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Topics Covered

  • Overview of Cancer Treatments
  • Definition of Adherence: Taking Your Pills on Schedule
  • Its Important Role in Managing Cancer
  • Barriers to Taking Your Pills
  • Practical Tips to Overcome These Barriers, including Family, Partners and Others
  • Computer, Tablet and Phone Reminders including Emails, Texts, and Apps
  • Planning Ahead: Lead Time in Refilling Prescriptions, Weekends, Travel and Holidays
  • Communicating with Your Health Care Team about Adherence
  • Reminders from Your Pharmacy and Pharmacist
  • Clinical Trials on Adherence
  • Questions for Our Panel of Experts

Our Panel of Experts

Kathryn J. Ruddy, MD, MPH

Director, Cancer Survivorship, Department of Oncology, Mayo Clinic

Barbara A. Given, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAPOS

University Distinguished Professor, Director of the PhD Program, College of Nursing, Michigan State University

Lisa M. Thompson, PharmD, BCOP

Pharmacy Program Coordinator, PGY2 Oncology Residency Program Director, Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center

Guadalupe R. Palos, DrPH, MSW, RN

Clinical Research Manager, Division of Medical Affairs, Department of Cancer Survivorship, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Carly O'Brien, MSW

Caregiver Program Coordinator, CancerCare


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Workshop Date

This workshop was originally recorded on February 10, 2016.

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The information presented in this workshop is provided for your general information only. It is not intended as medical advice and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultations with qualified health professionals who are aware of your specific situation. We encourage you to take information and questions back to your individual health care provider as a way of creating a dialogue and partnership about your cancer and your treatment.

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