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The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) held its 8th Annual National Conference in Chapel Hill September 19-21, 2014 in conjunction with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.


“More than 250 patients and caregivers came to Chapel Hill to network with others,” said UNC Lineberger Administrative Clinical Director Jean Sellers, RN, MSN, one of many UNC Lineberger staff who helped facilitate the conference. “It was amazing to see the positive energy, laughter and networking support taking place in the room.”

The event opened with a reception on Friday, September 19. The main conference followed on Saturday, September 20, with additional networking opportunities and breakout sessions on the morning of Sunday, September 21. More than 20 UNC Lineberger faculty and staff volunteered to share their time and expertise with the conference participants.

Plenary sessions included:

Breakout sessions were offered throughout the conference and included:

“This was the most ambitious agenda we have ever had for this conference, and UNC Lineberger helped us make it a success,” says conference chair and MBCN board member Deb Tincher. “We are so grateful to the many physicians and staff who volunteered their time to come here on a weekend – and they were all so gracious to stay and answer questions and talk with people individually. The hospitality has been wonderful!”

UNC Lineberger member Carey Anders, MD, worked with MBCN staff over several months to organize the annual conference. “UNC Lineberger was so honored to host the 8th Annual MBCN Conference,” says Anders. “We truly enjoyed meeting the MBCN staff and the amazing patients who traveled from as far as Europe and Canada to participate in the informative and inspirational weekend. I speak for myself and many of my colleagues when I say that the weekend re-invigorated our passion for our patients and our research, such that we can truly make a difference in the lives of patients with metastatic breast cancer.”


MBCN held its first conference at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in 2006. Subsequent conferences have been held at M.D. Anderson, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Indiana University’s Simon Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine and Northwestern Medical Center.


MBCN is a national, independent, nonprofit, patient advocacy organization dedicated to the unique concerns of the women and men living with metastatic breast cancer. MBCN was founded in 2004 by Jane Soyer and Nina Schulman. See