Recent courses held in China and Brazil

ASCO International Affairs
Dec 21, 2016 11:45 AM

ASCO recently partnered with local organizers to hold an International Palliative Care Workshop in China and a Cancer Control in Primary Care course in Brazil.

The IPCW was held in Luoyang in October in partnership with the 1st Affiliated Hospital of Henan University of Science and Technology. More than 80 oncologists, general physicians and other health care professionals attended the course.

  • 89 percent of respondents to the on-site evaluation said that they intended to make practice changes. These changes included: improving communication with patients and their families; improving palliative care; and improved pain management.
  • 94 percent said that they feel more confident in their ability to use different methods and medications to control pain.
  • 92 percent said that they feel more confident in their ability to manage patients’ symptoms.
  • 90 percent said that they feel more confident in their ability to communicate with patients and their families about what to expect during the end of life.

In November, ASCO partnered with the Hospital das ClÍnicas de Universidade Federal de Pernambuco to hold a Cancer Control in Primary Care course in Recife, Brazil. Eighty physicians and nurses attended the course.

  • 96 percent of respondents to the on-site evaluation said that they intended to make practice changes. These changes included: listening to the patient more; counseling patients on cancer prevention; and educating the public about cancer prevention and detection.
  • 100 percent said that they better understand risk factors for cancer.
  • 98 percent said that they feel more confident in their ability to help patients with their family history.
  • 94 percent said that they feel more confident in their ability to screen their patients for cancer.

A follow-up survey will be sent to participants in one year to assess the long term outcomes of each course.