5/17/23: Will I Get Better? Knowledge and Skills to Facilitate Difficult Conversations In Oncology

Time:  May 17, 2023, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Central Time

Note: If you are unable to attend the live event, you will be automatically enrolled in the on-demand version.  The on-demand version will be available six weeks after the live broadcast.

Description: Patient and family inquiries about recovery arise routinely in clinical practice, yet many healthcare providers have little preparation or training for how to formulate a prognosis or deliver this information. This poses a challenge to providers, especially when managing patients who have less favorable prognostic indicators. This webinar aims to shine a light on challenges clinicians face and best practices to encourage interprofessional team reflection on this essential clinical skill as well as gaining more confidence in managing difficult conversations in healthcare. 

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss challenges clinicians face communicating with individuals with an advanced cancer diagnosis.
  • Describe current approaches and data regarding prognostication practices within cancer rehabilitation and oncology.
  • Identify communication frameworks for engaging in difficult conversations with patients in the cancer rehabilitation setting.
  • Apply communication frameworks to common difficult conversations that occur in the cancer rehabilitation setting.

Instructors: Julia Fram, MD and Jan Struhar, PT, DPT

Audience: Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Social Workers and Speech-Language Pathologists

Continuing Education Credits


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This CNE is being offered for 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

In order to receive contact hours for the live event, nurses must attend the entire webinar and complete the evaluation.  For the on-demand self-study they must also complete a post-test with a minimum passing score.

Occupational Therapists: 

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 5805. This distance learning interactive webinar is offered at .15 CEUs [intermediate, professional issues]. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Physical Therapists:

The Illinois Physical Therapy Board has approved this course for 1.5 Contact Hours.  Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.  This course has been approved by the New York Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. 

The following states require continuing education units with no state-specific approval:  CT, IA, and WA

Social Workers:

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is registered by the State of Illinois to sponsor continuing education programs for social workers.

This program will award 1.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

Sponsor License #159001466.

Speech-Language Pathologists:


Course Directors and Planning Committee Members:

Julie Lenkiewicz, MS, CCC-SLP - Has nothing to disclose.
Melissa Kolski, PT, OCS, Dip MDT - Has nothing to disclose.
Leslie Marriott, OT - Has nothing to disclose.
Pamela Pfeifer, MS, RN, NPD-BC - Has nothing to disclose.


Speakers, Moderators and Panelists:

Julie Fram, MD - Has nothing to disclose.
Jan Struhar, PT, DPT - Has nothing to disclose.

Technology Requirements: To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported.

High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended.

Additional requirements include:

  • Web browser: latest stable version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer as it is not supported.

      Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of a live webinar, please provide written notice by email or by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.


      Online Learning Nurses Occupational Therapists Occupational Therapy Assistants OTA and PTA Physical Therapist Assistants Physical Therapists Social Workers Speech Language Pathologists


      Cancer Communication Psychology