2020 Cancer Care Symposium


2020: Year of the Nurse – The Importance of Self-care for Health Care Providers

Dr. Tarane Sondoozi discusses the emotional toll caring for patients can take on one’s health and provides strategies to avoid burnout and combat compassion fatigue.
Tarane Sondoozi, PsyD, CEAP, ACC

Tarane Sondoozi, PsyD, CEAP, ACC

General Manager, Member Engagement & Education
California Schools VEBA
San Diego, California

COVID-19: From Clinical Operations to the Corporate Command Center - Firsthand Experiences and Lessons Learned

Jessie Guercio describes her experience as a volunteer frontline caregiver at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City this past year, and Dr. Craig Uejo discusses Scripps Health’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic from a corporate standpoint.
Jessie Guercio, FNP-C, MSN

Jessie Guercio, FNP-C, MSN

Family Nurse Practitioner Avenue
360 Health and Wellness
Houston, Texas
Craig Uejo, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Craig Uejo, MD, MPH, FACOEM

Medical Director, Occupational Health and Wellness
Scripps Health
San Diego, California

CAR-T Cell Therapy: An Overview and Update on Next Generation CAR and T Cell Therapies

Dr. William Wierda discusses the rapidly expanding role cell therapy is playing in cancer treatment while delving into clinical efficacy, cost effectiveness, and potential future growth.
William Wierda, MD, PhD

William Wierda, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine Department of Leukemia
The University of Texas
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Geriatric Oncology

Carolina Uranga provides an overview of geriatric oncology and offers assessment tools for providers to use to improve care of older adults with cancer.
Carolina Uranga, MSN, AGCNS-BC, RN-BC, OCN, WCC

Carolina Uranga, MSN, AGCNS-BC, RN-BC, OCN, WCC

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
Geriatric Oncology
City of Hope National Medical Center
Duarte, California

End of Life Care Planning

Betty Ferrell discusses the importance of advanced care planning discussions with patients and their families while offering various models and tools to aid providers with these often difficult conversations.
Betty Ferrell, PhD, FAAN, FPCN

Betty Ferrell, PhD, FAAN, FPCN

Professor and Director of Nursing Research
City of Hope National Medical Center
Duarte, California

Improving Interprofessional Communication Skills: Dealing with Angry Patients

Virtud Oloan discusses the importance of effective communication with oncology patients and strategies to mitigate patient anger and denial surrounding these often challenging conversations.
Virtud Oloan, PhD, PMHN-RN-BC

Virtud Oloan, PhD, PMHN-RN-BC

Advanced Practice Nurse
Behavioral Health
Scripps Mercy Hospital
San Diego, California

Onco-Fertility

Deborah Holman discusses fertility preservation guidelines, potential risks and barriers to fertility preservation, and the role of the oncology nurse in discussing fertility with male and female cancer patients.
Deborah Holman, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC

Deborah Holman, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC

Advanced Practice Nurse – Oncofertility
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

COVID-19 and The Oncology Patient

Dr. James Mason provides a brief history on coronaviruses, what makes the current COVID-19 virus different and its impact on cancer patients, while discussing current known treatment options.
James Mason, MD

James Mason, MD

Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program
Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center
San Diego, California

Pharmacology Update

Rina Patrawala discusses newly FDA approved indications for existing hematology/oncology medications, and Jane Rogers discusses newly FDA approved indications for existing hematology/oncology medications as well as newly approved treatment ...
Rina Patrawala, PharmD, BCOP

Rina Patrawala, PharmD, BCOP

Supervisor Clinical Oncology Pharmacy Services
Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center
San Diego, California
Jane Rogers, PharmD, BCOP

Jane Rogers, PharmD, BCOP

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
GI Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Ethical Considerations in Oncology Practice: The Role of Nurses and Advanced Practice Providers

Joyce Neumann discusses ethical challenges nurses face in oncology care and uses case studies as examples of how to apply ethical decision making when faced with complex cases.
Joyce Neumann, PhD, APRN, AOCN, BMTCN

Joyce Neumann, PhD, APRN, AOCN, BMTCN

Program Director, Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (SCTCT) SCTCT APRN Manager
Adjuvant Ethicist, Section of Integrated Ethics
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Opioid Usage and Pain Management

Maria Dailey-Campbell reviews pain classifications including chronic pain, consequences of under treating pain, and the importance of prescribing appropriate analgesics based on the type of pain patients are dealing with.
Maria Dailey-Campbell, DNP

Maria Dailey-Campbell, DNP

Nurse Practitioner, Palliative Care
Scripps Health
San Diego, California

Cancer Survivorship

Dr. Ann Partridge discusses the four major areas of cancer survivorship and the role of the oncology health care practitioner in optimizing cancer survivorship care.
Ann Partridge, MD, MPH

Ann Partridge, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Active Medical Staff, Medical Oncology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

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Course Overview

The Scripps MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Cancer Care Symposium is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, and other health care professionals dedicated to the field of hematology/oncology who practice in settings across the continuum of care. During this two-day conference, attendees will benefit from an intimate learning environment in which renowned faculty will present the latest in evidence-based oncology care. Participants will return to practice armed with practical strategies and tools to assist in improving quality of life and outcomes for their cancer patients as well as patients’ family members. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact and network with like-minded colleagues while earning CE credits!

Educational Objectives

  • Evaluate current issues and trends in cancer care.
  • Discuss new therapeutic options for the treatment of a number of common malignancies.
  • Identify strategies to integrate evidence-based cancer care into your practice.
  • Describe evidence-based standards of care including innovations in diagnosis and treatment.
  • Establish networking relationships with clinical colleagues on contemporary nursing and advanced practice provider solutions.

Target Audience

  • Oncology Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Experienced Hematology & Oncology Health Care Professionals

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