Group 1B: HER2+ Breast Cancer; Antibody-Drug Conjugates; Targeted Therapies; Clinical Trials; Treatment Resistance

Wednesday, June 12
10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time (US/New York)

Mentor: Jacqueline Benson, P.A.

Jacqueline Benson is a Physician Assistant, military spouse and mother of four. She was diagnosed with inflammatory metastatic HER2+ breast cancer de novo (no evidence of disease prior to metastatic diagnosis) on a routine yearly mammogram in 2016. She has undergone multiple cycles of chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and participated in a clinical trial.

Since her diagnosis she has devoted her time and energy to advocate for women living with metastatic breast cancer. She is inspired by those who came before and her friends who did not survive their breast cancer. She is an SOS mentor for women with newly diagnosed metastatic breast cancer through INOVA Fairfax and a graduate of NBCC Project Lead 2022.

She plans to continue to assist in influencing public policy and to have a voice in ongoing and forthcoming research proposals.

Scientist: Sarah Sammons, M.D.

Dr. Sammons is a medical oncologist specializing in all stages of breast cancer. Her research focuses on improving the outcomes of people living with metastatic breast cancer. She has led multiple clinical trials which have led to new treatment options for patients with metastatic breast cancer. She also has expertise in the treatment of brain metastases. Dr. Sammons received her MD from Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia, PA in 2012. She completed her residency in internal medicine at University of Maryland and went on to complete fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Duke University. In 2018, she joined the staff of Duke Cancer Institute and ultimately served as Associate Director of Breast Cancer Research. She joined Brigham and Women’s and Dana-Farber in 2022, where she is a medical oncologist and clinical investigator in the Breast Oncology Center. She serves as Associate Director of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Program.