Group 5C: HR+ Breast Cancer; Ethnic/Racial Outcomes & Disparities

Thursday, Dec 15
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)

Poster #P4-03-21

Racial disparities in survival trends in patients with metastatic Hormone receptor positive/Her 2 negative breast cancer: a SEER population-based study

Poster #P6-02-09:

Racial/ethnic groups have different rates of pathogenic variants in common cancer genes

Poster author Krista Ortega will attend this session

Mentor: Abigail Johnston, Esq

Abigail is a recovering lawyer, living in Florida with her husband and two boys, and has lived with de novo Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) since 2017.  Advocacy and brining the patient voice to all levels of health care and research is her passion and Abigail is honored to serve as a mentor with GRASP as well as on the Inaugural Advisory Board.  You can find her musings on her blog,

Twitter: @AMJohnston1315

Scientist: Diana Mendoza-Cervantes, Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Diana is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her dual degree, B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology and B.A. in Philosophy, at the University of Maryland in College Park. She joined Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute as a Cancer Research Training Award Fellow, during which she worked on a range of projects including HPV diagnostics and vaccination, qualitative research on breast cancer stigma in women in low- and middle-income countries, and on leveraging research to lower the burden of breast and cervical cancer in Latin America. She completed her Masters of Bioethics at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and JHU Berman Institute of Bioethics, focusing on epistemic injustice in decision making at the primary care level and within health systems. She worked with the Global Bioethics Program at JHU supporting the work of graduate fellows from low- and middle-income countries and with the development of ethics curriculum for physicians and scientists in Malaysia. She is now on a research fellowship between her third and fourth year of medical school and working on the ethics and patient experience of tissue biobanking.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, Niko!