Sample Session Descriptions

Are you planning an educational event? Here are some sample topics that might be of interest to your audience. Note these session descriptions are the protected intellectual property of Triage Cancer and its speakers bureau members. They may not be used without prior approval. Email us for more information.

Advocacy

How to be a Better Advocate

Ever thought about getting involved in advocacy? Wondered what legislative advocacy entails? Have questions about how to be a better advocate?  This seminar will cover the basics of personal, community, and legislative advocacy.  Even if you only have five minutes a week to dedicated to advocacy there is something you can do to help others coping with cancer!

Health & Social Media Use for AYAs

#AYACSM: The idea at the time was simple and relative to the reason why all hashtags are created: to develop something that we could use to search for and find each others’ advocacy-related tweets. We initially referred to it as the bat signal of the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer movement — something we could use to alert each other about a particular 140 character message that may be of interest. We did not realize at the time that what we had created to stay in touch with each other would be used around the world. Social media plays a significant role in how we interact and share information in the young adult oncology space.

Twitter as an Advocacy Tool

Social media is a powerful tool for advocacy, however, many individuals in the cancer community are unsure of how to most effectively use Twitter. This seminar will cover everything from the basics of setting up an account, to how to tweet and engage in Tweet Chats.  The speaker will also discuss issues around privacy and online disclosure.

How We Can Transform Ourselves: My Journey From Breast Cancer To Knesset Lobbyist For Women’s Health

Certain that longevity was her birthright, Ruth was stunned to be diagnosed with breast cancer at 42. After treatment, she was determined to effect change. Galvanized to help others, Ruth began lobbying at the Israeli Knesset and at municipalities to promote health and equal access to care for Israeli & Palestinian women, and women with disabilities. Her message: empowered, we can all transform ourselves.

Having Your Voice Heard: Becoming an effective advocate

Ever wish that you could make more of a difference in changing things? Want to contact your elected officials, but are unsure of what to say? This presentation will outline various tactics and strategies to become an effective advocate.  We will also discuss pending legislation relevant to those coping with cancer.

Adolescents & Young Adults (AYAs)

AYA Cancer

The adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer movement advocates for the rights of AYAs, including their need for age-appropriate care, for their psychosocial needs to be met and as for all who access medical care, for the healthcare system to view them as whole people and not just medical conditions. Young adults living with cancer are not just cancer patients. They are writers, doctors, lawyers, professors, engineers, police officers, day care workers and teachers. These young adults may also be someone’s friend, partner, child and parent.

AYAs Living with Metastatic/Advanced Cancer

The young adult cancer movement has been a consistently strong advocate for the needs of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) living with cancer. However, the needs of young adults living with metastatic and/or advanced cancer have not been as equally identified or advocated for.

AYA Cancer & Advocacy

The unique issues that young adults face when confronting a cancer diagnosis, and how to get involved in advocacy work to share your story with legislators and influence health care policy.

Cancer Disparities

Cancer Disparities

Learn about research on the “disparities” throughout the cancer prevention and control continuum. Gain an understanding of how tertiary prevention seeks to minimize the effects of cancer after diagnosis, including novel approaches of access to care for underserved populations.

Caregiver Support

Caregivers: Learn to listen to yourself and cultivate beneficial self-care habits

The role of the caregiver can be deeply meaningful and intimate. Yet the emotional, practical, and physical demands of the role can be mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. It is common to lose sight of your own needs. This seminar will provide tips to help you learn to listen to yourself, become more mindful of your unique stress responses, and develop habits you can use to care for yourself along the way. When your needs are acknowledged and met, you become a stronger and more capable caregiver.

Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Healing Meditations

Mindfulness and Relaxation Meditation is a refreshing way to manage stress in your life and create restful sleep. Learn about the history and benefits of meditation along with a variety of effective techniques. Meditation is beneficial for staying healthy and increasing your energy while providing spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical balance. You are worth it! Take the time to develop your inner calm. A crucial skill you will develop from ongoing meditation is to trust your intuition.

Complementary Music Therapies

The facilitation of music therapy in cancer care for symptom distress, emotional expression, and resiliency as part of an integrative medicine approach for the whole person.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) & Cancer: Show Me the Proof!

According to the National Cancer Institute, “Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is the term for medical products and practices that are not part of standard medical care. CAM for cancer care involves the patient’s mind, body, and spirit, and includes multidisciplinary approaches.” During this session learn about the risks and benefits of 5 CAM practices for those in active cancer treatment.

Humor & Medicine from the patient’s perspective

Dental Health

What’s teeth got to do with it? The oral and dental side effects of cancer therapy

Learn about the various oral side effects of cancer therapy, including, chemotherapy, head and neck radiation therapy, and anti-resorptive medications. This seminar will review the ideal time to visit a dentist during cancer treatment, including the appropriate blood counts for an extraction or routine dental care. Finally, methods to help minimize the risk of developing the oral and dental manifestations of cancer treatment will be discussed.

Disability Insurance

Taking Time Off and Paying For it

Understanding how federal and state laws, employer policies, and disability insurance work together is key to being able to take time off work, maintain an income, and protect your job and employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. There are also options for caregivers who need to take time off work. This session will cover the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family & Medical Leave Act, state leave laws, and disability insurance options, and explain how they can work together for you.

Employment

Working 9 to 5

Trying to figure out how work factors in after a cancer diagnosis? There are many things to consider— from sharing the news of your diagnosis and dealing with treatment side effects, to creating a viable schedule. This session will arm you with an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how reasonable accommodations work as well how to think about your online footprint and practical tips to help ease being on the job after a cancer diagnosis.

“Chemo Brain” & Accommodations: At Work & At School

“Chemo brain,” is a term used to describe the cognitive changes that may come with cancer treatment, including memory challenges and trouble focusing. This seminar will review the latest research on chemo brain, and provide practical tips to address chemo brain in your daily life. We will also describe practical ways to use legal protections such as reasonable accommodations to help you deal with chemo brain at work and at school.

Managing Employees with Cancer

In the U.S., it is estimated that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetime.  So, the odds of having to deal with cancer in the workplace is high. This seminar will discuss key opportunities to successfully manage employees with cancer and to avoid legal pitfalls on issues related to disclosure, privacy, accommodations, and medical leave.

Estate Planning

Protecting Yourself & Your Family by Planning Ahead

Estate planning can be overwhelming and can often bring up topics that are difficult to discuss. However, being prepared can also bring a sense of comfort.  This seminar will cover the various documents that can make up an estate plan, things to consider as you begin the process of creating your plan and options available to individuals to protect their medical decision making rights.

Family Building

From Cancer Survivorship to Diaper Changes – Creating a Family After Cancer

Understand how to build your family despite a cancer history and long-term side effects. Learn about all of your options including: natural, assisted reproduction, donor conception, surrogacy and adoption. Grieving losses and financial impact of each option will also be discussed.

Finances

Creative Financial Solutions: Thinking Outside the Box

A cancer diagnosis can come with many challenges, including financial ones. Cancer care is expensive, but there are also other expenses.  This seminar will cover some of the financial resources available to deal with treatment and other cancer-related expenses.  We will also share some of the creative ways to access financial assistance and navigate your finances after cancer.

It’s All About the Benjamins

Cancer is expensive. Learn practical tips on how to deal with medical bills, avoid higher out-of-pocket costs, access financial assistance options, and manage your finances after a cancer diagnosis.

Don’t Drown in Medical Debt

This seminar will cover strategies to avoid medical debt before you find yourself in over your head, reduce medical debt once it starts to add up, and shift and prioritize your regular expenses. Additionally, you’ll learn more about resources available to help negotiate medical bills, how credit counseling agencies can be helpful, and why self-advocacy is such an important part of recovering from debt.

Health Care Professionals

Social Work Practice

This session will provide oncology social works with instruction in social work practice skills including counseling and support group facilitation, program development.

Social Work Practice

Oncology social work programs span from traditional to progressive to innovative. Programs need to strive toward “innovative models” that emphasize clinical interventions, patient, family, and provider education as well as research that demonstrates effectiveness.

Distress Screening

This session covers the “history of distress screening” including our research of screening methods based on the seminal work of Weisman, Worden, and Sobel at Harvard in the early 1970’s.

Oncology Professional Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue can happen to anyone. Understanding the signals your body sends when you begin to feel overwhelmed and learning the coping tools you use to care for yourself can help mitigate the onset of stress associated with the stress of caring for others.

Health Insurance

Choosing Wisely: How to Pick Insurance Plans

There are three main ways to get health insurance: through an employer, by buying a policy directly from an insurance company, or through a governmental plan (i.e., Medicare, Medicaid, etc.). Regardless of how you get your health insurance, you may have choices. Open enrollment comes up once a year and allows you to make changes to your coverage or to pick a new plan. This seminar will cover the key things to look for when comparing plans and how to choose a plan that works for you.

When Health Insurance Says No: Understanding Appeals

Has your health insurance company denied coverage for a treatment, procedure or a prescription drug?  You don’t need to take “No” for an answer. Depending on the type of health insurance coverage you have, there is a process for appealing your insurance company’s decision. This seminar will describe the appeals process for individual health insurance, employer-sponsored plans, Medicare, and Medicaid, to help you get the medical care you need.

Making Sense of the Medicare Maze

There are almost 50 million Americans who rely on Medicare for their health care needs. Whether you have been on Medicare for years, or this is the first year you are eligible, you may still have questions about how to choose your coverage. This seminar will cover the basics of the Medicare system, including how to become eligible, the different “Parts,” financial assistance, supplemental coverage, and what to think about during open enrollment.

Health Insurance A Puzzle Wrapped in an Enigma

Health insurance doesn’t have to be confusing. This session will explain common terms, how to pick a plan that works for you, and give updates on the latest developments with health care reforms.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…about Health Insurance

Trying to figure out how to pick a health insurance plan that actually covers your medical expenses? This session will explain your health insurance options, current laws regarding pre-existing conditions and other consumer protections, how to pick a plan that works for you, and how to get financial assistance to help you pay for health insurance.

Nutrition & Exercise

Cancer Nutrition Tips & Truths

Are you confused about what is fact when it comes to nutrition and cancer? Everyone seems to have an opinion on what you should eat but you wonder which suggestions actually have evidence. In this session, we will cover topics including popular nutrition myths, 5 core truths about nutrition and cancer, nutrition tips for managing side effects, and what to eat for optimal well-being for cancer survivors during and after treatment. Get your questions answered as Julie coaches you through facts, truths and practical methods to decide what’s right for you!

Fighting Cancer with Your Fork

Join us for this interactive session to learn about the 12 most researched foods when it comes to nutrition and cancer. Julie Lanford is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and has over 8 years of experience working with cancer survivors. She is author of the cancer nutrition blog www.CancerDietitian.com and specializes in making health living fun!

Plant Based Eating for Cancer Survivors – Do’s and Don’ts

A plant-based diet has been shown to improve health, help your body function at its best, and save money! Many cancer survivors and cancer caregivers have heard that plant-based eating is recommended, but they aren’t sure exactly what it means or how to know if they are doing it. While plant-based doesn’t mean you have to exclude meat, it does mean including plenty of disease fighting plant foods. Watch this fun and informative seminar to learn practical and tasty ways to transition to more plant-based meals.

Staying healthy after cancer: Behaviors you can adopt to improve your health

We know that over half of cancers are preventable, but making healthy choices has importance after diagnosis too. This session will cover the scientific evidence for what behaviors you can choose during and after treatment for your best health.

Communicating With Your Health Care Team

Being overweight is a well-established risk factors for cancer. Many health care providers are uncomfortable discussing this with patients and their loved ones. This presentation focused on communication skills for raising this topic with health care providers as well as ways to assist survivors to deal with weight change after cancer.

Exercise Is Medicine: Why being active matters for cancer survivors

You might know that exercise is good for you to prevent diseases (including cancer), but did you know it is important after diagnosis too? We’ll review the exercise guidelines for cancer survivors and talk about the risks and benefits associated with being active during and after treatment.

Exercise as Medicine: Utilizing Exercise During and After Treatment for Improved Outcomes

Exercise and Lymphedema: What the research says

Organization

Organizing to Repair and Prepare

This seminar will explain how better organization habits can provide a good foundation for healing, as well as set the stage in preparing for what’s ahead.

Organizing For Brain Differences

This session will describe how learning about yourself and your unique way of thinking and processing (whether due to a diagnosis, high stress levels, or both) contributes to organizing and productivity success. Ways to create a strong self-care routine that supports better organization will also be discussed.

Organizing Paperwork (Drowning in Documents)

Learn the best ways to tackle the mountains of insurance information, bills, EOBs, tests and other medical records, and even the junk mail that overwhelms our countertops, desks, and computers.

Palliative Care/Pain Management

Palliative Caring: Improving Care Through the Early Integration of Key Palliative Principles

Too often, patients learn about palliative care only when their cancer is advanced, but evidence tells us that earlier integration of palliative care is best. We’ll explore strategies to move palliative care upstream to improve quality of life for both patients and their families.

Understanding & Managing Pain

While pain may be common during and after cancer treatment, it is not something you just have to “live with.” This seminar will review different types of pain as well as effective management. This seminar will include tips for tracking your pain levels, considering treatment options, talking about pain with your health care team, and other practical suggestions for dealing with pain during and after treatment.

Spirituality

Spirituality

This session will discuss how health care professionals can enhance their skills and comfort to identify and address spiritual matters with patients, as a resource to enhance coping.

“Around the World as a Breast Cancer Survivor: How Cancer Taught Me to Connect”

In this presentation, I share my own personal experience of connecting with a devout Muslim Palestinian woman as a result of breast cancer, as well as experiences I had traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina, meeting Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian breast cancer survivors. Finally, I explore the impact of being a breast cancer survivor in the Haredi, ultra-orthodox Jewish community of Israel.

Resiliency

Fostering Resiliency in Families Facing Cancer

When someone is diagnosed with cancer it affects the entire family. A common concern is how to support children and teens through a parent or loved one’s diagnosis. Resilience is defined as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”. While some people have a natural ability to “bounce back” from challenging situations, most of us need help in navigating something as serious as a cancer diagnosis. Learn how to engage your natural strengths, pull together specific resources, and build new skills to create a stronger and more resilient family.

Resilience – Thriving not just Surviving

Learn about resilience and the power to not just survive after a cancer diagnosis but to thrive. Experience has taught Ruth that change can serve as a catalyst to sharpen our sense of purpose and our recognition of what is important. How do we discover and enhance our capacity to accept “what is,” embrace it and move forward? Using the metaphor of an hourglass, Ruth will inspire us to recognize our resources for navigating change throughout life: the passage of our sand from one chamber to another resulting in a new arrangement. When change happens, we have a choice: to stick our head in the sand and pretend nothing has happened; or to accept the inevitability of change and live life abundantly. How do we discover and enhance our capacity to live life with resilience? Can we find possibilities and potential gains and focus on those? Living life resiliently requires a balance of many things and is far from effortless. Not unlike a garden, cultivating resilience requires intention, patience and effort which allows us to grow.

Resiliency After Cancer

A lot has changed since your cancer diagnosis. You have gone through physical challenges and no doubt emotional ones. You may think, “Will I bounce back from this?” “Where do I start?” Julie Larson will use this time to explore the topic of understanding resiliency after cancer: discovering what about you has changed, reflecting on what innate qualities got you through the hardest of times & how you can embrace all of these things in a strong & hopeful way forward.

Growing Through the Narrow Spots: Facing Change with Resilience/Discovering Resources for Living Life as a Cancer Survivor

Sexuality, Intimacy, & Relationships

You and Your Body: Cancer, Intimacy and Sexuality

This seminar will explore how cancer diagnosis and treatments affect intimacy, body image and sexual function. Learn about sexual response; how cancer treatment impacts sexual response; and lots of tools to build bridges back to intimacy and sexual pleasure.

Building a Stronger Relationship with Your Partner after a Cancer Diagnosis

Relationships can a lot of work, even without a cancer diagnosis. Learn how to navigate a relationship with your partner after these changes in your life.  Hear about the unique needs of partners facing cancer together, and what tools and tips are most helpful to build a stronger relationship during a difficult time.

Stress Management

Don’t Stress the Stress

You know you have stress in your life but are you too stressed out to do anything about it? This seminar will really explain what stress is, how it affects everyone differently, and most importantly, provide simple, common sense and doable techniques to get your stress under control.

Caring for Yourself, Staying Engaged and Navigating the Holiday Season

The holiday hustle and bustle can be overwhelming and exhausting for any one.  As a cancer survivor currently in treatment or still managing long term effects, or a caregiver for someone coping with cancer, this time of year amps up the complexity of self-care.  Social gatherings, endless to do lists, never-ending joy and the expectation to do it all are often in stark contrast to the reality of treatment schedules, test results and the uncertainty of tomorrow.  During this seminar, take a break with us and some time to reflect on your priorities for the holiday season, the values that guide you through this time and the opportunities that provide the most fulfillment and true joy.  Being mindful of how you prepare for a busy social calendar or protect yourself from particularly tender moments may help you not only find your way through the frenzy, but care for yourself along the way.

Music Therapy

This session will cover mindfulness-based approaches in music therapy to reduce stress and tension in the hospital environment through techniques such as guided relaxation, progressive music relaxation and music-based imagery.

Spirituality

Spirituality

This session will discuss how health care professionals can enhance their skills and comfort to identify and address spiritual matters with patients, as a resource to enhance coping.

“Around the World as a Breast Cancer Survivor: How Cancer Taught Me to Connect”

In this presentation, I share my own personal experience of connecting with a devout Muslim Palestinian woman as a result of breast cancer, as well as experiences I had traveling to Bosnia and Herzegovina, meeting Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian breast cancer survivors. Finally, I explore the impact of being a breast cancer survivor in the Haredi, ultra-orthodox Jewish community of Israel.

Psychosocial Care

Anticipatory Grief and End of Life Care: How to Prepare and Care for Life-Changing Events

This seminar will review and discuss the common emotions, reactions and challenges of preparing for life changes. This includes a loss through death, change in relationship, financial implications and daily and behavioral changes that occur as part of coping with loss. While the focus on this seminar will be on End of Life, topics will be applicable to overall life changes due to a cancer diagnosis and how caregivers and loved ones can best prepare and care for themselves leading up to, during and following these changes.

Humor

This seminar will discuss the need for humor (when it is appropriate, how to use it to handle tough situations) as well as the most recent research around humor and a healthy mindset, including Laughing Yoga.

Coping Techniques

Coping techniques are uniquely personal self-care behaviors. This seminar will help you identify ways you have historically cared for yourself and build habits of tuning into your needs and developing new skills to help you cultivate resilience.

Fearlessly Moving Forward/What FEAR (False Expectations Appearing Real) has to teach us throughout life’s journey