Hot Topics Mentor Sessions

In conjunction with the intense learning experience to be had at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) – scholarship recipients, as well as other patient advocates in attendance, are provided with an opportunity to interact with leading medical experts during ABCF’s three-day Hot Topics Mentor Sessions.


2017 Hot Topic Mentor Sessions at the 40th Annual SABCS

The mentor sessions have been a part of SABCS for 20 years. We hope you are able to join us December 6-8th from 6 – 7:45 pm at  the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – Room 221.

  • 6:00 pm reception and sign-in
  • 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm program

Confirmed Mentors:
Maura Dickler, MD
Douglas Yee, MD
Judy Garber, MD, MPH
Julie Gralow, MD
Suzanne Fuqua, PHD
Matthew Ellis, MD
Virginia Kaklamani, MD
Peter Ravdin, MD, PHD
Debu Tripathy, MD
Steffi Oesterreich, PHD
Richard Crownover, MD, PhD


The Hottest Ticket at SABCS

The panel of experts at the Mentor Sessions report on the most intriguing, valuable and/or controversial research presented that day and then take questions from the audience. The Mentor Sessions are the premier event for all advocates who attend SABCS, providing them the opportunity to interact with recognized breast cancer experts in an intimate learning environment. Attendance at these nightly sessions has grown exponentially over the past few years due to the increase in patient advocate attendance at the symposium and to the unique learning environment and access to the leading researchers in breast cancer. Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (BBCCF) co-sponsor the Project LEAD Advanced Topics held at SABCS.  This educational program, conducted by NBCCF, helps Project LEAD patient advocate graduates and scholarship recipients to update their knowledge on clinical science and helps prepare them for the sessions at the SABCS.  This session is usually held on Tuesday morning. ABCF also partners with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to present an educational program for all patient advocates who attend the SABCS.  This special session is held on Tuesday evening.  This program is designed to help patient advocates better understand the basic science of breast cancer by holding a mini-science course including a short Year in Review.