MARCIA CROSS (woman with red hair smiling)Marcia Anne Cross is an American actress. She began her career on daytime soap operas and was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy for her portrayal of conservative housewife Bree Van de Kamp on the ABC television series Desperate Housewives. She also recurred as President Claire Haas on the ABC series Quantico.

In June 2019, Marcia revealed that she had been battling anal cancer and is now in remission. Since then, she has been talking about her cancer battle to help destigmatize the disease and encourage people to seek treatment

Lorraine Drapek, DNP FNP-BC AOCNP

Lorraine Drapek (woman with short brown hair smiling)Lorraine Drapek is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner in Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a doctorate degree in nursing practice from the University of Massachusetts in 2017.

She has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2010 and holds certifications in Family Practice and Oncology. She has practiced in nursing for over 40 years with an oncology focus for over 30 years. As a nurse practitioner, she focuses on curative and palliative care, symptom management, patients receiving care on clinical trials, and survivorship.

Her doctoral project focused on establishing a sexual health clinic for women undergoing pelvic radiation. She later underwent training to treat sexual health after cancer treatment, in both men and women.

Lorraine recently completed a study of quality of life, mood, and sexual function in women who have had pelvic radiation. She currently treats men and women, as the lead provider in the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Sexual Health Clinic.

Cathy Eng, M.D., FACP, FASCO

Cathy Eng (Woman with short brown hair smiling)Cathy Eng, MD, FACP, FASCO, Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology, is the Co-Director of GI Oncology and Co-Leader of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Research Program. She joined the faculty at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in July 2019.

Her primary clinical research interests include clinical trials involving innovative drugs for the treatment of colorectal, anal, and appendiceal cancers. She has a specific interest in young colorectal cancer patients as well as the role of immunotherapy in HPV-associated cancers. She has published multiple publications on these GI malignancies.

Nationally, Dr. Eng has served in multiple leadership roles for ASCO, ASCO GI, ECOG, and the NCI Rectal/Anal Task Force. She has most recently been chosen to serve as the Vice-Chair for the SWOG GI Committee and the NCI GI Steering Committee. She is a member of the Anal Cancer Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.


REBECCA GUTERMAN (Woman with long brown hair smiling)

Rebecca Guterman is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Specialist in Oncology nutrition currently working at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center. She completed her master’s degree in nutrition from Stony Brook University, and she is a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist with the state of New York.

Rebecca provides evidenced-based nutrition education to cancer patients, specializing in diseases within the gastrointestinal system. A firm believer in food as medicine, she helps people incorporate healthful eating practices within their current abilities and tolerances.

Rebecca stays up to date with the latest research and professional recommendations for nutrition before, during, and after cancer treatment. Using dietary therapy and compassion, she helps her patients manage the symptoms and side effects related to cancer and its treatments.

She strives to stay up to date with the latest research on dietary therapeutics to manage the symptoms and side effects related to cancer and its treatment. A firm believer in food as medicine, she works to help people incorporate healthful eating practices within their current abilities and tolerances.

Judith Logue, Ph.D

Judith Logue (Woman with brown hair smiling) Judith Logue, Ph.D. is a senior (training and supervising) psychoanalyst, and professional relationship, health and executive coach who has practiced for over 50 years.

She co-founded the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of NJ, is a former board member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 39 (Psychoanalysis); Section I, III and VIII: Past-President, Section III; and Division 51 (Men and Masculinities).

Dr. Logue is a recent past Director on the board of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). She holds Certifications in Forensic Medicine, Psychological Specialties, and Traumatic Stress. She is Captain in the Air Force Civil Air Patrol, Palm Beach County CAP Squadron, and taught leadership to cadets.

Dr. Logue has published papers in professional journals, book reviews, and book chapters; She can be contacted at or  609-915-9155.

Joel Palefsky, M.D., C.M., F.R.C.P.(C).

Joel Palefsky - Man with glasses smiling

Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. Joel is an internationally recognized expert on the molecular biology, treatment, pathogenesis and natural history of anogenital human papillomavirus infections, particularly in the setting of HIV infection.

He is the director of the world's first clinic devoted to prevention of anal cancer, the Anal Neoplasia Clinic Research and Education Center at the UCSF Cancer Center. He is the vice-chair of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-supported AIDS Malignancy Consortium.

He is the chair of the Anal Cancer /HSIL Outcomes Research (ANCHOR) Study, a national multi-site NIH study designed to determine whether treatment of anal cancer precursor lesions prevents the development of anal cancer and to identify biomarkers of progression.

He is founder and past president of the International Anal Neoplasia Society and is past president of the International Papillomavirus Society. He is the founder and chairperson of the IPVS International HPV Awareness Day Campaign and is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Anal Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Allison Romero, DPT

Dr. Allison Romero, woman with brown hair smilingDr. Allison Romero, DPT is a pelvic floor physical therapist with a special interest in recovery following anal cancer treatment. She received her doctorate from the University of Southern California and has been practicing as a pelvic floor specialist since 2011.

She runs a private practice in the San Francisco Bay area that services both men and women on the road to improved pelvic health. She is a mom to 2 girls, Piper and June.


Paul Romesser, MD

Paul Romesser (man in suit smiling)Dr. Romesser is the Director of Colorectal Anal Cancer in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he was Chief Resident. He is a physician scientist with an interest in developing novel radiation sensitizers for colorectal anal cancers. He is a member of the NRG Oncology colorectal and non-colorectal committees and the NCI Colon Task Force. His work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Science, Cell, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research, International Journal of Radiation Oncology and Biophysics, and Cancer. Dr. Romesser is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anal Cancer Foundation.

Sana Shaikh, MD

Sana Shaikh (woman with brown hair smiling)Dr. Shaikh is a double board-certified anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist with years of experience in private practice. She cares for patients as both an anesthesiologist and an interventional cancer pain specialist. Her main treatment goal for patients is to balance medications with techniques that can relieve pain to improve both quality of life and functionality. These methods include nerve blocks, intrathecal drug delivery systems, radiofrequency techniques, and neurolytic blocks.

Her clinical interests lie in learning and practicing the newest innovations so that she can optimize her patients’ pain treatment plans.


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