WFSM Session Explores Difficult Talks about Cancer in Children

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Swallow hard. Take a deep breath. Those might be natural starting places for healthcare workers bearing the responsibility of talking with children and their families about cancer and mortality.

But there’s a lot more to it, if it’s to be done sensitively and ethically.

Wake Forest School of Medicine continues its Exploring Ethics 2018-2019 series “Taboo Topics: Evidence-based Strategies for Navigating Tough Conversations in Pediatric Oncology Care” this Thursday, April 4, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Winston-Salem. 

The program is recommended for physicians, nurses, clergy, social workers, mental health workers, and any other interested healthcare professional.

Explaining to pediatric patients and their families about cancer and its corresponding life impact can be emotionally difficult. Topics such as religion, death, disclosure, and culture are also difficult to talk about. This program is designed to explore strategies for communicating these topics through evidence-based practice guidelines.

About the Speaker

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Abby Rosenberg

The speaker for this event will be Abby Rosenberg, M.D., MS, MA.  Rosenberg received her medical degree from Stanford University and did her pediatrics residency and fellowship training at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington. She is now an assistant professor of pediatrics at UW.

She is director of the palliative care and resilience research center at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, and director of pediatrics at UW’s Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence.

The program is to be held in conference room 1A-B on the first floor of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Participants are invited to bring their own lunches.

Wyatt Corbett, NCBiotech Writer
Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:26