All workshops will take place on ​Thursday, June 28, 2018, 
from 08:00 to 11:15 AM.

Workshop 1: Mucositis Study Design: What Do We Need to Know?

The overall goal of this workshop, presented by the Mucositis Study Group, is to bring together basic, translational, and clinical researchers in an informal setting to advance the understanding of mucositis mechanisms and management. This year's program will have a strong focus on designing mucositis studies. Led by Sharon Elad, the workshop has the following objectives:

  • To present the latest state of the science in mucositis research;
  • To facilitate exchange of knowledge between experts and young researchers from all over the world;
  • To provide an opportunity for young investigators to present their work to an expert audience for specialized feedback and research advice;
  • To provide an opportunity for face-to-face discussions regarding collaborative research and development of international research networks;
  • To develop links with multidisciplinary teams to pursue new research and funding opportunities.

If you are interested in presenting your research at this workshop, please indicate this during abstract submission by ticking a special box. The abstracts submitted are peer-reviewed and the top abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation. 

Workshop 2: Update and New Developments in the Supportive Care for Chemotherapy Induced Alopecia

Over the past two years, new data has emerged concerning the use of scalp-cooling devices to prevent chemotherapy-induced alopecia. The purpose of this workshop is to give an update on new developments and provide recommendations on the supportive care management of chemotherapy-induced alopecia. The workshop is presented by the Skin Toxicities Study Group and will be led by Jennifer Choi and Mario Lacouture.

Workshop 3: What Does the Future Hold? Prognostication in Advanced Cancer and Clinical Decision Making

Patients with advanced cancer often want to know how long they will live and what they can expect at the end of life. Indeed, the ability to estimate prognosis accurately and communicate this information sensitively is one of the most important clinical skills. This comprehensive workshop will provide an up-to-date overview of the latest literature and advances in the science and art of prognostication. It will include discussion of survival prediction for both adults and children, a review of established and novel prognostic factors, and presentation of the latest prognostic models and websites. It will also address prediction of survival and other outcomes and a summary of communication techniques and tools. The panel of experts in prognostication will also discuss prognostication research methods and make predictions on where this field is going. The workshop represents a collaboration between the Education, Palliative Care, Nutrition & Cachexia, and Pediatrics Study Groups and will be led by David Hui, Marianne van de Wetering, Paz Fernández-Ortega, and Egidio Del Fabbro.

Workshop 4: Update and New Developments in the Supportive Care for Patients Undergoing Immunotherapy

This workshop will focus on the very topical issues of advances in the field of immuno-oncology and the management of related side effects. Over the past two years, new data has emerged concerning the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors in combination with chemotherapy, other checkpoint inhibitors, immune-modulatory molecules, and oncolytic viruses. The purpose of this workshop is to give an update on new developments and provide recommendations on the supportive care management of patients with immunotherapy-related adverse events. The workshop is presented jointly by the Neutropenia, Infection and Myelosuppression Study Group and the Skin Toxicities Study Group, and will be led by Jean Klastersky, Mario Lacouture, Jennifer Choi, and Bernardo Rapoport.

Workshop 5: "Challenging" Communications in Oncology

Communication is fundamental to the practice of oncology, but can often be challenging for healthcare professionals — as well as for patients and their carers. The aim of this workshop is to emphasize the positive effects of "good" communication, to highlight the negative effects of "poor" communication, and to provide the attendees with advice and guidance for undertaking difficult conversations. The mixed format will include lectures, panel discussions, and (voluntary) audience participation. The workshop, which represents a collaboration between the Psychosocial Study Group and the Palliative Care Study Group, will be led by Andrew Davies, Lidia Schapira, Penny Schofield, and Greg Crawford. 

Please note that attendance ​to the workshops requires full registration for the Annual Meeting. Workshops require extra payment of 50​ EUR per person per workshop. 

Please reserve your space during the online registration process. You can register for the Annual Meeting and workshops here.


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