2019 Oncologic Emergency Medicine Conference

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Add to Calendar

Additional dates:
Event Calendar Icon January 18, 2019 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


This conference expects to provide current information on identifying oncologic emergencies, the best practices when treating cancer patients with emergencies, the significance of palliative care in the patients presenting to the emergency department, symptom and pain management, toxicities associated standard of care therapies as well as immunotherapies, and other topics that are critical to supporting and treating cancer patients.  Our conference aims to continue to fill the knowledge gap by providing information in an interactive forum that in turn enhances medical decision-making by healthcare providers.  Our conference will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Immunotherapy Panel Discussion(Understanding; GI Toxicities; Pulmonary Toxicities)
  • CAR-T Cell Panel Discussion(Mechanics; Neurotoxicity)
  • Side Effects of Conventional Chemotherapies
  • Cardiac Toxicities
  • Pulmonary Embolism Response Team
  • Cancer Prevention in the ED
  • Malignant Bowel Obstruction
  • Oncologic Observation Units
  • Palliative Care in the Emergency Department & Advance Care Directives• Depression, Suicide & Neglect
  • Pain Management & Symptom Control
  • Neutropenic Fever

Educational Objectives

After attending the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Identify emergent medical conditions (e.g. adverse events, symptoms, pain, etc.) that occur in cancer patients and demonstrate best practices to maximize quality of care within an emergency medicine environment (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes);
  • Educate on supportive care treatment plans for cancer patients that experience complex symptoms that result in cardiac toxicities, tumor bleeding, bowel obstructions, pulmonary effusion, and enduring pain (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes);
  • Integrate palliative care skills, inclusive of advance care directives, during the emergency visit, especially patients contending with late stage disease (Knowledge, Competence);
  • Provide a comprehensive understanding of innovative cancer therapies, inclusive of the side effects, to the cancer patient (Knowledge, Competence, Performance, Patient Outcomes);
  • Recognize other sociological aspects of the cancer diagnosis such as depression, suicide and neglect and identify opportunities to address prevention programs (e.g. tobacco cessation) that will offer benefits to the cancer patient (Knowledge, Competence);
  • Discuss the benefits of placing cancer patients into an observation unit (versus admitting into the hospital) (Knowledge).

Educational Methods

  • Lecture/didactic
  • Case study
  • Poster session
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Poster presentations
  • Panel Discussions
  • Patient Experience


A conference evaluation link will be included in the final program.  This online survey will provide participants with the opportunity to comment on the value of the program content to their practice decisions, performance improvement activities or possible impact on patient health status.  Participants will also have the opportunity to comment on any perceived commercial bias in the presentations as well as to identify future educational topics.

General Information


The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030


Allison Baring