communicating compassionately and effectively; the importance of laymen language and consensus team decision-making; what survivorship looks like from the survivor perspective; and the relationships patients want with their providers after treatment ends.

About Brianne “Sly Fox” Joseph, LPI:
Formerly a Region II Director of the Louisiana Private Investigators Association, Brianne “Sly Fox” Joseph is the award-winning nationally recognized owner and head investigator at Sly Fox Investigations—an all-female private investigation agency. In addition to her 11 years working as a licensed private investigator, Brianne is also the owner of Punk Azz Cancer- a breast cancer empowerment brand. As a breast cancer survivor, Brianne inspires audiences with her story of turning tragedy to triumph. She is the author of best-selling book Punk Azz Cancer, How Dare You! and a contributing author of Reach Your Greatness. She has been featured in several local and national publications, as well as several radio shows. Read more about Brianne’s work online and connect on Twitter @TheSlyFoxPI.

Confessions of a Radiation Oncologist

Bobby N. KoneruFriday, October 20, 8:10 – 9:10 AM
Bobby N. Koneru, MD,
Paramount Oncology Group

With shared decision-making, a key tenant of patient-centered care, cancer care professionals must ensure patients understand their diagnosis, treatment, and possible outcomes. Hear strategies for improving communication—not just between patients and providers—but amongst the entire multidisciplinary cancer care team, who must be willing to break down siloes between disciplines in order to create a higher quality care experience.

About Bobby N. Koneru, MD:
Dr. Koneru is a TEDx speaker and founder of Paramount Oncology Group—a multilevel cancer services organization serving cancer centers in rural communities. Upon finishing his residency in radiation oncology at Northwestern University in Chicago, he completed a specialized training in Stereotactic Body Radiation (SBRT) and CNS Radiosurgery at Baylor Medical Center, Princess Margaret Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Koneru served as a faculty member at Northwestern University for several years helping to build their SBRT program and is now a consultant for programs that need SBRT development. Connect with Dr. Koneru on Twitter @Trickstyle77.

Playing to Win: Raising Awareness of Cancer & Cancer Prevention

David DoanFriday, October 20, 3:15 – 4:00 PM
David Doan,
American Cancer Society

Learn how the American Cancer Society is leveraging the philanthropic platform of sports to influence cancer awareness and generate impact. From the NFL and Coaches vs. Cancer national initiatives to turn-key programs like Cover Your Bases, which aims to educate youth baseball players on smoking cessation and sun safety, you’ll come away with practical ideas for partnering with local athletic organizations on cancer outreach, prevention, and screening efforts, while utilizing the American Cancer Society resources in your own community.

About David Doan:
As vice president, strategic sports alliances for the American Cancer Society, David Doan leads the overall sports account management strategy, including business development, sales operations, and the Society’s sports cause marketing efforts across all current and potential future program assets. Connect with David on Twitter @ddoan24.

Intentional Healing—Creating a Message of Hope on Film

Mark StavasFriday, October 20, 4:10 – 4:55 PM
Mark Stavas, MD,
and Eric Shinohara, MD, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Depicting the healing power of music, Intentional Healing is a powerful film which follows famed Nashville music producer Jesse Boyce as he contemplates his own mortality after a diagnosis of terminal prostate cancer. Produced by Dr. Stavas, this documentary illustrates how people can pursue “intentional healing,” a conscious and sustained effort to enhance the healing process. Hear how this treatment philosophy is embraced as part of the comprehensive and integrative approach to care at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

About Mark Stavas, MD:
Dr. Stavas graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 2010 and brings over 7 years of diverse experience, specifically in radiation oncology, to the field.

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