Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) works to ensure that everyone affected by childhood cancer has access to the best care and support. We partner to achieve an excellent childhood cancer care system for children, youth, survivors, and their families and healthcare teams, in Ontario and beyond. POGO champions childhood cancer care, and as the collective voice of this community, is the official advisor to Ontario’s Ministry of Health on children’s cancer control and treatment. POGO is a non-profit organization with charitable status, here for kids with cancer, for now, for life.
In 1983, a group of passionate and visionary pediatric oncologists founded POGO and today, our trusted programs and services have been adopted or modelled nationally and internationally across various areas of care.
POGO provides leadership and support for regular, province-wide consultations, resulting in long-range system plans that have helped shape and coordinate childhood cancer care in Ontario, including the current Childhood Cancer Care Plan. POGO has begun planning for the next five-year Childhood Cancer Care Plan, 2024 – 2029. We want to better understand how to improve childhood cancer care by hearing the perspectives of those who have lived experience with childhood cancer or a brain tumour as a patient/survivor, parent, relative or friend.
POGO receives core funding from the Ministry of Health, and an engaged and supportive donor base provides additional funding for POGO research, financial assistance for families and The POGO School and Work Transitions Program for survivors.