Preconference Workshops (Thursday, September 13)

Each preconference course is an extra-fee event. Please click on each course title to view the full description. Registration for these courses is available in the online registration system of the pdf registration form.

8:30 am – 12 pm

Consulting, Arranging and Referring: How to Create the Connections Needed for a Successful CAR T Patient Experience (004)

3.25CH  Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) have a key role in the management of pediatric cancer and blood disorders. APPs require ongoing education in the specific areas of diagnosis, management, and procedures. Requested educational updates include management of oncology-specific dermatology complications; management of acute upper respiratory illness in the setting of immunosuppression; neurologic exam and pertinent associated findings; endocrinologic complications in the patient with cancer; thrombosis and management of central line associated clots; oncologic emergencies; and procedural practice of bone marrow aspirations, biopsies, and lumbar punctures.

8:30 am – 12 pm

Powerful Presentations: Strategies to Maximize Learning and Change (005)

3.25CH  In today’s continuing education environment, there are many options for innovative approaches to delivering presentations. It is important for faculty to understand why particular presentation strategies are effective in creating engagement and facilitating learning. During this interactive session, participants will explore key factors that contribute to successful educational sessions based on adult learning principles.

Mary Lowe, PhD
8:30 am – 12 pm

Development of an AYA Program in a Pediatric and Community-Wide Setting (006)

3.25CH  Adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology patients often find that they are misfits within a healthcare system designed to serve the needs of older adults and children. As a result, they report multiple unmet needs during their cancer journeys including the need for information, practical support, social/peer support, and mental health services. Their relatively poor health outcomes reflect gaps in care from time of diagnosis through treatment. Efforts to improve care for AYA patients encounter challenges arising from the disbursement of AYA patients across multiple treatment sites, inadequate education about adolescent health and development, and limited resources available to patients in this age group.

8:30 am – 12 pm

Palliative Care Challenges in Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults: Advance Care Planning, Spirituality and Moral Distress (007)

3.25CH  Cancer remains the most common non-accidental cause of death in childhood. In 2013, 627 children between the ages of 15 to 19 years of age died related to malignancies out of a total of 9,480 deaths in this age group (Osterman et al., 2015). Almost 10,000 young adults between 20 and 49 years of age die annually from cancer (SEER, 2016). Yet, clinicians remain reluctant to have difficult discussions with these adolescents and young adults (AYAs) (Rosenberg et al, 2016). Discussions with AYAs can be challenging, as one strives to balance AYA autonomy with their parents’ wishes (Osterman et al., 2016). Advance care planning helps define goals of care so that the AYA’s wishes can be honored throughout the disease trajectory and at end of life. Spirituality may impact discussions, decision making, and coping with the challenges of cancer for the AYA and the family.