In the course of this ASTRO Annual Refresher session on palliative radiation/palliative care, we will review management approaches of palliative radiation and basic palliative care in a case-based format. Specifically, we will review emerging data on management of spinal cord compression, basic principles of pain management, and a framework-based approach to handling conversations about serious illness. Audience members will have an opportunity to engage with one another in thinking through questions regarding management of pain and challenging patient-provider communication scenarios posed by the speaker throughout the talk.
The activity is designed to meet the interests of practicing radiation oncologists, radiation oncology residents, medical and clinical physicists, nurses and all other health professionals involved in the field of radiation oncology.
Upon completion of this live activity, attendees should be able to do the following:
1. Identify cases in which single-fraction radiation treatment for spinal cord compression is appropriate and implement accordingly.
2. Determine appropriate step-wise progression for optimal medication management of pain.
3. Execute conversations around disclosing bad news, prognosis, goals of care, etc., utilizing serious illness communication skill frameworks.
Kavita Dharmarajan, MD, MS, is employed by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and has no other disclosures to declare.
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education to physicians.
ASTRO is awarded Deemed Status by the American Board of Radiology to provide SA-CME as part of Part II Maintenance of Certification.
- 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education for physicians. ASTRO designates this for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 0.50 Certificate of AttendanceThis activity was designated for 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.