2018 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium


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Program Content/Format

The 2018 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium is a two-and-a-half-day meeting featuring interactive and case-based educational sessions that cover new multidisciplinary therapies, immunotherapy, treatment guidelines, new staging systems and supportive care in head and neck cancer. A major focus is placed on the multidisciplinary nature of disease management and the incorporation of all treatment modalities to achieve best outcomes. Oral abstract and poster sessions will highlight cutting-edge science and evidence-based practice. Attendees will be able to examine multidisciplinary approaches for treating head and neck cancer, as well as novel therapies that show promise in improving outcomes.

Statement of Need

The management of head and neck cancer is rapidly evolving with newer modality of treatment available to patients. This includes minimally invasive surgery, newer radiation targeting techniques and immunotherapy. These advances are having a direct impact on patients already and a review of the appropriate use and sequence of these modalities is needed in order to achieve the best patient outcome. 

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this live activity, attendees should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of multidisciplinary care in head and neck cancer and how to best apply it for optimal outcomes.
  • Describe key advances in immunotherapy in head and neck cancer.
  • Discuss recent advances in minimally invasive surgery in head and neck cancer and when to apply it in treating early and locally advanced disease.
  • Describe key advances in radiation therapy targeting and differences between various modalities.
  • Explain the recent changes in the staging system for head and neck cancer.
  • Discuss complex cases in head and neck cancer and how to best utilize current knowledge for decision-making.
  • Manage toxicities related to the management of head and neck cancer.
  • Summarize key recent advances in the understanding of the biology of head and neck cancer.  

Elements of Competence

This educational forum has been designed to narrow the competency gaps of:

  • Patient Care.
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  • Interpersonal Skills and Communication
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based Practice
  • Patient-centered Care
  • Work in Interdisciplinary Teams
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Quality Improvement
  • Professional Standing
  • Commitment to Lifelong Learning
  • Cognitive Expertise
  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  • Roles/Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams and Teamwork

These are 17 of the of the 19 core competencies embraced by the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Institute of Medicine, the American Board of Radiology and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Target Audience

This live activity is designed for medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, head and neck surgeons, physicists, nurses, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, radiation therapists, radiation dosimetrists, speech language scientists/pathologists, dentists, oral surgeons, swallowing and speech therapists, audiologists, physical therapists, physician scientists and rehabilitation specialists.