CancerCollaborative™ community outreach programs provide professional development and networking opportunities, along with resources and tools to maintain partnerships. The conference series is designed for patient navigators, nurses, social workers, community health workers, and organizations that support patients with cancer and their families. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides 3 Continuing Education Credits for nurses and social workers on the day of the seminar. Each CancerCollaborative program is comprised of three speakers and two break-out sessions.
CancerCollaborative Metrowest took place on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 At William James College in Newton, MA
Since the workshop took place, attendees have been in contact with one another and are creating teen support groups.
Palliative care physician and oncologist, with a focus on improving the integration of palliative care into cancer care.
Dr. Bus’s objectives for the morning included discussing the benefits of early palliative care for patients with cancer and their families; distinguishing between palliative care and hospice; discussing the common misconceptions and barriers related to palliative care, and the psychosocial aspects of coping.
Robb S. Friedman, MD
Medical Director, Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center, Needham.
Dr. Friedman discussed the changing landscape of cancer care: What is on the horizon in terms of treatment, and living with cancer as a chronic illness
With 25 years of experience in healthcare, Katie is widely recognized for her counseling and coaching expertise as well as her leadership in innovative program development, patient advocacy and workshop facilitation. Katie was the Founding Director of the HOPES Program (now known as the Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program) at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, creating wellness programs and services for patients, families and staff. She developed and oversaw the Center’s integrative therapies service and teams as well as created education and support programs including introductions to chemotherapy and clinical trials; complementary therapies; exercise; stress management and cancer survivorship.
Katie facilitated the event as well as spoke to attendees about how we as medical professionals, caring for patients and families, can also care for ourselves.
Attendees discussed some of the critical needs of their individual communities
CancerCollaborative South Shore, October, 2015: Supporting Patients and Ourselves Through Community Partnerships
South Shore CancerCollaborative, October, 2015: Supporting Patients and Ourselves Through Community Partnerships
Upon completion, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provided 3.0 Continuing Education Contact Hours for Nurses, and 3.0 Continuing Education Clock Hours for Social Workers
According to the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the projected cancer incidence will increase by approximately 45%, from 1.6 million in 2010 to 2.3 million in 2030. As a vital part of today’s healthcare system, it is more important than ever for cancer support providers and organizations to strengthen their local networks.
In addition to the day’s keynote speakers, attendees took part in two breakout sessions, and were given instruction on how to use the CancerCollaborative™ Community Forum (CCCF) for ongoing partnerships. The CCCF is a password-protected online tool / forum created for healthcare providers to help meet the needs of patients, families, and themselves.
Tim Cummings, LICSW, Program Director, Cancer Support Community – Massachusetts South Shore: The Three Stages of Cancer: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Post – Treatment Community Re-entry. Life, during treatment and post–treatment can be challenging and one can feel disconnected and isolated. What might help in staying connected during treatment and beyond.
Deborah J. Cornwall, author of “Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out” and “Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer and Kids.” The critical issues facing the caregivers as they describe them, and the implications for you as healthcare and support providers, on how to serve both caregivers and patients.
Katie Dobbin Binda, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker in Private Practice, Patient Advocacy & Wellness Consultant – Compassion and resilience are essential skills that oncology providers need in their work. Caring for ourselves is critical in order for us to best care for our patients and their families.
At the conclusion of this program, participants were able to:
- Discuss the importance of survivorship care
- Understand how they can best complement the clinical care team in supporting patients and caregivers’ needs for control, hope, isolation and/or normalcy
- Discuss how they can engage patients and caregivers emotionally
- Understand patients’ emotional needs and maintain their own health and emotional well-being
- List the top 3-5 needs of patients with cancer and families in their community
- List the top 3-5 issues facing cancer providers in their community
Continuing Education Information
Approval for nurses has been obtained by the National Office of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society under provider
number CEP 5832 to award 3 continuing education contact hours through the California Board of Registered Nursing.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), provider number 1105, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org Approved Continuing Education Program (ACE). Approval Period: December 2014 – December 2017. LLS maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive 3.0 CE clock hours.
The South Shore CancerCollaborative™ was made possible through a community grant from CHNA 20, and Continuing Education Credits through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.