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St. Joseph's Hospital will serve as one of the host sites for the 17th Annual Hospice Foundation of America Living With Grief Teleconference "Cancer and End-of-Life Care"


St. Joseph's Hospital will serve as one of the host sites for the 17th Annual Hospice Foundation of America Living With Grief Teleconference Live-Via Satellite Educational Program. The session will take place on Wednesday, March 24 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. in the Hospital's Cusick Meeting Room.

Since its inception, hospice has provided highly valued and needed care for many patients and families facing terminal cancer. Malignant cancer remains the primary reason for hospice admission, accounting for 41.3 percent of all U.S. hospice patients in 2007. But as death rates from cancer decline, as new treatments emerge, and as the language around the imperative to "win the battle" over cancer becomes louder, how is the relationship between cancer and hospice changing?

The 2010 teleconference, focusing on Cancer and End-of-Life Care, will address care options as well as loss and grief reactions for patients, families and professional caregivers. The teleconference will also address psychosocial aspects of cancer, communication with patients, pain management, and ethical issues related to the disease. The program will include discussions of: The Transition to Palliative Care; Care of Dying Persons dealing with Cancer; Professional, Volunteer and Caregiver Needs; and the Aftermath of Cancer Death. The program will be moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, and will feature this expert panel:
 Yvette Colón, PhD, MSW, Director of Education and Support, American Pain Foundation;
 Malene Smith Davis, CHPN, MBA, President and CEO, Capital Hospice;
 Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, College of New Rochelle and Senior Consultant, HFA;
 Richard Payne, MD, Director, Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life;
 Sherry Schachter, PhD, FT, Director of Bereavement Services Calvary Hospital/Hospice;
 Brad Stuart, MD, Senior Medical Director, Sutter VNA & Hospice.

This program is offered to the general public free of charge. To make a reservation or for more information on the teleconference, please contact Teresa Fletcher at 607-737-7810 or e-mail: tfletcher@stjosephs.org.


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