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2020 UNC Geriatric Oncology Symposium: Research Updates in Geriatric Oncology

November 20, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for the 2020 UNC Geriatric Oncology Symposium, which will take place virtually on November 20, 2020. This year’s format is panels of speakers on specific topics, each with a moderator who will encourage Q&A among the panelists and with symposium audience. Topics include patient reported outcomes, cognition, body composition, issues in geriatric oncology surgery, and nursing research in geriatric oncology. Please see the accompanying link to register for the webinar. We hope to see you there!

12:30 pm      Welcome


Trevor Jolly, MBBS, Assistant Professor, UNC Oncology  


UNC Geriatrics Update 

Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, Professor, Chief, UNC Geriatric Medicine 


UNC Geriatric Oncology Update 

Hyman Muss, MD, Professor, UNC Oncology, Director, Lineberger Geriatric Oncology Program 


12:40 pm      Session I: Body Composition and Comorbidities 

Moderator: Grant Williams, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Alabama – Birmingham 


Myosteatosis in adults with cancer – treatment toxicity and outcomes 

Gabriel Aleixo, MD, IM Resident, Cleveland Clinic 


Malnutrition, sarcopenia, and geriatric assessment in patients with bladder cancer undergoing cystectomy  

Megan Gurjar, BSPH, UNC Medical Student 


The interplay of obesity and frailty in treatment tolerance and outcomes for elderly patients with endometrial cancer  

Lindsey Buckingham, MD, Fellow, UNC Gynecologic Oncology 


1:25 pm         Break 


1:35 pm         Session II: Nursing 

Moderator: Deborah Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, Professor, UNC Nursing 


Lessons learned in recruiting older adults with AML to the Palliative and Collaborative Care Study (PACT) 

Ashley Leak Bryant, PhD, RN-BC, OCN, Associate Professor, UNC Nursing 


Impact of Symptoms, Functional Status and Patient Provider Communication on Treatment Decisions in Older Adults with Advanced Cancer  

Lorinda Coombs, PhD, FNP-BC, AOCNP, Assistant Professor, UNC Nursing 

2:05 pm         Session III: Patient Reported Outcomes 

Moderator: Antonia Bennett, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management  


Patient-reported symptoms during chemotherapy – older compared to younger women with early breast cancer  

Kirsten Nyrop, PhD, Assistant Professor, UNC Oncology 


Life expectancy prediction model in older adults with advanced cancer  

Jennifer Lund, PhD, Associate Professor, UNC Epidemiology 


Geriatric assessment in patients undergoing treatment for plasma cell diseases  

Christopher Jensen, MD, Fellow, UNC Hematology Oncology 


2:50 pm         Break 


3:00 pm         Session IV: Surgery 

Moderator: Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, Assistant Professor, UNC Surgical Oncology 


Championing geriatric oncology in surgical practice and research  

Raphael Louie, MD, Assistant Professor, VCU Surgical Oncology 


 3:15 pm         Session V: Cognition 

Moderator: Donald Rosenstein, MD, Professor, UNC Psychiatry & Medicine 


Cancer-related cognitive impairment in the geriatric patient: from screening to intervention 

Zev Nakamura, MD, Assistant Professor, UNC Psychiatry 


Using cognitive neuroscience to Improve measurement and prediction of cancer-related cognitive impairment  

Keely Muscatell, PhD, Assistant Professor, UNC Psychology & Neuroscience 


Trajectories of cognitive and physical functioning and the long-term impact on quality-of-life in older adults with multiple myeloma  

Shakira Grant, MD, Assistant Professor, UNC Hematology 


November 20, 2020
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm