Women & Lung Cancer: Addressing Rising Cases Among Women 

2021 Minnesota Lung Cancer Screening Task Force Presentation

Stephanie Delkoski, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, Clinical Assistant Professor, Child Family Health Cooperative, University of Minnesota;     Patricia Rivera, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine Medical Director

 

Stephanie Delkoski, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC

Dr. Stephanie Delkoski is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota. She is a women’s health nurse practitioner and holds a faculty practice at an academic women’s health clinic where she provides gynecologic, obstetric, and primary care to women across the lifespan.
Dr. Delkoski completed her BSN from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her DNP from the University of Minnesota.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Nurse Practitioner’s Association.  Dr. Delkoski has a strong interest in preventive care and health promotion.

Dr. Patricia Rivera

Dr. Patricia Rivera, Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine Medical Director.

Dr. Rivera is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She joined the faculty at UNC in 1995 and co-founded the first Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program in the country, a premier program that became the model for multidisciplinary care and defined the vital role pulmonologists play in the care of patients with thoracic malignancies. More recently, she founded the Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer Screening Program at UNC and continues to direct both programs. Her expertise includes screening, diagnosis and staging of lung cancer and management of treatment complications.

Dr. Rivera is passionate and committed to medical education and mentoring and has received numerous awards at UNC and from National Societies. She is particularly passionate about developing the next generation of leaders and increasing the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in our field.

 

Sharing Successes in Overcoming Patient and System Barriers to Screening

2021 Minnesota Lung Cancer Screening Task Force Presentation

 

Abbie Begnaud, MD, University of MN

Dr. Abbie Begnaud is a pulmonologist and critical care physician who treats adult patients with interventional pulmonary and lung nodule, pleural effusions, lung and thoracic cancers and tracheal and bronchial stenosis. She sees patients at the M Health Fairview Masonic Cancer Clinic, M Health Fairview Clinics and Surgery Center – Minneapolis and in the Cancer Clinic within M Health Fairview Clinics and Specialty Center – Burnsville. Her research interests include pulmonary nodules, lung cancer screening, central airway obstruction, malignant pleural effusions and endobronchial intratumoral chemotherapy (EITC). Dr. Begnaud is also an assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine of the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

 

Andrew Burgdorf, MD, Allina Health

Dr. Andrew Burgdorf is a board-certified family medicine physician with professional interests in adult physicals and geriatric care. He is  the lead physician at Allina Health Buffalo Clinic.

 

 

 

 

Anne Melzer, MD, MS 

Dr. Anne Melzer is a pulmonary and critical care physician with a background in health services research.  She is interested in improving the quality of care for patients with lung diseases. Her research is focused primarily on promoting smoking cessation for patients with chronic lung diseases and who are at high risk of lung cancer.

Dr. Melzer is currently a Staff Physician with Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care, with the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System.

 

 

Jonathan Hovda, MD, Minnesota Lung Center

Dr. Jonathan Hovda graduated from Medical School at the University of Minnesota, where he simultaneously also received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Carlson School of Management. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and fellowships in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine and Interventional Pulmonology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.

Dr. Hovda has special interests in lung cancer and advanced bronchoscopy, including robotic bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.

 

Jennifer Dobbs, Screening Program Manager, Essentia Health

TBD, Hennepin Health

TBD, North Memorial

TBD, Mayo Clinic

Navigating New USPSTF Screening Guidelines; AAFP Recommendations

2021 Minnesota Lung Cancer Screening Task Force Presentation

Deb Dittberner, MD, MBA, MAFP MN President

 

Dr. Dittberner is the President of the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, the Chief Medical Officer for Alomere Health System, and a Family Physician in Alexandria, Minnesota.  She has worked in Alexandria, Minnesota her entire career; joining the medical community after participating in Alexandria as a medical student through RPAP (Rural Physicians Associate Program.)

Her undergraduate years were spent at Gustavus Adolphus College. Subsequently she attended medical school and residency at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She just recently completed her MBA from the University of Texas.

Being a Family Doctor was her calling, but she has grown passionate about the importance of physician leadership in healthcare. She loves creating cultures devoted to both teamwork and quality. She is committed to “explaining the why” as she guides her system toward the rapid changes in healthcare delivery.

 

Morning Keynote: Clinical Trials and Science that is Changing the Face of Lung Cancer

Midwest Lung Cancer Patient Summit Presentation:

Mark Solfelt, MD, Thoracic Surgeon, North Memorial Health

 

Mark Solfelt

Dr. Solfelt is a thoracic surgeon committed to providing the highest quality surgical care using innovation, skill and compassion. He strives to spend as much time as it takes to help customers and their families feel well-cared for and well-informed. His practice focuses solely on non-cardiac surgery including all aspects of lung surgery as well as diseases of the pleural space and chest. By using minimally invasive surgery like robotic-assisted lung surgery, Dr. Solfelt has been instrumental in establishing North Memorial Health as a leading program in Minnesota. These innovations have allowed our customers to recover faster with minimal disability. He also helped to create a coordinated, team approach among all the specialists to bring efficiency and improved results to his customers.

 

Lung Cancer 101 – Becoming a Well-Informed Patient.

Midwest Lung Cancer Patient Summit Presentation:

Shirley Kern, APRN, CNS, AOCN, North Memorial, Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist

 

Shirley Kern

Shirley Kern is an Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at North Memorial Health Hospital and Cancer Center. She works with a multidisciplinary team to facilitate a seamless patient experience in the hospital and clinic settings. She works to maximize the health outcomes of oncology patients and helps them overcome barriers to healthcare by supporting a coordinated approach to the treatment plan. She has been an oncology nurse for 27 years and loves the contact with patients and their families.

Shirley is active in the Oncology Nursing Society and she is one of the founding board members of the Upper Midwest Oncology Education Network. She holds an Advanced Oncology Nursing Certification and was named the March of Dimes Minnesota Oncology Nurse of the Year in 2018.

 

Understanding Mutations, Biomarkers, and Precision Medicine

Midwest Lung Cancer Patient Summit Presentation:

Manish Patel, DO, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Fellowship Program Director, Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation, University of Minnesota Medical School; Naomi Fujioka, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, University of Minnesota Medical School

 

Manish Patel

Dr. Patel is a medical oncologist at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. He is a lung cancer specialist caring for patients and doing research on new therapies for lung cancer. Dr. Patel was the proud recipient of the first A Breath of Hope Research Fellowship in 2014. His research is focused on immune therapy for lung cancer and he is testing novel forms of immune therapy in the laboratory and in clinical trials. He has remained active at A Breath of Hope over the years speaking at numerous events and currently serving on the Board of Directors and Research Committee. Dr. Patel is dedicated to advancing the treatment of lung cancer – finding better and safer forms of treatment that result in better survival and, ultimately, cure of patients with this disease.

Dr. Patel and his wife, Sheetal juggle busy medical careers while raising three lively boys. He is an avid lifelong tennis player and enjoys taking the family on hikes and camping.

 

Naomi Fujioka

Dr. Fujioka is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of thoracic and head/neck malignancies at the University of Minnesota, where she has been on faculty for 10 years. Her research focuses on chemoprevention of tobacco and environmental carcinogen-related lung cancer using food-based interventions. She has been on the ABOHLF research committee for a number of years.

 

Communicating with Loved Ones; How to Get the Help You Need

Midwest Lung Cancer Patient Summit Presentation:

Debora Day Laxson, Vice Chair of MN Palliative Care Advisory Council, Author

 

Deborah Day Laxson
Deborah Day Laxson is an author, speaker, and advocate for effective communication between patients, families, and medical teams. Using personal experiences and relatable stories, Deborah empowers the patient to define, document and communicate their unique priorities and values regarding treatment options. Deborah Day Laxson is the award-winning author of The Fog Zone: Navigating the Space After Your Diagnosis and The Gray Zone: When Life Support No Longer Supports Life.

 

Falling into Fear and Dropping into Despair: Navigating the Emotional Pain of a Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Midwest Lung Cancer Patient Summit Presentation:

Stacey Allen, LMFT, CCLS Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Psycho-Oncology

 

Stacey M. Allen

Stacey has dedicated her professional life to working with individuals, couples, and families who have been affected by cancer both in her therapy practice at Healthwise Behavioral Health in Maple Grove, and in group support at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. Stacey specializes in psychosocial oncology, medical issues, chronic illness, and relationships and she is devoted to helping adults, children, teens, and families through all forms of loss, including grief. Stacey provides assistance in managing anxiety and depression through psychoeducation, mindful awareness, self-calming strategies, and exploring the dynamic of important relationships. Stacey enjoys working with couples and whole families because she believes the entire system contributes to both happiness and chaos. Stacey has been active with Gilda’s Club Twin Cities which is a non-profit, cancer support clubhouse in Minnetonka. Seven years ago, when the clubhouse opened, Stacey was hired to facilitate supports groups for adults with cancer and has been doing so ever since.

This session will explore and normalize anxiety and depression symptoms around a lung cancer diagnosis. We will discuss typical negative thought patterns and strategies for moving through these common cognitions and emotions. We will end the session with ways to focus on quality and living with cancer, as well as allowing time for questions.

 

Pitfalls and Pleasures of Partnering Around Lung Cancer for Patients and Primary Caregivers

Midwest Lung Cancer Patient Summit Presentation:

Stacey Allen, LMFT, CCLS Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Psycho-Oncology

 

Stacey M. Allen

Stacey has dedicated her professional life to working with individuals, couples, and families who have been affected by cancer both in her therapy practice at Healthwise Behavioral Health in Maple Grove, and in group support at Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. Stacey specializes in psychosocial oncology, medical issues, chronic illness, and relationships and she is devoted to helping adults, children, teens, and families through all forms of loss, including grief. Stacey provides assistance in managing anxiety and depression through psychoeducation, mindful awareness, self-calming strategies, and exploring the dynamic of important relationships. Stacey enjoys working with couples and whole families because she believes the entire system contributes to both happiness and chaos. Stacey has been active with Gilda’s Club Twin Cities which is a non-profit, cancer support clubhouse in Minnetonka. Seven years ago, when the clubhouse opened, Stacey was hired to facilitate supports groups for adults with cancer and has been doing so ever since.

This session will explore the difficulties and shy beauty of partnering through cancer. We will explore typical concerns that come between partners when one has cancer and the other is experiencing cancer in a highly significant, but very different way. We will explore communication strategies for both simple and very difficult topics. We will discuss some of the issues couples typically bring to therapy and ways partners can successfully navigate difficult thoughts and feelings and find strength in partnership. Time will be reserved for questions.

 

Benefits of Palliative Care for Lung Cancer Patients and their Caregivers

Midwest Lung Cancer Patient Summit Presentation:

Victor Sandler, MD, HealthPartners, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Geriatrics

 

Victor Sandler
Dr. Sandler has been boarded in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has been in practice for over forty years. Dr. Sandler currently chairs the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Physicians, and the Minnesota POLST Task Force. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He chaired the University of Minnesota Medical Center Bioethics Committee from 2000 to 2020. Dr. Sandler lectures extensively on Bioethics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and Advance Care Planning.