eCampus CancerPEN In the Division of General Medical Disciplines

CancerPEN Available Member Modules

I. Communication PEN 100 series:

  • Giving Bad News
  • Goals of Care
  • Family in Conflict
  • Resuscitation
PEN 101: Giving Bad News - Dr. David Weissman

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Dr. David Weissman covers the theoretical basis on how to skillfully give bad news.

Interactive Case Study: Mr. Ray Willams-Johnson is a 48 year old male with a history of a lung mass. Further testing confirms that he has lung cancer that is not amenable to surgery. Dr. Weissman is seeing the patient in clinic to give him the news about the cancer diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

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PEN 102: The Setting Goals of Care - Dr. David Weissman
[photo] Goals of Care

This module aims to impart key skills related to conducting a family meeting.

Interactive Case Study: Mr. Ray Willams-Johnson is a 48 year old male with a history of lung cancer with a solitary brain metastasis. The patient had neurosurgery and slips into an irreversible coma after post-operative complications. Dr. Weissman conducts a family meeting with the patient two sisters and attempts to get them to withdraw futile life support.

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PEN 103: Managing a Family in Conflict - Dr. David Weissman
[photo] Family Meeting

This module aims to impart ke y skills related to conducting a family meeting.

Interactive Case Study: Mr. Oscar Gonzalez is a 78 year old Mexican American who was recently diagnosed with rectal cancer. His oncologist Dr. Charles von Gunten is seeing the patient in clinic to give him and his family the news about the cancer diagnosis and to discuss treatment options.

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PEN 104: Talking About Resuscitation Preferences - Dr. Robert Arnold

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Dr. Arnold describes a simple stepwise model to hold discussions related to patients' resuscitation preferences in order to provide patient-centric care during life's final chapter.

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II. Psychosocial Issues PEN 200 series:

PEN 201: The Nature of Suffering & the Goals of Nursing - Dr. Betty Ferrell

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Dr. Betty Ferrell talks about key skills related to gaining a better understanding of the ten basic tenets of suffering and strategies clinicians could use to support patients with serious life limiting illnesses and their families.

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III. Ethical Issues PEN 300 series:

  • Patients' Life's Final Chapter Requests
  • Ethical Issues in Palliatiative Care
PEN 301: Patient Requests to Manage Life's Final Chapter - Dr. Susan Block
[photo] Goals of Care

This module focuses on the advanced communication skills related to skillfully handling patients' requests for a hastened death.

Interactive Case Study: Emily, a professional dancer was diagnosed with ovarian cancer that continued to spread despite chemotherapy. Emily refuses further treatments and asks her doctor for help to hasten her death. Her oncologist asks Dr. Susan Block, an expert in palliative care to help with Emily's situation.

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PEN 303: Ethical Issues in Palliative Care - Dr. Betty Ferrell

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Dr. Ferrell identifies common ethical issues that nurses and other clinicians in practice face when caring for palliative care patients and their families. She suggests practical tips and strategies to effectively manage common ethical challenges.

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