Dr. Suzanne Rutherford is a practicing physician in family, hospital and palliative medicine. She has a special interest in lifestyle and weight loss coaching that started during her undergraduate years when she majored in human biology and nutritional sciences.
After two pregnancies and a busy post-graduate residency program, she found herself 30lbs overweight and feeling tired and discouraged. She knew that by finding time to prioritize her own physical and mental health, she would become a more fulfilled mother, wife, and physician…and that is where her fitness and nutrition journey began.
Jake Wright has a BSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, along with advanced certifications in nutrition, joint mobility, and strength and conditioning that compliments his 15-years of experience in personal, on-line, and group fitness training.
More recently, Suzanne and Jake have developed a flexible online training community approach to health and wellness that helps busy professionals break out of their fitness rut and excel in all areas of life.
SEXUAL HEALTH AFTER BREAST CANCER: INTIMACY, INTERCOURSE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
Dr. Don S Dizon, MD, FACO, FASCO
Director of the Breast and Pelvic Malignancies Program at Lifespan Cancer Institute, Head of Community Outreach and Engagement at The Cancer Center at Brown University, and Director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital
Don Dizon is the Director of the Breast and Pelvic Malignancies Program at Lifespan Cancer Institute, Head of Community Outreach and Engagement at The Cancer Center at Brown University, and Director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital. He was trained in medical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) where he was also on the faculty in the Developmental Therapeutics section and Gynecologic Oncology Disease Management Team at MSKCC until 2003. Between 2003 and 2009 he was the director of medical oncology at the Program in Women's Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. In July 2012, he transferred his clinical practice to Mass General, where he founded and directed the Oncology Sexual Health Clinic at the MGH Cancer Center. Between 2014 and 2017 he was the Clinical Co-Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the MGH Cancer Center. Among his editorial roles, he is section editor in Gynecologic Oncology at UpToDate, Associate Editor at The Oncologist and serves on multiple editorial boards. He maintains online columns for ASCO and for the journal, The Oncologist and is the chair of the Digital Engagement Committee for SWOG, a member of the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO). Dr. Dizon is on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok as @drdonsdizon.
Jane is winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 ‘Amazing Women Global’ for unsung heroines. Awarded for Jane’s work educating and helping cancer patients since 2003.
Jane trained as a Chartered Physiotherapist, gaining a distinction in her exams and winning the Sarah Leeson Memorial Award for the most promising student. After qualifying she worked in the NHS and private practice for 12 years specialising in Neurology and then Orthopaedics when she left the profession to pursue more entrepreneurial endeavours.
In 2002 she launched a range of toiletries and a uniquely-designed waterproof book under the brand name BATHrobics and the following year she won the coveted UK Gift of the Year Award.
Throughout this time (from 1994 until 2004), Jane battled two aggressive cancers with metastatic spread, both were classed as ‘terminal’.
Using her medical knowledge and researching heavily, she put together a cancer-starving formula, using natural therapies, exercise and diet. When she developed a second cancer, leukaemia, the result of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for her first cancer, she knew she only had weeks to live. With nothing to lose, she put together a unique cocktail of old drugs. To her enormous relief, joy and surprise, her cancer just ‘melted away’. Her cocktail was more powerful than she had ever hoped.
Since her remarkable recovery, Jane has been a staunch supporter of ‘off label’ drugs for cancer therapy (medicines used for other conditions than their approved licence).
Now Jane is campaigning for off-label drugs to be recognised as effective cancer treatment. She has visited parliament, helping to change legislation for ‘off patent’ and ‘off label’ drugs. She continues to push for the vast Cancer Drug Fund to be used to investigate these—something the cancer charities are failing to do.
Jane is a natural revolutionary, a powerful speaker and a brave and passionate advocate of fellow cancer sufferers. She spends much of her day coordinating cancer care for patients, researching off label drugs and providing up to date information for her thousands of followers in her Facebook group.
Jane is also a keen sportswoman, a National medallist in Karate, as well as a National and European sailing champion. What she enjoys most is mucking about with her family, especially on their boat.
Her mission: To turn the oncology profession upside down.
UPDATES ON NEW MEDICAL ONCOLOGY RESEARCH FOR EARLY STAGE BREAST CANCER
Dr. Karen Smith is an Assistant Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a member of the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Women’s Malignancies Program. Her clinical practice is based at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C. and focuses on breast cancer care with an emphasis on young women. Her primary research areas of interest include patient-reported outcomes, reducing the toxicities of cancer therapies, improving care delivery and reproductive health issues in breast cancer patients. Dr. Smith is the Director of Breast Medical Oncology at Sibley Memorial Hospital and Co-Director of the Young Women with Breast Cancer Program at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.
She received a B.A. in Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and then attended medical school at Rush Medical College. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and then received a M.P.H. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health followed by fellowship in in medical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.