May 16 - 18, 2024 Brasilia - Brazil

Program Palliative Care Workshop


The disease, the patient, and the health professional


8 am – 10:05 am

8:00 am – 8:25 am       How to explain more and apologize less? How I do it.

Difficulties and communication strategies along the patient’s journey. From BI-RADs, biopsy results, proposing surgery, potential complications and sequelae of surgery, the need for adjuvant treatment, to detecting recurrence or metastatic disease.

8:25 am – 8:50 am        What are the best options for dealing with treatment adverse events and improving patient compliance?

What are the most common patient complaints and how to deal with them?

8:50 am – 9:15 am        Former cancer patient forever?

How to deal with the risk of relapse and secondary neoplasms and the patients’ fear? Strategies to reintegrate them into a “normal” life routine. How to deal with fertility issues?

9:15 am – 9:40 am      What is compassion fatigue, how to identify it and how to deal with it?

When and why it happens. Is it bad? Is there anything we can do to avoid it?

9:40 am – 10:05 am     Discussion

10:05 am – 10:35 am   Coffee Break


10:35 am – 12 pm

10:35 am – 11:00 am    What’s on the other side of the diagnosis?

What are the feelings, expectations and emotions of patients and their families during the course of the disease?

11:00 am – 11:25 am    Which path to choose to be the best?

How to improve communication so that it is empathetic and effective, and what are the strategies for dealing with patients (and their families) with unyielding expectations that go far beyond reality.

11:25 am – 11:50 am    When having conversations about life and death, what should we not say?

Communicating well does not mean communicating “everything”. How to set the limit and not exceed the patient’s wishes and expectations regarding the information they want.

11:50 am – 12 pm     

Debates, closing remarks