Group 4E: Pan-Cancers; Symptoms & Survivorship

Thursday, June 15
10:00 am – 11:30 am Eastern Time (US/New York)

Mentor: Marlena Murphy

In 2018, Marlena Murphy was diagnosed with stage III triple-negative breast cancer. In 2019, as a volunteer patient advocate for My Style Matters, she attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium with the very first GRASP poster walkthroughs. Additionally, Marlena serves as a volunteer on the Emory Winship Cancer Institute Patient and Family Advisory (PFA) Council. Because of Marlena’s commitment to advocacy and seeking knowledge beyond the realm of breast cancer, she was offered a position as a Program Manager with GRASP in 2021. Now, she serves as an enthusiastic team member, and coordinates and leads the GRASP Huddles.

Marlena has participated as a DOD Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) consumer grant reviewer, and was featured in the 2022 AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report.  She also works as a Community Advocate for TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. Marlena’s role as a patient advocate was one she did not plan on during her lifetime, yet, she accepted it and decided that her diagnosis would not be in vain. Marlena is a mother to a teenage daughter and enjoys helping others. As a result of her diagnosis and desire to help people, Marlena entered grad school in 2020 and became a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in May 2023. Marlena currently provides therapy for individuals experiencing homelessness and will also provide pro bono therapy for breast cancer patients and survivors.

Twitter: @MarlenaDM

Scientist: Shoshana Rosenberg, ScD, MPH

Shoshana Rosenberg, ScD, MPH, is a cancer epidemiologist and cancer care delivery researcher whose research focuses on survivorship, quality of life, and treatment decision-making in young adults with breast cancer. Additionally, she is involved in designing and incorporating patient-reported outcomes measures in therapeutic breast cancer clinical trials. Dr. Rosenberg received her B.A. from Binghamton University, completed a Master of Public Health degree at NYU, and a Doctor of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Following an NCI post-doctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention, a joint program between the Harvard School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, she was a faculty member at Dana-Farber and Harvard Medical School before joining the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine in May 2021, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and a member of the Cancer Control and Prevention Program at the Meyer Cancer Center.

Twitter: @ShoshRosenberg