Group 6C: Breast Cancer—Metastatic; Racial Disparities; Survivorship



Friday, June 10
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Eastern Time (US/New York)



Mentor: Abigail Johnston

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, www.NoHalfMeasures.blog.

Twitter: @AMJohnston1315

Scientist: Traci Bethea, Ph.D.

Dr. Traci N. Bethea is an Assistant Professor in the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research focuses on chemical and non-chemical stressors underlying cancer health disparities affecting Black women with a particular focus on estrogen receptor negative breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Her current work continues research on breast cancer subtypes in African American women and also examines risk factors for ovarian cancer and for sleep disturbances. Her research on modifiable factors and breast cancer survivorship is supported by a career development award from the National Cancer Institute. New research directions involve the study of environmental and social factors as predictors of health disparities in cancer incidence and survivorship and aims to “bridge the gap” between the biologic, individual, and macroenvironmental levels. Dr. Bethea received a PhD in Environmental Health from Boston University School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral training in cancer epidemiology with the Black Women’s Health Study at the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University.

Twitter: @shelovesepi