The ABC Guidelines highlight the need for sensitive and honest communication with patients and families, and
the need for oncology professionals to undergo training in this area. âBreaking bad newsâ is a regular task for
oncologists, and patients may react with a variety of emotional responses, including anxiety, distress, anger and
disbelief. Flexibility is required in responding appropriately to these emotions and paving the way for treatment
discussions in a collaborative manner.
Using the example of a relapse of breast cancer in a young woman, where optimal therapies are likely to add a
financial burden to the bad news, participants in this interactive workshop will view video triggers and interact
with a skilled communication training facilitator.
For advocates there will be an opportunity to brainstorm how these conversations might best be undertaken in
their cultural context, and to coach the clinicians to improve delivery. Tools to empower women in different
environments to ask about new therapies will be discussed.
|13:30-14:10||Optimal management of advanced breast cancer (ABC),Â FatimaÂ Cardoso, Champalimaud Clinical Center, Lisbon, Portugal|
|14:10-14:25||The ABC Global Alliance,Â RanjitÂ KaurÂ PritamÂ Singh, Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA), Petaling Jaya, Malaysia|
|14:25-14:40||Communication needs of patients and patient advocates,Â DanielleÂ Spence, Breast Cancer Network Australia,Â Camberwell,Australia|
|15:00-17:30||Breaking and receiving bad news: increasing our bandwidth,Fran Boyle, The Pam McLean Centre, St Leonards, Australia|
This workshop is for registered participants only