- Mar 27 2019
- 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cicely Saunders Institute Open Seminar Series: Doctors need to believe in miracles too: truth-telling about therapeutic aims of cancer treatments
Patients with advanced cancer need realistic discussions about treatment options and prognosis to enable wise decision-making. Talking honestly about such issues is never easy and many doc-tors admit they avoid such discussions. Barriers to open disclosure include not wanting to cause distress and uncertainty about the dis-ease trajectory. Even when broached, recent research shows communication is ambiguous, evasive and overly optimistic leaving patients confused about true therapeutic aims of further anti-cancer treatments and some dying in a place not of their choosing in receipt of futile therapies.
Dame Lesley Fallowfield is Professor of Psycho-oncology at Bright-on & Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex where she is Director of the Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C) group. Her research interests include the measurement of quality of life in clinical trials of cancer therapy and the training of communication skills for health care professionals in cancer. She has published over 400 papers, many book chapters and 3 text books. She lectures and runs training workshops throughout the world in psychosocial oncology, quality of life assessment and communication skills. In 2008 she was made a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and in 2016 a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
This event is FREE TO ATTEND – no need to register! CPD (1 credit) pending Royal College of Physicians