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Oncologist in my Pocket: What the Palliative Clinician Needs to Know about Hematology/Oncology and Radiation Oncology

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This program is designed to provide training for clinicians to provide upstream palliative care to patients with advanced cancer.

Overall Objectives

Describe how the changing landscape of hematology, medical oncology and radiation oncology influences palliative care in patients with advanced cancer.

Describe the role of the palliative care clinician and delivery models of integrated palliative oncology care.


Joshua Jones, MD, MA, FAAHPM
Assistant Clinical Professor, Radiation Oncology
University of Pennsylvania Health System
Radiation Oncology Department
Penn Radiation Oncology

Thomas LeBlanc, MD, MA, MHS
Associate Professor, Medicine
Director, Cancer Patient Experience Research Program
Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapy Division
Duke Cancer Institute
Duke University School of Medicine

Kristina Newport, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Chief, Palliative Care
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health

Kathy J. Selvaggi, MD, MS, FAAHPM
Director, Palliative Care
Butler Health System
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine
Palliative Care Division
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Health

Shanthi Sivendran, MD, MSCR
Chief, Hematology/Oncology Division
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Agenda and Objectives


  • 7:45 a.m. | Sign-in
  • 7:55 a.m. | Welcome
    Kristina Newport, MD
  • 8 a.m. | Why do you need an oncologist in your pocket?
    Kristina Newport, MD

    • Explain the need for increased knowledge of topics in hematology/oncology.
    • Describe results of influential trials in palliative oncology.
  • 8:20 a.m. | Getting in the brain of the medical oncologist
    Shanthi Sivendran, MD, MSCR

    • Define and describe the language and assessment tools utilized by hematologist/oncologists.
    • Identify prognostic challenges related to existing and emerging therapies.
    • Explain principles of systemic treatment in advanced cancer.
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break
  • 10:30 a.m. | Breakout discussion rooms/office hours: “Let’s talk about your challenges”
    See potential topics and objectives below.
  • 11:15 a.m. | What is the deal with palliative radiation?
    Joshua Jones, MD, MA, FAAHPM

    • Define the role and types of radiation treatment in cancer care.
  • Noon | What’s different about blood cancers?
    Thomas LeBlanc, MD, MA, MHS

    • Identify and describe unique characteristics and palliative needs of hematologic malignancies.
    • Identify relevant characteristics of clinical trials.
    • Describe basics of CAR-T cell therapy.
  • 1 p.m. | Break
  • 1:15 p.m. | Breakout discussion rooms/office hours: “Let’s talk about your challenges”
    See potential topics and objectives below.
  • 2 p.m. | Wrap-up
  • 2:15 p.m. | Adjournment
    Go out and do good work!

Breakout Discussion Rooms

  • | You’ve been invited to the table, now which fork do you use?
    • Develop approaches to navigate relationships with hematology/oncology, radiation oncology providers.
    • Describe models of integrating palliative care into hematology/oncology practice.
    • Explain the characteristics of a successful palliative partner.
  • | How do you determine what your community needs, and how do you deliver?
    • Identify elements of needs assessment.
    • Identify necessary components of outpatient palliative oncology clinics.



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