Wilmot Cancer Institute Survivorship Symposium

Program Overview

The Judy DiMarzo Cancer Survivorship Program was developed over a year ago to meet the needs of our cancer patients post treatment at the Wilmot Cancer Institute. The goal of our survivorship symposium is to educate oncologists and other providers locally and throughout Upstate New York on how to develop a survivorship program that meets the requirements of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, as well as the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine, to manage the complex needs of cancer survivors.                               

By 2015, the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer will require cancer programs to address the needs of cancer survivors in a formalized manner. The Wilmot Cancer Institute is providing a day-long symposium on developing cancer survivorship services to help oncology practices outside of our Institute meet these requirements. Our keynote speakers are internationally known experts in Survivorship and will discuss the importance of survivorship care and why it has become so essential for all patients. They will share their experiences regarding their own programs, national efforts in this area, and what advice they have for centers starting a new program. Other topics will include developing treatment summaries and evidence-based care plans that are disease specific, assessing the efficacy of a survivorship program, addressing survivors’ needs and concerns and navigating them through available resources, as well as survivorship in vulnerable populations.             

The target audience is medical, pediatric, radiation, and surgical oncologists, as well as urologists, ENTs, dermatologists, and other providers who provide care and treatment to cancer patients. The program will also be appropriate for registered nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and social workers.                                                                                       

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of a survivorship program

  • Discuss what a treatment summary involves and who should receive these

  • Critique your practices’ current survivorship recommendations to determine if these are evidence-based

  • Describe 3 vulnerable populations and strategies to improve cancer care and follow up for each

  • List 3 common concerns patients have post cancer treatment and what resources are available for these concerns

  • Explain a perspective of the side effects of cancer treatment on patients

  • Explain a perspective of the role that private and referring physicians and other health care professions can play in fostering a healthy lifestyle for cancer survivors.

  • Explain a perspective of the various survivorship care models that are used by health care providers to color cancer survivors, namely the model that the Wilmot Cancer Institute uses


Conference Details

  • When

  • Saturday, November 8, 2014
    7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
    Eastern Time Zone

  • Where

  • Casa Larga
    2287 Turk Hill Rd.
    Fairport, New York 14450
    (585) 223-4210

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