Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education

Challenges & Controversies in Breast Cancer

Thursday and Friday, October 29-30, 2015
Location: Hyatt at Olive 8, Seattle, WA

Sponsored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in collaboration with the Institute for Medical and Nursing Education.

Course Description:
The 2-day event held in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant downtown will provide important recent multidisciplinary updates in the field of breast oncology. Utilizing a unique case-based presentation format, discussions will be led by academic specialists from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and select faculty from other highly respected centers. Far-ranging areas of consensus and controversy will be presented and discussed with a goal that audience members leave with state-of-the-art knowledge regarding breast cancer care.

Intended Audience:
Local and regional health professionals with specific interest in diagnosis and management of breast cancer patients including (but not limited to) surgeons, radiation, medical and surgical oncologists as well as associated allied health professionals.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, attendees should be able to:

  • Describe the pathogenesis, diagnostic evaluation and therapeutic advances for integration into the management of newly diagnosed breast cancer.
  • Describe the therapeutic advances now available for advanced breast cancer.
  • Describe evidence based recommendations for supportive care and survivorship.
  • Describe how a management of breast cancer in the elderly may differ from women diagnosed at younger ages.

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Advances and Current Management of GI Cancers:
A Multidisciplinary Approach

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Location: Seattle, WA

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance's faculty invites you on March 19, 2016 to learn the latest in management of gastrointestinal cancers. Gain knowledge that can affect practice strategies and the latest treatment options. Hear from world-renowned experts in the field and network with colleagues. Join us! 

Course Description:
Course is designed for medical oncologists, gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, mid-levels, GI nurses, and other health care providers who treat patients with GI cancers and people who are interested in learning more on GI cancer clinical practices. A multidisciplinary panel of experts will discuss the most recent clinical innovations in their respective fields. 

  • The Goal: Further the understanding of the management of GI malignancies, and discuss the most relevant developments in clinical care. 
  • Topics: New developments in the diagnosis and treatment GI cancers, and the multidisciplinary model of GI cancer management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review recent developments  and advances in the diagnosis and treatment of GI cancers
  • Understand the treatment guidelines and best practices in the multidisciplinary management of patients with GI malignancies
  • Identify new technologies and novel techniques in GI cancers
  • Discuss evidence-based research that affects the practice of clinical GI oncology

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Previous Events

2015 Comprehensive Hematology & Oncology Review Course

Saturday through Tuesday, September 26-29, 2015
Location: W Hotel, Seattle, WA

Sponsored by the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Fred Hutch, this four-day program will incorporate data supporting guideline-based recommendations and recent advances regarding therapeutic options for patients with hematologic and malignant solid tumor disorders.

Download course brochure for more information 

2015 Thoracic Oncology Symposium

Friday, May 1, 2014
Location: UW Medicine, Orin Smith Auditorium, Seattle, WA

This symposium has been designed to bring up-to-date scientific information to clinicians involved in the care of patients with thoracic malignancies, including Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma, and Esophageal Cancer. Our speakers are nationally and internationally renowned physicians who will share their expertise and foster interactive discussions of the most recent advances in lung cancer screening, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, novel targeted therapies, immunotherapies, palliative care, and lung cancer survivorship. 
During each session, attendees will be exposed to new concepts and management protocols for thoracic malignancies.

The goal of this course is to provide information on early detection and management of lung cancer, the management of stage I-III lung cancer involving surgery and new radiation techniques, the management and novel approaches for stage IV NSCLC, as well as the management of other thoracic cancers to help maximize the care potential for health care providers and their patients.

5th Annual Pacific Northwest Head & Neck Cancer Symposium: Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease—A Practical Approach

Friday, April 10, 2015
Location: Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill, Seattle, WA

Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease - A Practical Approach is co-sponsored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Swedish Cancer Institute, and UW Medicine. This symposium has been designed to bring up-to-date scientific information to clinicians involved in the care of patients with thyroid cancer and parathyroid disease. A multidisciplinary panel of experts will discuss the most recent clinical innovations in their respective fields and expose attendees to new concepts and management protocols indicated in a variety of thyroid cancers and parathyroid disease.

Sessions will cover the topics below and more:
• Common surgical challenges
• Proper use of diagnostic techniques
• New strategies for managing recurrent and advanced thyroid cancer
• Integration of head & neck ultrasound into office practice through a live, practical demonstration

This symposium will enable participants to apply the newly acquired knowledge, new diagnostic modalities and optimized treatment strategies in order to maximize benefits to patients with thyroid cancer and parathyroid disease.

National Speakers
In addition to hearing from local faculty experts, attendees will have the opportunity to see presentations by two national thyroid and parathyroid disease experts:

Robert A. Sofferman, MD
Emeritus Professor of Surgery
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
University of Vermont Medical Center

R. Michael Tuttle, MD
Professor of Medicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Download the symposium brochure, which includes a complete program schedule.