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2017 MASCC/ISOO Annual Meeting Study Group Workshops

Past Workshops:  2016  |   2015  |  2014  |  2013  |  2012  |  2011

How Adherence to Guidelines Increases the Cost-Effectiveness of Supportive Care Interventions
The need to increase the cost-effectiveness of medical treatments is recognized around the globe. One way to increase cost-effectiveness of medical treatments is by following evidence-based guidelines that consider cost containment. This workshop is intended to provide evidence for the need to adhere to such guidelines, both to improve outcomes and to ensure that available resources are used in the most appropriate manner. It will include a review of current guidelines and possible negative consequences of non-adherence. The workshop will stress the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment and supportive care. 

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Antiemetics; Neutropenia, Infection, and Myelosuppression; Oral Care;  Psychosocial.
Workshop Chair: Bernardo Rapoport

Update on Venous Thromboembolism: Approach and Challenges
This workshop will bring together a multinational group of experts to review current evidence and needed knowledge in the area of cancer-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE). It will include discussions of the clinical challenges as well as promote the education of patients, providers, and family members. Highlights include VTE prevention in ambulatory cancer patients, management of long-term treatment, and new oral anticoagulants. The workshop will focus on best practices, as illustrated by case studies, and will include discussion and illustration of various approaches to educating and engaging patients in the treatment process. The workshop will also include a patient presenter, who will speak to the group about the challenges of VTE and quality of life.

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Education; Hemostasis.
Workshop Chairs: Carme Font, Carmen Escalante, Tom Butler, Paz Fernández-Ortega


Integration of Oncology and Palliative Care:  Why? What? Who? When? How?
This workshop will explore the integration of oncology and palliative care through the combination of complex case studies, panel discussion, and active audience participation. The presenters will review the conceptual models related to such integration and ways in which integration is implemented at academic cancer centers, as well as in community clinics. Topics will include the timing of referrals to palliative care specialists and ways to discuss referrals with patients and their families. The differences between referrals for pediatric and adult patients will also be considered. 

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Education, Palliative Care; Pediatrics.
Workshop Chair: David Hui

Communication Challenges in Geriatric Oncology: Perspectives of Patients, Family Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals
The purpose of this workshop is to foster interdisciplinary learning and skills practice in the area of communication and quality of life with a focus on older patients and family caregivers. The workshop format will include interactive and experiential learning exercises, such as role playing, video triggers to facilitate group discussion, and demonstration of communication skills by expert facilitators. Several case studies will be discussed. These will focus on communication and strategies for improving the patient experience throughout the cancer trajectory.

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Geriatrics; Psychosocial.
Workshop Chairs: Christopher Steer, Lidia Schiapira, Penny Schofield, Fran Boyle, Holly Holmes, Belinda Kiely


Circadian Rhythms and Chronobiology in Cancer: Relationship to Cancer-related Fatigue and Other Toxicities
One of the most difficult challenges faced by both clinicians and researchers is that of understanding the mechanisms involved in the etiology of toxicities related to cancer and its treatment. A primary example of such a toxicity is fatigue. However, the task is particularly challenging when severe toxicities coexist and treatment options are not well defined. The goal of this workshop is to educate clinicians and researchers about potential mechanisms of toxicity, especially those that can give rise to multiple adverse events. Circadian phenomena have strong and direct implications for fatigue, sleep problems, delirium, pain, and other toxicities. A better understanding of the relationships involved will help clinicians choose treatments and will help researchers develop new and maximally effective therapies.

This workshop will be offered jointly by the following MASCC Study Groups: Fatigue; Palliative Care; Rehabilitation, Survivorship, and Quality of Life.
Workshop Chairs: Oxana Palesh and Diwakar Balachandran