Workshops

All workshops are taking place on ​Thursday, June 22nd between 07:30 - 11:30.

Workshop 1: How Adherence to Guidelines Influences the Cost Effectiveness of Supportive Care Interventions
Workshop Chair: Bernardo Rapoport
Study Groups involved: Neutropenia, Infection, Myelosuppression; Oral Care, Antiemetics, Psychosocial

The need to increase the cost-effectiveness of medical treatments is recognized around the globe. One way to increase cost-effectiveness is by following evidence-based guidelines that consider cost containment. This workshop is intended to provide evidence for the need to adhere to such guidelines, both to improve outcomes and to ensure that available resources are used in the most appropriate manner. We will review current guidelines from this perspective and note possible negative consequences of non-adherence. We will also highlight the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment and supportive care.

​Workshop 2: Update on Venous Thromboembolism: Approach and Challenges
Workshop Chairs:  Carme Font, Carmen Escalante, Tom Butler, Paz Fernandez
Study Groups involved: Hemostasis, Education

This workshop will bring together a multinational group of experts to review current evidence and needed knowledge in the area of cancer-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE). It will include discussions of the clinical challenges as well as promote the education of patients, providers, and family members. Highlights include VTE prevention in ambulatory cancer patients, management of long-term treatment, and new oral anticoagulants. The workshop will focus on best practices, as illustrated by case studies, and will include discussion and illustration of various approaches to educating and engaging patients in the treatment process. The workshop will also include a patient presenter, who will speak to the group about the challenges of VTE and quality of life.​

Workshop 3:​​ ​Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care:  Why?  What? Who? When? How?​
Workshop Chair:  David Hui
Study Groups involved:  Palliative Care. Pediatrics, Education

This workshop will explore the integration of oncology and palliative care through the combination of complex case studies, panel discussion, and active audience participation. We will review the conceptual models related to such integration, and participants will learn how such integration is implemented at academic cancer centers, as well as in community clinics. We will discuss the timing of referrals to palliative care specialists and ways to discuss such referrals with patients and their families. The differences between referrals for pediatric and adult patients will also be considered.

Workshop 4: Communication Challenges in Geriatric Oncology: Perspectives of Patients, Family Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals
Workshop Chairs: Christopher Steer, Lidia Schiapira, Penny Schofield, Fran Boyle, Holly Holmes, Belinda Kiely
Study Groups involved:  Geriatrics, Psychosocial

The purpose of this workshop is to foster interdisciplinary learning and skills practice in the area of communication and quality of life with a focus on older patients and family caregivers. The workshop format will include interactive and experiential learning exercises, such as role playing, video triggers to facilitate group discussion, and demonstration of communication skills by expert facilitators. Several case studies will be discussed. These will focus on communication and strategies for improving the patient experience throughout the cancer trajectory.​

Workshop 5: Circadian Rhythms and Chronobiology in Cancer: Relationship to Cancer-related Fatigue and Other Toxicities
Workshop Chairs: Oxana Palesh and Diwakar Balachandran
Study Groups involved:  Fatigue, Palliative Care, Rehab/Survivorship/QOL​

One of the most difficult challenges faced by both clinicians and researchers is that of understanding the mechanisms involved in the etiology of toxicities related to cancer and its treatment. A primary example of such a toxicity is fatigue. However, the task is particularly challenging when severe toxicities coexist and treatment options are not well defined. The goal of this workshop is to educate clinicians and researchers about potential mechanisms of toxicity, especially those that can give rise to multiple adverse events. Circadian phenomena have strong and direct implications for fatigue, sleep problems, delirium, pain, and other toxicities. A better understanding of the relationships involved will help clinicians choose treatments and will help researchers develop new and maximally effective therapies. 


Please note that: attendance ​at the workshops requires full registration for the meeting. Workshops require extra payment of 50$​ per person per workshop; please reserve your space during the online registration process. ​You can register for the workshops here. 


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