The Stowe Weekend of Hope is an annual forum that offers educational and inspirational programs for cancer survivors and their families. The aim of CCM’s May 4 workshop is to help patients arrive at doctors’ offices prepared to take a more active role in decisions about their care. The program will address the challenges to communication between patients facing advanced cancer, loved ones and healthcare providers. CCM founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman will introduce material from the Difficult Conversations Workbook, which they designed as a tool to help patients explore and communicate about such challenging subjects as prognosis, coping with uncertainty, risks and benefits of treatment options and quality-of-life issues.
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