Forum 2017: Psychosomatic Care in Cancer: Empathy, Understanding and Communication

In the PAMEMMAZI Forum that took place on October 20, 2017, a year since Emma passed away to celebrate her life, 300 people attended. The dialogue between oncologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, patients, survivors and families touched our audience with its intimacy, honesty and courage. See the coverage by ANT1 TV (in Greek) για τη διημερίδα μας.

On Saturday, October 21, our 4 workshops attracted more than 120 participants (see descriptions below). In the evaluation survey distributed after the workshops, 46 respondents were unanimous on their enthusiasm for “first of all the personal stories of patients and the discussion,” the intimacy of the panel,” and the “multi-faceted approach on the subject from the perspectives of the patient, the doctor and the psychologist.”

We thank the four scientists and five patients, survivors and family members who were part of our panel on the stage of the American College’s theater, and who engaged in such an authentic and substantive discussion about cancer, the significance of holistic care, the support of psychosomatic health, the need to establish special spaces for teenagers and young adults, and the most effective strategies for communication and collaboration between doctors, patients, psychologists and families.

We also thank the facilitators of Saturday’s workshops who delighted our participants, with special thanks to the two American scientists who honored us.

Conclusions’ Report

Read here the Conclusions’ Report for the Forum 2017.


Friday, October 20, 2017 - Panel Presentation & Discussion

17:30 Registration


18:00 – 18:15 Commencement and Welcome speeches


18:15 – 18:45 Keynote SpeakerMichelle Riba

MD, MS, Professor and Associate Chair, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry and Depression Center, Director of PsychoOncology, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Care

Title: Emotional Aspects of Cancer

18:45 – 19:05 Kristin Baird

MD, Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist, Maryland, U.S.A.

Title: Patient-centered communication and shared decision making in cancer care.


19:05 – 19:25 Lori Wiener

PhD, Co-Director, Behavioral Health Core, Director, Psychosocial Support and Research Program, Pediatric Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health U.S.A.

Title: Psychosocial Therapeutic Interventions throughout the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Trajectory.


19:25 – 19:45 Dimitris Dikeos

MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry Athens University Medical School, Eginition Hospital.

Title: Management of sleep disturbance and other neuropshychiatric issues in oncology patients.

19:45 – 20:05 Alexandros Spyridonidis

MD, PhD, Professor of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Director of the Bone Marrow and Transplantation Unit, Patras University Medical School and Hospital, Greece.

Title: Particularities in young adult cancer patients.


20:05 Discussion

*Upon completion of the discussion, panel speakers will be available to receive your questions and comments at the theatre’s foyer until 9pm.


Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Workshops

**All 4 workshops will be held simultaneously, so please select and SIGN UP for ONLY ONE workshop.**

10:00 Registration

10:30 - 12:30 Workshops

12:30 - 13:10 Coffee Break

13:10 - 14:00 Conclusion

Panel speakers will facilitate the following workshops in collaboration with the following experts:

  • Dr. Lambros Yiotis MD, PhD, Psychiatrist
  • Mr. Vasileios Bountalis, Director of the Department of Social Services in the General Oncology Hospital “Aghii Anargyri”
  • Mr. Yiannis Dinos PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Oncology Hospital “Aghios Savvas”
  • Ms. Christina Fragiadakis Systemic Psychotherapist, Dramatherapist

Workshop 1: Communication and Management of Cancer in Young Adults and Their Families

Facilitators: K. Baird, Y. Dinos, A. Spyridonidis


Workshop 2: Strategies and tools for holding courageous conversations with cancer patients and their families

Facilitators: L. Wiener, V. Bountalis


Workshop 3: Cancer and distress – improving communication

Facilitators: M. Riba, D. Dikeos


Workshop 4: Drama therapy: “Without - a dramatherapy approach”
Facilitators: L. Yiotis, C. Fragiadakis

Certificates of attendance will be sent to all participants upon completion of the workshops.