Cancer Education Lectures and Seminars
Since 2003, Cancer Pathways has offered cancer education lectures, at no cost to participants, around the Puget Sound. The topics are cancer-related and have included lectures on specific cancer diagnoses, psycho-social and emotional issues, family-related concerns, integrative medicine, cancer prevention, death and dying, and some of the practical aspects having to do with cancer such as finances, wills, and resources. Our goal is to provide information that empowers people to make informed decisions that directly affect the quality of their lives.
Cancer and Finances
Thursday, April 26th. 7:00-8:30pm
Approximately one-third of cancer survivors experience financial hardship as a result of their diagnosis and/or treatment. This evening you have the opportunity to learn about the impact of this issue known as “financial toxicity” and the resources that exist for reducing the financial burden of cancer.
Our speaker, Veena Shankaran, MD, MS, graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. She was drawn to the field of medicine through personal experience and a deep appreciation for science and the human spirit. She treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers and is part of the Esophageal Cancer Specialty Clinic at Fred Hutch, a clinic designed to bring providers together to create and deliver a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to each individual patient. She works with Scott Ramsey, MD, PhD, an expert in the cost effectiveness of health care and health-related quality of life, as a faculty member of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR).
Understanding a Treatment Option for Women with HR+/HER2- Metastatic Breast Cancer
Tuesday, May 1st. 6:00pm
Dinner and presentation to follow
Learn more about a certain type of MBC and an FDA-approved treatment from Debra Morris, ARNP. Hear Kaye M., Patient Ambassador, share her story about living with MBC. Call 1-844-390-8704 to RSVP. Sponsored by Pfizer Inc.
Palliative Care: Everything You Wanted to Know (but were afraid to ask)
Thursday, May 10th. 7:00-8:30pm
What is palliative care?
How can I improve my quality of life?
How can it help me manage and improve my side effects from cancer treatment?
What can palliative care do for me?
How do I get palliative care?
Our speaker will address these questions and more. Jodie David, RN, CHPN, OCN, is a nurse in the Supportive and Palliative Care service and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Originally interested in scientific inquiry, she spent the first half of her career working in biomedical research, but felt that there was a piece missing. Jodie felt called to help people live their lives as fully as possible and a meeting with a palliative care physician helped define the desire to practice in palliative care. In addition to clinic work, Jodie remains interested in research in palliative care and passionate about teaching nurses how to communicate compassionately and effectively with patients.
Update from ASCO: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Thursday, June 14th. 7:00-8:30pm
Julie Gralow, MD, returns from the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to share a synopsis - for patients and caregivers - of up-to-the-minute research findings in breast cancer research, prevention, detection and treatment.
Dr. Gralow is the Director of Breast Medical Oncology at the UW/SCCA and Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. Gralow serves as Associate Program head for the UW/FHCRC Consortium Breast Cancer Program. She is co-author of the book Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer and is Medical Director, Team Physician, and co-founder of Team Survivor Northwest, an exercise and fitness program for women cancer survivors.
Innovations in Prostate Cancer Therapy
Thursday, September 27th. 7:00-8:30pm
John Corman, MD, will review and discuss innovations in prostate cancer treatment and their potential impact on the growth and treatment of prostate cancer. He will also be available to answer questions regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and management of prostate cancer.
John Corman, MD, is the Medical Director of the Virginia Mason Medical Center Cancer Institute. He received his MD from the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Corman's expertise lies in Clinical Research, Surgery, Urology, Kidney and Prostate cancers including robotic prostatectomy, nerve-sparing techniques, and interstitial seed implantation. He is Certified by the American Board of Urology. Dr. Corman has been voted one of Seattle's Top Doctors by both the Seattle Met and Seattle magazines.