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Teleconference on coping with terminal cancer

ELIZABETHTOWN - Each year the Hospice Foundation of America presents a nationally recognized distance learning program, live via satellite and webcast, to more than 125,000 people in 2,000 communities. For more than a decade, this annual educational program has been instrumental in educating health care professionals and families on issues affecting end-of-life care. The program provides an opportunity for a wide variety of professionals - including doctors, nurses, funeral directors, psychologists, educators, social workers and bereavement counselors - to share and exchange ideas and obtain continuing education credits.

This year, HFA's 17th Annual National Bereavement Teleconference focuses on "Cancer and End-of-Life Care." The teleconference will address care options related to cancer diagnoses, as well as loss and grief reactions for patients, families and professional care-givers. The teleconference will also examine psychosocial aspects of cancer, pain management, and ethical issues related to the disease. Moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, the program will be broadcast Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from 1:30-4 p.m. ET.

Local viewing will be possible at Elizabethtown Community Hospital. While there is no charge for the Teleconference, advance registration is required. Contact High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care at 546-9850 for registration materials.

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