Ask the Expert: Addressing Spiritual Needs Across the Cancer Care Continuum

Cancer is often a life-altering experience. Many cancer patients, survivors and caregivers find comfort in spirituality. Physicians, nurses and other health care providers can find it challenging to know how to best address their patients’ spirituality, grief and quality of life concerns. Join us as we learn more about addressing spiritual needs across the cancer care continuum from a panel of experts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve cultural/spiritual sensitivity and appreciate the role spirituality can have on cancer survivors across the cancer care continuum
  • Compare/contrast case management and palliative care
  • Identify at least three aspects of spiritual/cultural assessment
  • Understand the potential value of teaching The Four Things That Matter Most
  • Describe the role of spirituality in the care of patients with cancer care
  • Discuss an interprofessional model of spiritual care in cancer care
  • Identify ways to communicate with patients about their spiritual issues

Note: Registration is mandatory for participation. The event will be capped at 15 to 20 participants.


  • Dr. Christina Puchalski, MD, MS is Professor of Medicine and Health Science and Director at The George Washington University’s Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish). She’s also Co-Director of the MFA-GWU Supportive and Palliative Outpatient Clinic.
  • Dr. Jamie Aten, PhD is a disaster psychologist, author, and cancer survivor. He is founder and co-director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College.
  • Leslie Piet, RN, MA, CCM, CHPN, is a transition guide at Johns Hopkins Home Care Group.  
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm