On the Horizon of Oncology Care: Updates and Current Treatment 2018

On the Horizon of Oncology Care: Updates and Current Treatment 2018

Date & Time Location Registration
11/1/2018 - 7:30 AM Kelley Conference Room, Education and Research Center

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November 1-2, 2018

Intended Audience

This conference is designed for nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for patients with cancer.


To enable the learner to apply the latest advances in the care of patients with cancer, including medical, surgical and symptom management.

Continuing Education Credit

Approved for 12.5 contact hours (6.25 Day 1, 6.25 Day 2) by Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #31, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines.

Registration Fees

Employees of UnityPoint Health – Des Moines and UnityPoint Health affiliates:
• 1 Day - $45
• 2 Days - $85

Employees of non-affiliates:
• 1 Day - $60
2 Days - $100

Registration forms and fees must be submitted by Wednesday, October 24, 2018. 

Refunds will be given with written notice received by Wednesday, October 24, 2018.

If paying by mail, make check or money order payable to John Stoddard Cancer Center and mail to:
UnityPoint Health – Iowa Methodist Medical Center
John Stoddard Cancer Center
Attention: Ione Wilson
1221 Pleasant Street, Suite 450
Des Moines, IA 50309


Day 1:

  • Describe the mechanism of action and important safety information for Rituxan Hycela, including dosing and administration.
  • Identify the role of oncology rehabilitation in oncology patients.
  • Explain the reasons for the opioid crisis
  • Identify the role of cannabis in the oncology setting.
  • List two ways to manage peripheral neuropathy.
  • Discuss methodist used for smoking cessation.

Day 2

  • Explain political issues impacting access and payment in cancer care.
  • Discuss treatment options for central nervous system tumors.
  • List two side effects of central nervous system treatment.
  • Summarize the role of Cervivor School.
  • Review side effects of immunotherapies.
  • List two ways bone metastasis is managed.


Day 1 - Thursday, November 1

 7:30 a.m.                                   Registration/Breakfast

 8:15 a.m.
 8:30 a.m.
A Clinical Overview of Rituxan Hycela
Christine Rimkus, RN, MSN, AOCN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, BMT Practice Manager, St. Louis University
 9:30 a.m.

Oncology Rehabilitation
Amy Hegvik, OT & Maren Sand-Peck, PT, DPT Certified Oncology Rehabilitation Specialists, Penn Medical Outpatient Therapy, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
 10:30 a.m. Break
 10:45 a.m.

The Opioid Crisis & Oncology
Ken L. Cheyne, M.D., Medical Director, Blank Children’s Hospital
 11:45 a.m. Lunch Provided
 12:30 p.m.

Medical Cannabis
Matthew Webster, D.O., Medical Director, Powell Chemical Dependency Center, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
 1:30 p.m.

Management of Peripheral Neuropathy
Seema Harichand, M.D., Oncologist, Medical Oncology & Hematology Associates
 2:30 p.m. Break
 2:45 p.m.

Smoking Cessation
Carissa Thompson, ARNP, Nurse Practitioner Medical Oncology & Hematology Associates
 3:45 - 4 p.m. Wrap up & Evaluation

Day 2 - Friday, November 2

 7:30 a.m.                               Registration/Breakfast
 8:15 a.m.
 8:30 a.m.
Political Issues Impacting Access and Payment in Cancer Care
Danielle Oswald Thole, MSW, Iowa Government Relations Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
 9:30 a.m.

Central Nervous System Tumors & Treatment
Nicholas Wetjen, M.D., Neurosurgery, The Iowa Clinic
 10:30 a.m. Break
 10:45 a.m.

Central Nervous System Treatment Effects & Follow-up
Wendy Woods-Swafford, M.D., MPH, Medical Director, Blank Children's Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
 11:45 a.m. Lunch Provided
 12:15 p.m.

Cervivor School
Emily Hoffman & Morgan Newman, Cancer Survivors & Advocates
 1:15 p.m.

Managing Side Effects of Immunotherapies
Rachel Schacht, PA-C, Medical Oncology & Hematology Associates
 2:15 p.m. Break
 2:30 p.m.

Managing Bone Metastasis
Rachel Schacht, PA-C, Medical Oncology & Hematology Associates
 3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Wrap up & Evaluation


Please call Ione Wilson at (515) 241-3343 if you have questions.

Conference Site

Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Education and Research Center 
Kelley Conference Room
1415 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309 

From I-235

  • Take the Keo Way exit from I-235. Go south on Keo Way.
  • Turn right onto 12th Street.
  • Go straight at the stop sign.
  • Follow the road as it curves around the Iowa Methodist campus.
  • Turn left and park in the parking ramp on the west side of the campus (parking is free).
  • Take the south elevators to level G. Proceed straight down the corridor to the Kelley Conference Room