Cancer Prevention Approaches for People with Mental Illnesses and Addictions
Start Date: December 16, 2014
End Date: December 16, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 1:30 PM -- 3:00 PM EST
Over the past decade, the mental health and addiction treatment fields have collaborated with general healthcare to meet the needs of people with behavioral health disorders who also have high prevalence rates of chronic health disorders — namely diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. The lesser discussed killer? Cancer. New research shows that individuals with serious mental illnesses have poorer outcomes relative to the general population following a diagnosis of cancer. This indicates the importance of providing integrated care to patients once they have been diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately, individuals with behavioral health disorders are often reluctant to discuss their behavioral health issues with their primary care providers and other medical specialists. They see the medical field as compartmentalized — their interactions with the behavioral health world are separate from their general healthcare world. This can undermine the effectiveness of care for those who need treatment for cancer.
Join Dr. Rebecca Selove as she discusses the impact of cancer on the clients and families. She will share information about how researchers and providers can work together to eliminate cancer disparities among people with mental illness and addiction disorders. Joining her will be Mandi Pratt-Chapman, Director of the GW Cancer Institute, who will identify opportunities for practitioners working with the behavioral health population to get involved, spread awareness, and become more informed about cancer control. The presentation will highlight resources available through the GW Cancer Institute to help practitioners find information on cancer screening and navigation and get trained on survivorship care. Their presentations will be followed by a Q & A session with webinar registrants.
Speakers: Rebecca Selove, Tennessee State University and Mandi Pratt-Chapman, GW Cancer Institute
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