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Free Webinar Series on COVID-19 and Cancer
Apr 27, 2020
Two series, one for cancer care teams; one for caregivers, will explore share up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on cancer patients and other high-risk individuals

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is launching two series of COVID-19 and Cancer Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO)-model webinars. These online sessions will share up-to-date information with interdisciplinary cancer care teams and non-paid caregivers about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts cancer patients and other high-risk individuals and how to support cancer patients during the pandemic.

National experts from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Member Institutions and ACS will answer questions in a secure, online environment at no cost.. 

For Healthcare Workers (click to register)

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, MACP, FASCO, Professor of Medicine, Deputy Director for Clinical Services, Director, Center for Global Cancer Medicine, Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
F. Marc Stewart, MD, Medical Director and Senior Vice President, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Thomas K. Varghese Jr. MD, MS, FACS, Executive Medical Director and Chief Value Officer, Huntsman Cancer Institute – University of Utah
Laura Makaroff, DO, Senior Vice President, Prevention and Early Detection, American Cancer Society

Schedule & Topics:
Tuesday, April 28 from 12:00—1:00 PM ET
• What health care providers and cancer patients need to know about the coronavirus
• What system/institutional changes/adaptations have been beneficial
• Should people still get screened for cancer during this pandemic?
Thursday, April 30 from 12:00—1:00 PM ET
• How cancer patients can mitigate risk
• Potential modifications in treatment plans
• What is the reasonable timeframe to delay follow-up testing or treatment and how to guide patients?
Tuesday, May 5 from 12:00—1:00 PM ET
• Steps to take to reengage patients as the pandemic subsides

For Non-Paid Caregivers (click to register)

Allison J. Applebaum, PhD, Assistant Attending Psychologist, Director, Caregivers Clinic, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Rachel Cannady, Strategic Director, Cancer Caregiver Support, American Cancer Society
Theresa Franco, MSN, RN, Vice President, Cancer Center Clinical Operations, Radiology & Pharmacy, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
Dawn Wiatrek, PhD, Interim Senior Vice President, Patient and Caregiver Support, American Cancer Society

Schedule & Topics:
Wednesday, April 29 from 12:00—1:00 PM ET
• What cancer patients need to know about the coronavirus
• What caregivers can do to help if they do not live with that person and are social distancing
• What precautions should cancer patients take when continuing to receive treatment?
Wednesday, May 6 from 12:00—1:00 PM ET
• Lowering the risk of illness
• Why cancer patients are more likely to get infections
• Watching for and preventing infections in people with cancer
• Nurturing your emotional health
Wednesday, May 13 from 12:00—1:00 PM ET
• Frequently-asked questions from previous sessions