CancerCollaborative™ community outreach programs provide professional development and networking opportunities, along with resources and tools to maintain partnerships. The conference series is designed for healthcare professionals -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.

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Cancer Collaborative in Holyoke, MA 
on October 17, 2019

Thank you to all who attended!

Cancer Collaborative, Worcester
Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
Held at
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm 
Speakers Included:

David Shepro, MD:
Medical Director of Cancer Care Services at Eaton Place Oncology, St. Vincent Hospital

Katie Dobbin Binda, MSW, LICSW:
Private  practice, formerly 25 years at Massachusetts General Hospital

Delila Katz, PharmD, BCOP, B.S. :
Pharmacy Specialist, Oncology and Palliative Care
U Mass Memorial Medical Center

Pamela Lane, CNP, MSN, FNP-C, RN-BC, ACHPN:
Board certified pain management
Board certified hospice and palliative care
Certified Nurse Practitioner, U Mass Memorial Medical Center

Topics Included:
Innovations in Cancer Treatments; 
Living With Cancer as a Chronic Illness
Palliative Care; Benefits of early incorporation; Finding resources for your patients
Self Care for Healthcare Professionals
Identifying and Addressing the needs in your community



Cancer Collaborative Cape & Islands, Hyannis  

I just wanted to express my gratitude to you for assembling such a wonderful group of folks for the BCS conference last week in Hyannis. Not only was it enjoyable, the speakers were informative and action oriented. The break-out sessions were invaluable in identifying how disparate cancer care groups share common challenges and concerns. Again, many thanks for bringing us all together in such a supportive yet goal driven conference.
—–  Michael R. Dodge, RN, MS 
Nurse, The Arc of Cape Cod


Speakers Included:

Tina Soares, BSN, RN, CHPN, Quality of Life Management, VNA of Cape Cod/ Cape Cod Healthcare

Jon S. DuBois, MD,  Hematologist, Oncologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Nantucket Cottage Hospital, Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.

Katie Dobbin Binda, MSW, LICSW Social worker in private practice; creator of numerous wellness programs and services for patients, families.


Topics Included:
Palliative Care: Benefits of early incorporation, before a terminal diagnosis is made
Innovations in Cancer Treatments
Living With Cancer as a Chronic Illness
Self Care for Healthcare Professionals
Identifying and Addressing the Largest Needs in your Community


 Upon completion of the seminar / workshop  attendees were  able to:
1)  Understand the wide scope of Palliative Care services, and the importance of embracing services before someone is given a terminal diagnosis; discuss what quality of life means to your patients and how support-teams can reach those goals.
2)  Learn about the Changing Landscape of Cancer Care, specifically what is on the horizon in terms of  treatment, and Living with Cancer as a Chronic Illness.
3)  Learn how we as healthcare professionals, caring for patients and families, can also care for ourselves.
4)   Identify 3-5 services that are needed within your specific community (a product of the breakout sessions) and begin discussions on how to address them.
5)  Maintain relationships with attendees across the Cape & Islands for future collaborations via BASECAMP.

Cancer Collaborative Metrowest, William James College, Newton, MA

Dr. Buss

Since the workshop took place, attendees have been in contact with one another and are creating teen support groups.

Speakers included:

Mary K. Bus, MD, MPH  

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

Katie Dobbin Binda, MSW, LICSW

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.

Online tools to continue the conversation among attendees were provided.

Attendees discussed some of the critical needs of their individual communities

CancerCollaborative South Shore, Quincy, MA

Tim Cummings, Program Director, Cancer Support Community, Massachusetts South Shore

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.

breakout group


Break-out session roundup with Katie Dobbin Binda, MSW, LICSW

Keynote Speakers:

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) 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.