Essentials of Caring for and Communicating with the Older Cancer Patient

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Date & Location
Friday, October 27, 2017 7:00 AM - Saturday, October 28, 2017 4:00 PM   Rockefeller Research Laboratories 430 E 67th St, New York, NY

Target Audience
Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hematology & Oncology, Hospital Medicine, Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities, Integrative Medicine, Medical Oncology, Nurse Practitioner, Nursing, Palliative Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Physician Assistant, Psychiatry, Psychology, Pulmonary Medicine, Social Work, Surgical Oncology


This interprofessional two day course aims to educate professional stakeholders caring for older patients on the complexities of cognitive decline.

On Day 1, experts will discuss chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment, distress and its effects on cognition, delirium, dementia and depression. The course will also host a unique focus on communication of medical concerns with the older cancer patient (including caregivers and family members), evaluation of decision making capacity as well as how to work with an interpreter with patients who suffer from dementia and have a language barrier.

Day 2 of this symposium will consist of communication skills training where participants will learn communication strategies for difficult encounters with older cancer patients and their caregivers. Experiential learning methodology will immerse participants in practicing newly taught skills in a simulated relevant clinical environment.


  1. Understand the potential effects of chemotherapy on cognition
  2. Provide an overview on dementia, delirium, depression: its detection and care
  3. Recognize the impact of pre-existing cognitive impairment in the care of older cancer patients
  4. Discuss the role of distress on quality fo life of older cancer patients
  5. Define decision-making capacity and explain its legal implications
  6. Develop skills to recognize ageism and appreciate how ageism might interfere with the medical care of older adults wtih cancer
  7. Become familiar with the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in the evaluation of elderly cancer patients with cognitive chagnes or at -risk for cognitive decline
  8. Appreciate decision-making challenges and be able to asses decision making capacity in older adults with cancer and cognitive syndromes
  9. Understand the principles of shared decision making
  10. Observe and practice the skills for successfully facilitating shared decision-making with an elderlyl cancer patient via a family meeting


Day 1 Fees
Physicians (MDs & DOs) $300     
PhDs, Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) Nurses & Other Healthcare Providers     $250
Fellows, Residents & Other Trainees
Industry Members*

Day 2 Fees   
Geriatric Communication Skills Training    
Workshop Add-on Fee             

*Industry Members - Registration is for educational purposes only. Marketing, sales, and promotion of products and services are prohibited at CME activities.

Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks. Please contact us at least one week prior to the course if you have any special dietary needs.

  • Discounted Rate for Alzheimer’s Association Members Please contact for a promo code or more information.
  • 30% Discounted Rate for MSK Alumni and MSK Alliance Members - MSK offers a discounted rate to all MSK Alumni and MSK Alliance members to attend a CME course. Please contact for more information or to register.
  • MSK Staff Registration - Registration is complimentary for MSK staff. However, you must complete course registration to attend this course. 

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your participation in this course, your registration fee, less a $75 administrative fee, will be refunded when email notification is received by the MSK Office of Continuing Medical Education (MSK CME) at least 7 days prior to the first day of the course (

Cancellations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund. MSK CME reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event we must cancel or postpone this course, we will refund the registration fee in full, but are not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees incurred by airline/travel/lodging agencies. At any time, you may substitute another registrant in your place after contacting MSK CME with the relevant information.


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Work Accreditation Statement

This presentation is approved for a maximum of 13 Continuing Education Contact Hours of Live Training. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0228.

ABIM MOC Recognition Statement

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.25 Medical Knowledge, Practice Assessment, and Patient Safety MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.