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Each year the Caring Community presents programs of interest to the TBE community. Please look for additions to our program offerings.

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2017-2018 Programs                   


An Evening with Vicki A. Jackson, MD MPH and David P. Ryan, MD
Tuesday, October 10, 7:00 pm


Speaking about their groundbreaking book, Living with Cancer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Coping Mentally and Emotionally with a Serious Illness

The prospect of entering treatment is overwhelming for anyone facing a diagnosis of cancer.  Wile patients have access to a vast amount of medical information online, this advice is often unreliable or confusing. Please join Drs. Vicki A. Jackson and David P. Ryan, as they lead us in a discussion which will teach us how, beginning at the moment of diagnosis, patients and caregivers can ask the right questions in order to get the best possible care, while coping physically and emotionally with treatment.

Drs. Jackson and Ryan will explain how to work with a team of doctors and nurse practitioners to minimize symptoms and side effects while living as fully as possible in the face of cancer. They will relay important information about understanding prognosis, and they translate what doctors mean when they describe tests, treatments, medical procedures as well as the meaning of hope. Finally, they discuss hospice care and answer questions about continuing treatment and managing the final phase of life.

Dr. Vicki Jackson, is the Chief of the Division of Palliative Care at Mass General Hospital in Boston, one of the largest programs of its kind in the country. She guides a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, social workers, and chaplains who provide care to improve quality of life for patients living with serious illness.
Dr. Jackson was a founding clinician in the outpatient palliative care program at Mass General, a means for providing pain relief, symptom management, and patient support early in the course of cancer treatment. In the past five years, this program has grown by 400 percent and has become a national and international model for treating and empowering patients shortly after diagnosis. She is also the lead palliative care investigator in numerous clinical trials studying the benefits of the early integration of palliative care into cancer care. Each year Dr. Jackson travels across the country and internationally to speak to members of the medical community about the benefits of outpatient palliative care. As an educator, Jackson served as the first director of the Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship and in that role, helped to develop its curriculum. She is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and is the co-director of the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care.

Dr. David Ryan is Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology at Mass General Hospital. He is also the Clinical Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, which is consistently ranked as one of the top cancer centers in the country. Prior to taking on these administrative roles, Dr. Ryan was recognized as the go-to oncologist in New England for the treatment of colon and pancreatic cancer. Boston Magazine consistently ranks him as one of the top oncologists in a city full of top clinician scientists and the New England Journal of Medicine invited him to review the management of pancreatic cancer. During his career he has led numerous clinical trials on innovative treatments and targeted therapies to treat gastrointestinal cancers. At Mass General, he has taken a special interest in creating multidisciplinary teams that can enhance patient care. That means bringing different types of oncology specialists into teams that can advise each other on how to treat difficult cases. He has also helped to create inpatient physician rounds that involve students, residents and nursing staff. He was an early proponent with Dr. Vicki Jackson of integrating palliative care into cancer care. He is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

About Drs Jackson and Ryan’s book  Living with Cancer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Coping Mentally and Emotionally with a Serious Illness

Living with Cancer is comprehensive, straightforward, and just plain wise. From the practical details of diagnosis and treatment to the deep meaning of hope, it offers answers to the questions that people facing cancer have and guidance for how to live–truly live–with this disease. If you have cancer, or love someone who does, read this.”
—Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, Author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End