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Topics Covered

  • Overview of Cancer Treatments, in the Context of COVID-19
  • Definition of Adherence: Taking Your Treatment on Schedule
  • Its Important Role in Managing Cancer
  • Barriers to Taking Your Treatment
  • Practical Tips to Overcome These Barriers, including Travel, Cost, Family, Partners & Others
  • Computer, Tablet & Phone Reminders, including Emails, Texts & Apps
  • Planning Ahead: Lead Time in Arranging for Appointments, Refilling Prescriptions
  • Weekends, Travel & Holidays
  • Communicating with Your Health Care Team about Assistance with Adherence
  • Reminders from Your Medical Team, Pharmacy & Pharmacist
  • Clinical Trial Adherence
  • Questions for Our Panel of Experts

Our Panel of Experts


Kathryn J. Ruddy, MD, MPH

Professor of Oncology, Mayo Clinic


Barbara A. Given, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAPOS

University Distinguished Professor, Director of the PhD Program, College of Nursing, Michigan State University


Michael K. Wong, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine, Cutaneous Cancers, Medical Oncology, Executive Director, Integration and Program Development, Cancer Network, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Stewart B. Fleishman, MD

Former Founding Director, Cancer Support Services, Continuum Cancer Centers of New York, Author, Researcher in Oncology


Sharon Flynn, MS, RN, ANP-BC, AOCNS, BMTCN

Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Research and Translational Science, Clinical Center Nursing Department, National Institutes of Health, Clinical Research Center


Carolyn Messner, DSW, BCD, FAPOS, FAOSW

Director of Education and Training, CancerCare®


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Workshop Date

This workshop was originally recorded on June 24, 2020.

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The information presented in this workshop is provided for your general information only. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who are aware of your specific situation. We encourage you to take information and questions back to your individual health care provider as a way of creating a dialogue and partnership about your cancer and your treatment.

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