NEWS | October 4, 2016

Cancer Care Network symposium focuses on precision medicine and end-of-life options


More than 80 people attended the 4th annual Cancer Care Network Symposium Saturday at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium to explore key topics in cancer care, including the new End of Life Option Act. 

The symposium included nurses, oncologists, social workers, clinical research coordinators and other staff who are part of the health system’s network of community cancer centers in Northern and Central California.

The conference theme, “Navigating Complex Coordinated Care,” focused on the cancer patient experience. Key presentations included a talk on how precision medicine is changing cancer care by Frederick Meyers, UC Davis associate dean for precision medicine, and a discussion about the medical and legal considerations of the End of Life Option Act led by Anna Orlowski, the health system’s chief legal counsel, and Scott Christensen, professor of internal medicine and network medical director. The legislation, which became law in early June, allows terminally ill adult patients to receive aid-in-dying medication as long as eligibility conditions are met.

Other topics included the multidisciplinary clinic and the family perspective and the use of technology in coordination of care.

Symposium participants included staff from all four network sites including Rideout Cancer Center in Marysville, Mercy Cancer Center in Merced, AIS Cancer Center in Bakersfield and the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee.

Additional speakers at the symposium included: Therese Mulvey, who is on the American Society of Clinical Oncology board of directors; Jill Joseph, associate dean for research at the UC Davis Betty Irene School of Nursing; Benjamin Leavy, a UC Davis primary care physician; and Terri Wolf, a nurse who has worked extensively with the cancer center and Cancer Care Network.