• Dana-Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology

    Challenging Discussions and Decisions in Cancer Care

    A free educational event for providers

    Thursday, April 17, 2014
    5:30 – 7:35 p.m.
    Dana-Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology
    40 Buttrick Road, Londonderry, NH

    Please join us for an important discussion about managing end-of-life conversations and decision-making with cancer patients and their families. This program has been developed for primary care physicians, oncologists, palliative care providers, nurse practitioners, and other interested clinicians. Members of Dana-Farber's palliative care team will present approaches that will help providers to:

    • Discuss the role of family and its impact on patient decision-making
    • Describe effective interventions to enhance the relationship between patients, physicians, and staff
    • Incorporate the "D" word in advance care plan discussions with patients
    • Discuss how to address patient requests for hastened death
    • Apply practical tools to identify causes of challenging patient behaviors that may indicate for referral to a social worker or psychiatrist
    • Describe the burden/benefit of artificial hydration and nutrition in patients with advanced disease

    This course is offered by Dana-Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology and Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center.


    This course is free for interested providers. Space is limited.

    To register, contact Carla LaPorte at 603-552-9125 or carla_laporte@dfci.harvard.edu by April 10.


    5:30 p.m.

    Dinner and Networking

    6:00 p.m.

    Frederick M. Briccetti, MD

    6:05 p.m.

    Communication Challenges in End-of-Life Care in Cancer Patients
    Janet L. Abrahm, MD

    6:50 p.m.

    "Difficult" Patients and Families
    Arden O'Donnell, MPH, MSW, LICSW


    Concluding Remarks
    Frederick M. Briccetti, MD


    Janet L. Abrahm, MD
    Palliative Care Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Frederick M. Briccetti, MD
    Dana-Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology
    Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Arden O'Donnell, MPH, MSW, LICSW
    Licensed Social Worker, Division of Adult Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


    The Southern NH Area Health Education Center, accredited by the NH Medical Society, designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    The Southern NH Area Health Education Center is approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the New Hampshire Nurses’ Association Commission on Continuing Education which is accredited as an approver of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    This continuing education activity has been approved for 1.5 contact hours. SNHAHEC Activity Number: 1102.

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