Training Series

Training Series: Supportive Oncology Care Courses

The SOC created these videos to provide additional education for medical professionals of all levels on quality supportive oncology care. These courses are designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, other medical professionals, and staff who care for patients with cancer.


Training Series Table of Contents

Communicating Care

  • How to Communicate Prognosis
  • How to Discuss Practical and Family Concerns with Patients and Families

Supportive Care

  • What is Supportive Oncology Care?
  • How to Conduct a Supportive Care Screening (Including Distress)
  • Documenting Supportive Care Needs and Referrals in a Patient’s Medical Record
  • The Impact of Distress on Patient Care
  • How to Address Patient Distress Utilizing PHQ-4 Results

Symptom Management

  • Pain Assessment: The Basics
  • Pain Management: Beyond the Basics
  • Addressing Symptoms that Impact Quality of Life:
    • Nausea/Vomiting
    • Constipation
    • Dyspnea & Shortness of Breath

Palliative Care

  • Primary Palliative Care vs. Specialized Palliative Care
  • Reasons to Refer to Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Goals of Care
  • Advance Care Planning Over Time
  • POLST Paradigm – Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment Paradigm

Survivorship Care

  • What is Survivorship?
  • How to Conduct a Screening of Patient Concerns and Distress at a Survivorship Appointment
  • Comprehensive Care for Cancer Survivors
  • Survivorship Factors:
    • Lifestyle and Behavior
    • Common Psychosocial Challenges
    • Common Late and Long-term Effects
  • Cancer Survivor Prevention and Screening
  • Genetic Testing for Patients, Families, and Survivors

Caring for the Whole Patient

  • Future Module