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2020 UNC Geriatric Oncology Symposium

November 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Please join us for the 2020 UNC Geriatric Oncology Symposium. This year’s format is panels of speakers on specific topics, each with a moderator who will encourage Q&A among the panelists and with symposium audience. Topics include patient reported outcomes, cognition, body composition, issues in geriatric oncology surgery, and nursing research in geriatric oncology.

We hope to see you there!

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12:30 p.m. Welcome

Trevor Jolly, MBBS, Assistant Professor, UNC Oncology

UNC Geriatrics Update
Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, Professor, Chief, UNC Geriatric Medicine

UNC Geriatric Oncology Update
Hyman Muss, MD, Professor, UNC Oncology, Director, UNC Lineberger Geriatric Oncology Program

12:40 p.m. Session I: Body Composition and Comorbidities
Moderator: Grant Williams, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama – Birmingham

Myosteatosis in adults with cancer – treatment toxicity and outcomes
Gabriel Aleixo, MD, IM Resident, Cleveland Clinic

The interplay of obesity and frailty in treatment tolerance and outcomes for elderly patients with endometrial cancer
Lindsey Buckingham, MD, Fellow, UNC Gynecologic Oncology

1:15 p.m. Break

1:25 p.m. Session II: Nursing
Moderator: Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, Professor, UNC Nursing

Lessons learned in recruiting older adults with AML to the Palliative and Collaborative Care Study (PACT)
Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, Associate Professor, UNC Nursing

Impact of Symptoms, Functional Status and Patient Provider Communication on Treatment Decisions in Older Adults with Advanced Cancer
Lorinda Coombs, PhD, FNP-BC, AOCNP, Assistant Professor, UNC Nursing

2:00 p.m. Session III: Patient Reported Outcomes
Moderator: Antonia Bennett, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management

Patient-reported symptoms during chemotherapy – older compared to younger women with early breast cancer
Kirsten Nyrop, PhD, Assistant Professor, UNC Oncology

Life expectancy prediction model in older adults with advanced cancer
Jennifer Lund, PhD, Associate Professor, UNC Epidemiology

Geriatric assessment in patients undergoing treatment for plasma cell diseases
Christopher Jensen, MD, Fellow, UNC Hematology Oncology

2:45 p.m. Revisit Session I: Body Composition and Comorbidities
Moderator: Grant Williams, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama – Birmingham

Malnutrition, sarcopenia, and geriatric assessment in patients with bladder cancer undergoing cystectomy
Megan Gurjar, BSPH, UNC Medical Student

3:00 p.m. Break

3:10 p.m. Session IV: Surgery
Moderator: Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, Assistant Professor, UNC Surgical Oncology

Championing geriatric oncology in surgical practice and research
Raphael Louie, MD, Assistant Professor, VCU Surgical Oncology

3:30 p.m. Session V: Cognition
Moderator: Donald Rosenstein, MD, Professor, UNC Psychiatry & Medicine

Cancer-related cognitive impairment in the geriatric patient: from screening to intervention
Zev Nakamura, MD, Assistant Professor, UNC Psychiatry

Using cognitive neuroscience to Improve measurement and prediction of cancer-related cognitive impairment
Keely Muscatell, PhD, Assistant Professor, UNC Psychology & Neuroscience

Trajectories of cognitive and physical functioning and the long-term impact on quality-of-life in older adults with multiple myeloma
Shakira Grant, MD, Assistant Professor, UNC Hematology

4:20 p.m. Closing Comments


November 20, 2020
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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