The 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium will provide information that is vital to the entire cancer care continuum, from laboratory research regarding biologic mechanisms of symptoms to caring for patients’ psychosocial and spiritual needs during cancer treatment and at end of life. Abstracts will be discussed in the General Sessions, as well as in dedicated Oral Abstract Sessions, providing ample context around the scientific data—the whole-patient perspective.

7:00 AM – 6:15 PM Exhibits Open
7:00 AM – 7:45 AM Complimentary Continental Breakfast
7:45 AM – 9:30 AM

Welcome and General Session 1: Challenges of Immunotherapeutics

Joshua A. Jones, MD – Co-Chair
University of Pennsylvania

Susan Urba, MD – Co-Chair
University of Michigan Cancer Center

David R. Spigel, MD
Sarah Cannon Research Institute
Immunotherapeutics: Changes in the Landscape of Advanced Cancer Care​

Lynn M. Schuchter, MD, FASCO
University of Pennsylvania
Managing Common Dose-Limiting Toxicities

Jennifer S. Temel, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
The Changing Conversation Around Prognostication

Abstract 2: A cluster randomized trial of a patient-centered communication intervention in advanced cancer: The Values and Options in Cancer Care (VOICE) study.
First author: Joshua Fenton

Panel Question and Answer

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Oral Abstract Session A


Charles Loprinzi, MD – Co-Chair
Mayo Clinic

Thomas Smith, MD, FACP, FASCO, FAAHPM – Co-Chair
Johns Hopkins University


Abstract 234: Effect of early integrated palliative care on family caregivers (FC) outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal and lung cancer.

First author: Areej El-Jawahri


Abstract 3: End-of-life discussions with advanced cancer patients and their effects on bereaved families’ mental health.

First author: Takashi Yamaguchi


Marie Bakitas, DNSc
The University of Alabama at Birmingham


Abstract 4: Cancer versus non-cancer caregivers: An analysis of communication needs from the 2015 Caregivers in the U.S. study.

First author: Erin Kent


Abstract 104: Randomized trial of early integrated palliative and oncology care.

First author: Joseph Greer


Matthew J. Loscalzo, MSW
City of Hope


Panel Question and Answer

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Poster Session A, with Complimentary Boxed Lunch
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM

Trainee and Early-Career Networking Luncheon
For more information, visit Networking Opportunities

Faculty Participants:
Charles L. Lopriniz, MD, FASCO, Mayo Clinic, Rochester – Chair
Eduardo Bruera, MD, FAAHPM, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN, FAAN, Billings Clinic
Alysa Fairchild, MD, Cross Cancer Institute
Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM, University of California, San Francisco
Declan Walsh, MD, Trinity College Dublin

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM General Session 2: The Caregiver in Palliative Care

Gary Rodin, MD – Co-Chair
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Thomas J. Smith, MD, FACP, FASCO, FAAHPM – Co-Chair
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Laurel Northouse PhD, RN, FAAN
University of Michigan
State of the Science: Caregiving

J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Expanding Endpoints to Include Caregivers (The Project Enable III Example)

Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Challenges for Caregivers of Adolescents and Young Adults

Panel Question and Answer
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Keynote Lecture

Daniel Hinshaw, MD
University of Michigan

Margaret Edson
Author of Wit, Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Wit, Hex, Vin, Life, Death: Using Wit as a Teaching Tool

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

With book signing by Margaret Edson, author of Wit, Pulitzer Prize for Drama

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM

General Session 3: Beyond the Basics: Symptoms Assessment and Management

Eric Roeland, MD – Co-Chair
University of California, San Diego

Declan Walsh, MD – Co-Chair
Trinity College Dublin

Stephen T. Sonis, DMD, DMSc
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Management of Radiotherapy-Induced Oral Complications

Scott Irwin, MD, PhD, FAPM, FAPA
Cedars–Sinai Medical Center

Ethan M. Basch, MD, MSc
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Novel Techniques for Measuring and Assessing Symptoms


Abstract 189: Prevention of everolimus/exemestane (EVE/EXE) stomatitis in postmenopausal (PM) women with hormone receptor-positive (HR+) metastatic breast cancer (MBC) using a dexamethasone-based mouthwash (MW): Results of the SWISH trial.

First author: Hope Rugo

Panel Question and Answer

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Death Cafe
For more information, visit Networking Opportunities

Daniel Hinshaw, MD, University of Michigan – Co-Chair
Timothy J. Moynihan, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester – Co-Chair

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Breakout Session: Use of Novel Technology in Palliative and Supportive Care

Jennifer S. Temel, MD – Chair
Massachusetts General Hospital

Rebecca Sudore, MD
University of California, San Francisco
Website for Advance Care Planning​

Joseph A. Greer, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Apps for Anxiety and Adherence to Oral Chemotherapy

Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAAHPM
University of California, San Francisco
App to Assess Function and Cognition

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Poster Session A, Continued
With Complimentary Wine and Cheese Reception

5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Poster Walks
For more information, visit Networking Opportunities


Alysa Fairchild, MD
Cross Cancer Institute 
Poster Walk Leader


Susan Urba, MD
University of Michigan Cancer Center
Poster Walk Leader


6:20 PM – 7:20 PM

NCI Listens: Identifying Research Gaps in Palliative Care

Hosted by: Diane C. St. Germain, MS, RN and Erin Kent, PhD, MS of the National Cancer Institute

Learn more about the session in this ASCO Connection blog post or visit Networking Opportunities.