Preconference Workshops (Thursday, August 17)

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

Advanced Practice Providers in Hem/Onc/BMT—Expanding the Provider’s Horizons (004)

3.25CH  Advanced Practice Providers (APP) 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 dermatologic 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 presentations 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  Adolescence and young adulthood (AYA) is characterized by rapid cognitive, social, and emotional development, and as a result these patients often present with unique needs that are often challenging to support within traditional pediatric or adult settings. With approximately 70,000 new AYA cancer diagnoses a year, this group of patients is roughly 6 times larger than the pediatric oncology population (Nass, et al., 2015). Recent research has demonstrated that a substantial percentage of AYA cancer survivors report multiple unmet needs, including needs for information, practical support, social/peer support, and counseling/mental health services (Keegan et al., 2012). Additional research shows that clinical outcomes for AYAs have not improved as compared to pediatric and older adult oncology populations (Shaw, et al., 2015). Oncology centers are increasingly recognizing the unique aspects of cancer during adolescence and young adulthood, and, as a result, desire to improve the quality and age-appropriateness of care provided to 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 20-49 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 AYA can be challenging, as one strives to balance AYA autonomy with wishes of parents (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.