How Immunotherapy saved my life by Jay Versluis (that’s me!)

I gave this motivational talk at the Oncology Symposium 2019 in Hollywood, FL. It gave me a chance to describe what it’s like to survive cancer when the common treatment methods fail, and how immunotherapy (specifically Keytruda) saved my life. This is an abbreviated version of the story I’m telling in my book BROKEN BOWELS.

I didn’t have notes or a presentation, and did all this from the top of my head, while taking care of the event streaming and tech. Perhaps I’ll make a Power Point for next year 🙂

Molecular Intelligence with Simon Abi-Aad

I’ve filmed this presentation at the Oncology Symposium 2019. Dr. Abi-Aad is talking about how to use Molecular Targets to personalize medicine, using genetic sequencing.

Dr. Simon Abi Aad is board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology/hematology and has special interest in public policy and cancer care delivery to patients. Dr. Abi Aad earned his medical degree from the Université Saint Esprit de Kaslik Faculté de Médecine (Jounieh, Lebanon), did a research internship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center (New York, NY) with extensive rotations at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. After his residency, Dr. Abi Aad was awarded a Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the University of Miami – Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Miami, FL).

Checkpoint Immunotherapy and how it works – with Kenia Caballero

In this presentation, one of my oncology nurses Kenia Caballero gives us an overview on how immunotherapy works. She was one of the many wonderful nurses who administered both chemotherapy as well as immunization drugs while I was undergoing treatment in Mount Sinai Miami Beach during 2016 and 2017.

I’ve filmed this talk at the Oncology Symposium 2019 in Hollywood, FL.

Updates in B-Cell Malignancies with Amy Goodrich

This is a presentation about updates and issues in hematologic malignancies, specifically B-Cell malignancies. Amy gave this talk at the Oncology Symposium 2019 in Hollywood, FL.

Amy L. Goodrich, RN, MSN, CRNP-AC, is a Research Associate at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Hematologic Malignancies for The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. She manages patients with various types of hematologic malignancies, concentrating on lymphomas, in addition to managing The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center’s team of research nurses.

Breast Cancer Update with Dr. Elisa Krill-Jackson

I’ve filmed this presentation at the Oncology Symposium 2019 in Hollywood, FL. It’s about advances in breast cancer treatments over the last year. Please excuse the audio quality, she was the first speaker of the day and we were still figuring things out so early in the morning.

Dr. Krill-Jackson is a practicing Hematologist & Oncologist in Miami Beach, FL. Dr. Krill-Jackson graduated from University of Michigan Medical School in 1990 and has been in practice for 28 years. She completed a residency at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Krill-Jackson also specializes in Internal Medicine and Oncology. She currently practices at Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center.

2nd Annual Oncology Symposium 2019

I streamed this event live from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, back in April 2019. I totally forgot to put it on this site (like so many other things and videos that I’ve posted on YouTube already).

This was a one-day speaker event (including myself), about Empowering Professionals and Advancing Evidence-Based Strategies in Cancer Care.

Speakers and Program Outline

Below you’ll find clickable links that take you directly to each speaker’s part in the video.

Karen R. Stephensen, DNP, MBA, APRN-BC

Introduction and Opening Remarks

Elisa Krill-Jackson, MD

Treatment Update: Breast Cancer/SABCS Update
Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Miami Beach, FL

Amy Goodrich, MSN, CRNP-AC

Updates and Issues in Hematologic Malignancies
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Baltimore, MD

Jay Versluis, Super Survivor

BROKEN BOWELS – a motivational minute
How Immunotherapy saved my life

Simon Abi-Aad, MD

Understanding Molecular Intelligence
Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute, Naples, FL
Florida Precision Oncology (June 2019)

Kenia Caballero, MSN

Best Practices for the Assessment and Management of Immune Related Adverse Effects
Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Miami Beach, FL

Raul Alberto Cortes Ladino, MD

How to Recognise and Treat Fear, Anxiety and Depression in Persons with Cancer
Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Miami Beach, FL

Mike Cusnir, MD

Integrative Medicine / Use of Medical Marijuana
Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Miami Beach, FL

If you have any questions about the presents, please reach out to karen.stephenson@msmc.com