Description & Objectives
Medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, oncological researchers, obstetricians and gynecologists, ARNPs, PA's, oncology RNs, family physicians, residents, social workers and other health care professionals in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California who work with cancer patients.
Two important factors in providing optimal treatment to women with cancer is the rapid dissemination of knowledge of the latest advances in cancer research to treating physicians and the development of strategies to address common issues faced by women with cancer, such as potential infertility, changes in body image, increased fatigue and the need for supportive and palliative care.
At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
- Describe the natural history of estrogen receptive breast cancer and discuss the role of adjuvant therapy for estrogen receptive breast cancer
- Discuss the role of adjuvant therapy for estrogen receptive breast cancer with national experts and recognize sex differences in cancer incidence, cancer mortality and cancer survival
- Describe current pap screening recommendations, review how to evaluate abnormal pap tests and cervical biopsy findings and explain current recommendation for HPV vaccine administration
- Explain the effect of cancer treatment on fertility, discuss options for preserving fertility including success rates and the process involved and discuss family building options after cancer treatment
- Identify personal struggles experienced by women with ovarian cancer, explore issues surrounding ovarian cancer and identify important aspects of patient/physician communication
- Explore the expectations women with cancer have for supportive and palliative care and express how supportive and palliative care promotes hope
- Relate how exercise during cancer treatment helps mitigate fatigue, increase activity tolerance and engage the survivor as an active member of the cancer care team
- Discuss the broad range of emotional responses to physical changes resulting from cancer care and discuss strategies for helping women cope with these emotional reactions
- Describe the power of photographic images in healing and reconciling women with cancer to bodily changes brought about by cancer care
- Discuss strategies for ameliorating the physical and emotional struggles experienced by women with cancer
- Describe the molecular analysis of tumors and its impact on current and future cancer treatment
- Discuss the impact of molecular analysis on cancer treatment with a national expert