Fifth Annual Cancer Control Symposium: Personalized Approaches in Cancer Prevention & Screening

Friday, May 21, 2021
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT
Live, Virtual Conference

Swedish Cancer Institute’s Fifth Annual Cancer Control Symposium will feature didactic lectures and discussions about the factors that impact efforts for an increasingly more personalized approach to cancer prevention & screening. Expert faculty will review the most current research and evidence-based interventions, to help guide our community in efforts to increase screening rates, and to lessen the impact of risk-factors for cancer. Specifically, this course will feature lectures focused on hereditary cancers, consumer genomics, and screening rate declines and barriers as a results of COVID-19 and pandemic protocols.

This conference is intended for all health-care professionals involved in the care of cancer patients and those at risk, including physicians, ARNPs, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, administrative leaders, community program managers, patient health advocates, residents/fellows and researchers. It is especially relevant for the following specialties: medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, genetic counseling, family medicine, internal medicine, primary care, research, palliative care, community public health, supportive care services, and social work.

View more information about the course below. Attendees will also receive access to the recordings of most lectures for a limited time following the live date. There is a registration fee to attend this program, see the "Fees" tab below with more details.



Karen Hurley, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Center for Behavioral Health
The Cleveland Clinic

Darren R. Pollock, M.D.
Colon and Rectal Surgeon
Swedish Cancer Institute

Veena Shankaran, M.D., MS
Medical Oncologist
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Associate Director
Division of Medical Oncology
UW School of Medicine
Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR)
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Scott M. Weissman, MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
Chicago Genetic Consultants, LLC

Karla Wysocki
Senior Director of Clinical Interventions
American Cancer Society

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias.

Planning Committee

Somasundaram Subramaniam, M.D., MS, Course Director
Gary Goodman, M.D., MS
Nancy Hanson, MS, GC
Barbara Kollar, MHA, MCHES
Melita Lynch, CHES
Cecilia Lynn, ARNP
Nancy Thompson, RN, MSN, AOCNS
Kathleen To
Kristin Wisegarver, MHA
Danielle Posadas, CME Specialist Sr.



At the conclusion of this symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

Overall Course

  • Influence clinical change by recognizing how behavioral outcomes of uptake, adherence, and impact influence the prevention goals of reducing morbidity and mortality.
  • Identify the many differences between direct-to-consumer and professional genomic testing, in order to best guide patients who have consumer results or are seeking counseling/testing. 
  • Discuss the impact of the pandemic on cancer screening rates and steps for the future to encourage screenings
  • Use community and organizational resources to reduce barriers to cancer prevention (such as culture, language, location, and cost).

Lecture Specific Objectives

  • Identify health behavior translational outcomes (uptake, adherence, impact) that influence the morbidity/mortality benefits of advances in cancer control and apply health behavior translational framework to identify research questions in clinical care settings and to reduce the effects of these factors and barriers
  • Name different types of consumer genomic testing, identify the clinical utility of different types of consumer genomic testing, and refer appropriate patients for genetic counseling who have undergone genetic testing
  • Review the factors that affect cancer screening access and prevention adherence in our communities with experts and discuss oncology screening related questions from everyday practice with experts
  • Discuss the current state of cancer screenings in our communities with local experts and apply strategies on a local, community level to address barriers to adherence with cancer screening and prevention recommendations


Accreditation with Commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
This Other (Internet Live and Internet Enduring Material) activity has been approved for 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advance practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing - Health Education CECHs
Sponsored by Swedish Medical Center, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 4.5 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level CECH available are 4.5.  Continuing Competency credits available are 0.0. Provider ID# 101907.

American Academy of Physician Assistants 
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 4.5 hours for completing this course.

Pending CEUs:

Genetic Counselor CEUs


Despite decades of cancer care, public communication campaigns and prevention techniques there are still many gaps in cancer care at various points within the cancer care continuum from cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and end-of life care.

Based on a recent community health needs assessment focused on cancer, it was determined there is a need to improve screening rates for those at-risk for cancer, address psychosocial barriers to screenings and prevention, and make sure the most up-to-date screening information is available and practiced among health care professionals. Addressing these needs and reviewing personalization techniques for care that take into account psychosocial factors will result in more accurate screening recommendations for each patient and improved early cancer detection and prevention. This year the course will specifically focus on screening challenges and rate decreases due to the pandemic.

Through didactic lectures, multidisciplinary panels and discussions, this symposium will use lectures and cancer control case examples to review the tools and techniques that can be used by health care professionals to improve screening rates for cancers among at-risk populations, address psychosocial factors affecting compliance and personalization efforts, and lessen confusion about current screening recommendations and prevention guidelines.


M.D./D.O.  $140
Allied Health Professional (need credit; ARNP, PA, nurses, etc.) $70
Swedish Employees (no CME/CE credit needed, not in above categories) $40
Community Health Organizations / Patient Advocates $40
Residents/Fellows/Medical Students $25

Registration Information
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by the "Advance Registration" date will receive a reminder email after Monday, May 10, 2021. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment.

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Friday, May 14, 2021.

Special Accommodations
If you require accommodations to participate, please contact Swedish CME at or 206-386-2755.

Registration Fees
The fees for this course includes all instruction materials, virtual event access, recorded lecture access, and a certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This symposium may be financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support. A complete listing of commercial supporters is not available at this time. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.


Acknowledgements will be added as confirmed.