Pre-Conference Program

 Sexual Health Programs -  Models for Care, Evidence-based Treatment Strategies, Clinical Screening Tools and Outcomes

Location: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina (Searle Center, Room 020)
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Scientific Network is organizing a half-day pre-conference CME program that will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Scientific Network Conference, September 27-28, 2018, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Our goal is to educate clinicians and providers to significantly improve the care for women with a history of cancer and advance the field of sexual medicine and cancer survivorship. The program will be conducted in accordance with ACCME standards.

The program is applicable to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and physical therapists who care for women with a history of cancer. Participants will acquire critical medical knowledge, tailored communication skills, and become familiar with targeted screening tools for identifying sexual/vulvovaginal health concerns. In addition, attendees will gain an overview of evidence-based treatment strategies to address women’s vulvovaginal health concerns and changes in sexual response.

Individuals interested in creating sexual health services for their patients will have the opportunity to learn from internationally-known thought leaders in this field. The program will focus on gold-standard practices in sexual health after cancer, how to set up and utilize various models of clinical care, and how to cultivate and disseminate appropriate resources for patients. There will be an emphasis on exploring a range of different care delivery models in order for a wide range of participants to learn how to capitalize on the resources of their individual institutions or clinical practices in order to establish services moving forward.


After attending this program you should be able to: 

  1. Identify the most common sexual/ vulvovaginal health concerns of female cancer patients
  2. Describe treatment factors associated with severity of symptoms
  3. Review effective treatments for vulvovaginal health
  4. Provide an overview of specific challenges to the sexual response and possible intervention
  5. Discuss different models for female sexual health program models and referral networks
    1. PhD/ NP model with referral network (PT & Gyn)
    2. Gen Gyn / pt educator model with referral network (PhD & PT)
    3. PA with referral network (mental health support)
    4. PhD model with referral network (Gyn & Urology)
  6. Compare and contrast different screening tools to identify, assess and monitor sexual function and vulvovaginal health symptoms and facilitate discussions
  7. Provide examples of patient education materials and communication tools & tips 
  8. Understand the potential benefits PT and referral recommendations

Preliminary Pre-Conference Program

07:00 a.m. – 08:00 a.m. Pre-Conference Registration & Breakfast
08:00 a.m. – 08:10 a.m.

Jeanne Carter, PhD

08:10 a.m. – 08:30 a.m.

Overview:  Common Sexual/Vulvovaginal Concerns
Jeanne Carter, PhD

08:30 a.m. – 08:50 a.m.

Contributing Treatment Factors
Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD MAPP

08:50 a.m. – 09:10 a.m.

Effective Treatments: Non-hormonal and Low Dose Hormonal Options
Shari Goldfarb, MD

09:10 a.m. – 09:30 a.m.

Sexual Response: Concerns & Interventions
Sharon Bober, PhD

09:30 a.m. – 09:40 a.m. BREAK
 09:40 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Different Models for Sexual Health Programs

09:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.: MSKCC - The Female Sexual Medicine and Women’s Health (FSMWH) Program
Ashley Burton-Arkena, MS, FNP-BC; Jeanne Carter, PhD


10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.: University of Chicago - Program in Integrative Sexual Medicine (PRISM) For Women and Girls with Cancer
Stacy Tessler Lindau, MD, MAPP


10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.: University of Wisconsin - Women's Integrative Sexual Health (WISH) program
David Kushner, MD; Lori Seaborne, PA


10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Dana Farber Cancer Institute – Sexual Health Program
Sharon Bober, PhD


11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.: Duke University – Sexual Health Program for Women’s Cancer Survivors
Kelly Westbrook, MD; Lisa Massa, PT, WCS, CLT

11:20 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. BREAK
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Novel Strategies to address Sexual Health Concerns
Shari Goldfarb, MD

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Patient Education & Communication Tools & Tips
Chenab Navalkha, BA

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for the Female Cancer Patient
Mary Hughes, PT, DPT, PRPC, CAPP-Pelvic, WCS

12:15 p.m. – 01:00 p.m.

Working Lunch with Q & A Session
Anuja Jhingran, MD


This program is supported by Educational Grants from:

AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Fidia Pharma USA Inc