We began by discussing how to manage conversations around depression and anxiety. We shared guidance on opening up conversations around spirituality and sex and relationships and tips on supporting patients with these. Finally, we explored how to talk to children about cancer, and how to open up conversations around finance.

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  • 09.00 – 09.10: Introduction – Nicci Murphy, Specialist Pancreatic Cancer Nurse, Pancreatic Cancer UK 
  • 09.10 – 09.45: Depression and anxiety – Dr Anna Taylor, Academic Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 
  • 09.45 – 10.05: Spirituality – The Revd Susan van Beveren, Head of Pastoral & Spiritual Support, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Hounslow & Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • 10.05 – 10.25: Sex and relationships – Dr Isabel White, Psychosexual Therapist & Director of Clinical Service Improvement, Perci Health Ltd
  • 10.25 – 10.30: Break
  • 10.30 – 10.50: Talking to children about cancer – Dr Caroline Leek, Director, Fruit Fly Collective 
  • 10.50 – 10.55: Finance – Nicci Murphy, Specialist Pancreatic Cancer Nurse, Pancreatic Cancer UK 
  • 10.55 – 11.15: Panel Q&A 
  • 11.15 – 11.20: Close 

Who is this session for?

This session is suitable for all health professionals who are responsible for breaking bad news or having conversations with their pancreatic cancer patients and their families around palliative care, end of life, depression and anxiety, spirituality or sex and relationships. This is also suitable for students.

Watch the presentations

Recording from Managing difficult conversations- Part two - First half
Recording from Managing difficult conversations- Part two- Second half

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at hpnetwork@pancreaticcancer.org.uk