BOX 5-3
Continuing Medical Education: Examples from Recent Professional Meetings

American Society of Clinical Oncology (2005 Annual Meeting)

  • Cancer Survivorship: Long-Term Complications of Treatment

  • Breast Cancer Survivorship: Long-Term Issues in Women with Breast Cancer

  • Supportive Oncology: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • Assessing and Teaching Humanistic and Spiritual Aspects of Cancer Care

Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (2005 Annual Meeting)

  • Advances in Reproductive Health: Cancer and Conception

  • Barriers to Sexual Health After Cancer: What Can Be Done?

  • Ovarian Cancer Survivor’s Course (for survivors and nurses)

The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (2004 meeting) raised awareness of cancer survivorship by creating a “Survivor Circle” exhibit in partnership with the Atlanta chapter of the American Cancer Society. Information on ACS support programs was featured (US Newswire, 2004).


American Association for Cancer Education (2004 Meetings)

  • Integration of Cancer Survivorship Coursework into First Year Medical School Curriculum

  • Quality of Life: Native American Cancer Education for Survivors

  • Exploring the Needs of Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers Through a Training Workshop

  • Does Diet Modification Have Potential to Reduce Cancer Suffering and Extend Life?

  • Partners in Survival National Training Program: Training Minority Men to be Effective Caregivers for Women with Cancer

SOURCES: ASCO (2005c); SGO (2005); Journal of Cancer Education (2004).

In some cases, professional societies have, or are planning, continuing medical education opportunities for their specialty group.


Medical oncology To help oncologists better address the needs of cancer survivors, ASCO has formed a Survivorship Task Force to develop, implement, and manage ASCO survivorship programs related to physician education, survivorship guidelines, patient education, and research (ASCO, 2004). There are plans for the issuance of clinical practice guidelines on issues such as late effects and the development of a central online information resource on late and long-term effects of cancer and its treatment. At



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