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First water lily of spring!
First water lily of spring!

From the Telehealth Director

Dear Friend of the UNC Cancer Network,

Please know that in these very difficult times, we will continue to do our very best to bring you high-quality oncology lectures with free live and self-paced continuing education offerings. We are proud to say that through the efforts of our team and our presenters, we continue to bring you every scheduled lecture.

At this time, I would like to ask you to take just a few minutes to complete our 2021 lecture planning survey. The information that we receive from you will allow us to make next year’s lectures better than ever. Simply go to, and answer the nine questions. The information that we receive from you will be carefully considered when we assemble our lecture planning committees in June.

Once you have filled out the survey, we hope that you will take the time to register for Delivering Survivorship with Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN on May 8th and Gastrointestinal Cancer Management in North Carolina: Updates for 2020 with Michael S. Lee, MD.

As always, we look forward to your questions and feedback.

Wishing you wellness and equanimity,


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Veneranda Obure and Tim Poe volunteering at the SECU Family House in Chapel Hill

Community Service
at the UNC Cancer Network

by Mary E. King

The State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Family House is a home for patients with critical illnesses and their families who travel long distances to UNC Hospitals. Recently, two members of the UNC Cancer Network team used some of their annual Volunteer Leave to assist with needed chores and wanted to share their experience.

On February 7, 2020, two members of the UNCCN Telehealth team volunteered at the SECU Family House. During their time there, they consolidated and washed dishes, cleaned out the main community fridge, organized food and checked food for freshness, cleaned interior and exterior of appliances, cleaned coffee stations, and replenished supplies. “I have a deep respect for the vital services that SECU House provides to patients and their families. It is an honor to help out in some small way. I encourage anyone in the vicinity of Chapel Hill to consider reaching out to SECU House regarding volunteer opportunities” (, said Tim Poe, Telehealth director.


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Upcoming Live Lectures

Upcoming Live Events

May 13, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 pm

Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN

Delivering Survivorship Care in North Carolina

An aging population, a growing number of cancer survivors, and a projected shortage of cancer care providers will result in a challenge in delivering the care for cancer survivors in the United States if systemic changes are not made, according to a commentary in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Mayer will discuss these issues with particular consideration to providing cancer survivorship care in North Carolina.


May 27, 2020 | 12:00–1:00 pm

Michael S. Lee, MD

Gastrointestinal Cancer Management in North Carolina: Updates for 2020

Dr. Michael Lee from the UNC Lineberger Gastrointestinal Oncology group will describe relevant updates in systemic therapy for gastrointestinal cancers for health care providers throughout the state of North Carolina.


Our lecture calendar can be found at

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The Learning Portal

Recent Additions to the Learning Portal

Justin Yopp, PhD

The Role of Patient Support Networks in Cancer Outcomes

Dr. Justin Yopp will discuss the role of social support in cancer care delivery and cancer outcomes. As part of this presentation, Dr. Yopp will also discuss considerations related to caregivers and patients who do not have immediate caregiver support.


Julia Rodriguez-O’Donnell, LCSW, OSW-C

Meeting the Needs of Undocumented Patients with Cancer

Julia Rodriguez-O’Donnell, LCSW, OSW-C, will discuss ethical and practical considerations related to providing care for undocumented patients with cancer, with particular attention to factors relevant to cancer care in North Carolina.


Joshua Zeidner, MD

Management of Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2020: A Paradigm Shift for Older Adults?

Dr. Joshua Zeidner will discuss updates in the diagnostic testing and prognostic subclassifications of AML, which drive therapeutic decisions. This presentation will highlight perceived paradigm shifts for AML and older adults.


Frances Collichio, MD

Immune (check point) Related Adverse Events

Dr. Frances Collichio from the UNC Lineberger Melanoma group will describe relevant updates in understanding and managing toxicities of immunotherapies for health care providers throughout the state of North Carolina.


These and other Self-Paced, Online Courses are on our Learning Portal

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Learn more about the continuing education and other outreach efforts of the UNC Cancer Network. Many of the outreach programs that are part of the UNC Cancer Network are funded through the University Cancer Research Fund. Find out what UNCCN is doing by following us on Twitter at @unc_cn, join us on Facebook at,, or email us at

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Editor: Mary King,

Contributors: William A. Wood, MD, MPH, Director of Education and Outreach; Tim Poe, Telehealth Director: Jon Powell, PhD, Continuing Education Specialist: and Veneranda Obure, AV Support Engineer.

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