The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is organizing a series of one-day regional conferences, focused on palliative care and side effects of the therapies administrated to cancer patients, in Houston, Columbus, and Phoenix between September and November of this year. Specially directed to care givers, the Emerging Trends in Palliative Care conference will include a panel of renowned experts from ONS.
During the conference, participants will look into the intersection between palliative care and the key side effects of cancer treatment, such as pain, anxiety and depression, nausea and vomiting, and dyspnea. “Oncology nursing leaders will teach you how to apply palliative care principles across multiple symptom management areas. Through eight core sessions, you’ll learn how palliative care begins at diagnosis and continues throughout the course of the disease,” according to the website.
Following the opening session on the current state of palliative care within oncology, Jeannine Brant, an oncology clinical nurse specialist, pain consultant, and nurse scientist at the Billings Clinic in Montana, will address the theme of pain. Nausea and Vomiting will be discussed by Patricia Jakel, an advanced practice nurse, at the UCLA Santa Monica Solid Oncology Program, and lectures on both dyspnea and anxiety and depression will be led by Debra Heidrich, a palliative care clinical nurse specialist and consultant.
After hearing about the management of pain, nausea, vomiting, dyspnea, anxiety and depression, both participants and experts will put the lectures into practice with a joint and interactive case study simulation, in which attendees will be invited to treat the symptoms of a fictional patient. “Breaking the barrier on physical activity and fatigue” and “Nutrition in patients with cancer: it does make a difference” are two other lectures planned for the day.
The event will take place in Houston, Texas on September 27th. The event will be held in Columbus, Ohio on October 17th, and the event in Phoenix, Arizona will be held on November, 15th. To participate in the conference, an early registration is required, which can be completed on the website of the event here.
The ONS was created in 1975 and currently has more than 35,000 members aimed to improve oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. The professional organization develops evidence-based education programs, as well as treatment information, in order to improve patients’ quality of life and treatment effects. In collaboration with the cancer community, the ONS also seeks to reduce the risks, incidence, and burden of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyles, early detection, and the management of both symptoms and side effects of the disease.