The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will sponsor a professional education session on “Improving Treatment for Blood Cancers” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in dePaul Hall, Via Christi Hospital.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will sponsor a professional education session on “Improving Treatment for Blood Cancers” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in dePaul Hall, Via Christi Hospital.

Speaker will be Carol Bush, BS, RN, patient navigator  with the Midwest Cancer Alliance.

The program is free, and dinner will be provided. Pre-registration is required, and may be made by contacting Christy Thomas at 316-266-4050 or Christy.thomas@lls.org.

Purpose of the session is to educate oncology nurses and social workers about steps that patients can take to help make decisions about standard treatment or treatment in clinical trials, and how to communicate this to patients and caregivers.

At the end of the session, participants should be able to explain how to gather information and questions to ask to help patients decide if a standard treatment or treatment in a clinical trial is right for them; describe how new cancer treatments are developed and approved; sort out the myths from the facts about clinical trials; explain how to search for clinical trial listings for blood cancers; and identify resources offered by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Approval has been obtained for nurses completing this session to receive two continuing education contact hours. Social workers should also receive two CE clock hours (1.50 clinical and .50 social work ethics) for the session, but social workers are advised to contact their regulatory board for approval.

Participants completing the program and submitting an activity evaluation will receive a certificate of completion by mail within 30 days following the program.