2015 POGO Symposium on Childhood Cancer

The 2015 POGO Multi-Disciplinary Symposium on Childhood Cancer – An Integrated Approach to Relapse  examined what happens to the child, family and health-care team at the time of, and following relapse, the associated psychosocial and medical issues that arise, and the resources, tools and strategies that may be harnessed to address these unique challenges.

Over 200 pediatric oncologists, nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals gathered to enhance their knowledge of management options for patients at the time of relapse and to look toward an ultimate goal of integrated care.


NOTE: The content of each presentation below captures the unedited information and opinions presented by the speakers. Please note that the information contained in the presentations was current at the time it was presented – there may be further information in subsequent literature. Listed speaker credentials were current at the time of presentation.


Care of the Relapsed Patient: The Current State of Affairs
Adam Rapoport, MD, FRCPC, MHSc
Brenda Weigel, MD, MSc

Toward Integrated Care
Donna Johnston, MD, FRCPC, FAAP

A Fine Balance: The Economics of Drug Therapy
Jaclyn Beca, MSc
Suzanne McGurn, RN, BScN, MPA
Judy Van Clieaf, RN, BScN, MN

Select Poster Presentations and Updates
Post-Chemotherapy Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Titers in a Pediatric Population
Lauren Friedman

An In-Progress Mixed Methods Study to Test the Usability of an Interactive Communication Tool to Help English-and French-Speaking Children Express their Cancer Symptoms
Rachel Hamilton

Impact of a Manualized Group Intervention for Bereaved Parents with Complicated Grief Symptoms: Month Follow-Up
Kyleigh Schraeder, PhD Candidate (clinical psychology)

POGO Mucositis Practice Guidelines
Paul Gibson, MD, FRCPC

Radiation, Palliation, Communication – Discussing Recurrent Malignancies and the Role of Radiotherapy
Normand Laperriere, MD, FRCPC, FRANZCR (Hon)


Quality or Quantity: Guiding Families through Difficult Decisions
Andrea Frolic, PhD
Pamela Hinds,PhD, RN, FAAN
Shayna Zelcer, MD, FRCPC

How Religion and Culture Affect Advanced Care Medical Decision Making
Pamela Mosher, MD, MDiv
Gerardo Quintanar, BA (Ph), PhD (Th)
Randi Zlotnik Shaul, JD, LLM, PhD

Canada on Capacity: Legal and Ethical Implications
Rose Geist, BSc, MD, FRCP(C)
Hon. Stephen Goudge, Q.C.
Lawrence Jardine, MD, FRCPC

Bridging the Divide: The Role of Complementary Therapies in End of Life Care
Lynda Balneaves, PhD, RN
Elena Ladas, PhD, RD

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