Changing Prospects for Advanced Stage Cancer

Monday 27th November 2017

This study day is part of a series of educational events focusing on new approaches to “Living with and Beyond Cancer”

While chemotherapy can be a very important part of treatment, for some patients with advanced stage cancer there are many other options which are very likely to improve health, well-being, symptom control, and even survival.  

Helping patients to make wise choices about both the medical and non-medical options that are available can be difficult but is an important goal of care.


Whether or not a patient with advanced stage cancer chooses to have chemotherapy, there are a wide variety of other “non-medical” interventions in which they could also engage.  Some are supported by strong evidence of benefit, others are unproven but may still be beneficial, while yet others may in fact be harmful. 

How can we as health professionals best help our patients to navigate this confusing plethora of options?  Do patients who are “self-activated” do better than those who are passive and if so, can we encourage our patients to be more engaged?  And finally, how can we do this within the envelope of the available resources in the health service?

This study day will look at some of the many options that are available to patients with advanced stage cancer and explore how they could be integrated into packages of care.


Dr. Sharon Cook - The University of Liverpool

Anne Crook - The Christie

Tania Hawthorn - The Christie

Mike Jefferson - Cancer Rehab Specialist and Founder of Rehab online

Dr Mike Leahy - The Christie

Christina Shennan - Mindfulness Teacher, Lancashire.

Dr Jacqui Stringer - The Christie

Roger Wilson - Sarcoma UK Founder

Topics covered

The elements of an optimal care package for patients with advanced stage cancer, including:

  • The body and physical activity
  • The mind and psychological intervention
  • Diet
  • Complementary therapies
  • Resilience, empowerment, self-activation and hope
  • Medical therapies including unproven treatments
  • Intended Audience

    This day is suitable for:

  • Oncologists
  • Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Students
  • Academics
  • Non-clinical staff involved in service delivery for patients living with and beyond cancer, or dealing with palliative / end of life care
  • We welcome patients and carers who may wish to attend this event. Please note this is not intended to be a forum for addressing specific problems or obtaining personal clinical advice.

    Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the elements of an effective care package for patients with advanced stage cancer
  • The principles of self-activation including effective care planning, monitoring and clinical communication
  • Understand the patient experience of living with advanced stage cancer
  • Recognise the contribution of some holistic and alternative therapies in delivering better clinical outcomes
  • Fees

    £65 for general admission Funded places available for patients and carers. Please contact for info


    If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at this event, please email for further information on prices

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