22nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine

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Friday, September 14, 2018 - Saturday, September 15, 2018 | 7:15 a.m. – 5 p.m. Add to Calendar


After attending the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Provide effective communication with patients in the advanced stages of cancer or debilitating disease and provide quality End-of-Life Care (knowledge, competence, performance, patient outcomes);
  • Identify and interpret the moral and ethical dilemmas encountered in palliative care, incorporating supportive care strategies to improve patient care (knowledge,  competence, performance, patient outcomes);
  • Practice state-of-the-art pain and symptom management for patients with advanced disease (knowledge, competence, performance, patient outcomes);
  • Apply palliative care principals to life threatening disease in populations not limited to cancer patients (knowledge, competence, performance).


Palliative and supportive cancer care is evolving to an important specialty to deliver optimal quality value-based care to cancer patients. Many clinicians are unaware of the  need for whole patient care and attention to symptom management as well as quality of life improvements outside treatment of the primary disease. While cancer therapies are indeed crucial, the evolution of nontraditional health care settings places increasing emphasis on supportive care methods to improve quality of life for patients with advanced disease.

Caring for the cancer patient in the advanced stages of disease is particularly challenging to the healthcare team. It requires attending to the many dimensions of care including  medical, psychosocial, ethical, and spiritual needs. In its 22nd year, the Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice & Palliative Medicine continues to offer  participants educational updates to help them successfully implement new techniques and treatments in clinical practice to improve patient care and outcomes.

As a result of the participation in the Conference the conference organizing committee intends the participants to:

Identify the moral and ethical dilemmas facing clinicians who provide End-of-Life care; Practice state-of-the art pain and symptom management for patients with advanced disease; Demonstrate effective communication with patients in advanced stages of cancer or debilitating disease and provide quality end-of-life care; and exhibit heightened awareness of medical, legal and spiritual issues facing patients and families involved in the care of advanced disease.

Educational Methods

  • Lectures/Didactic
  • Workshop Sessions
  • Panel Discussion
  • Poster Session


A course evaluation form 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


Eric Gagneaux