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

Pamemmazi organizes its first annual two-day Forum “Psychosomatic Care in Cancer: Empathy, Understanding and Communication” on October, 20th & 21st 2017.

Our goal is to promote Our goal is to promote the importance of empathy at all levels of health care and the need of a patient centered holistic approach with respect to patients’ choices. We are focusing on adolescents and young adults, on the communication of patients and their families with the health professionals and on the assessment and management of cancer and its therapeutic regimen psychiatric and psychological side effects.

We invite patients, survivors, families and caregivers, doctors, psychologists and social workers, nurses and all health professionals who support cancer patients.

Our Forum is organized under the auspices of University of Athens and University of Patras Medical Schools and is supported by CBMDP “Save a Life” and by the Hellenic Society for the Advancement of Psychiatry and Related Sciences.


In order to register at the two-day Forum 2017 on October, 20th & 21st 2017 click here


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.


In order to register at the two days Forum 2017 on October, 20th & 21st 2017 click here