Description: Clinical trials remain the most critical tool to improve outcome in paediatric cancer. This workshop will review current regulatory and ethics regulations and preview the upcoming roll out of the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB) to satellite care. Interactive case discussions will highlight important elements of reporting adverse events that occur on study. Furthermore, the session will include a preview of a variety of upcoming OCREB trials and an open discussion of research challenges in the satellite context.
Sarah Alexander, MD
Clinical Director, Haematology/Oncology, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
Sarah Alexander is the clinical director of the Division of Haematology/ Oncology at SickKids. She is a member of the leukemia and lymphoma section. Her research is focused on infectious complications of chemotherapy and strategies for the treatment of children with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She has been working with POGO, OCREB and leads from the other centres on optimizing the system for regulatory compliance and REB oversight for patients enrolled on clinical trials who receive care at tertiary and satellite centres.
Paul Gibson, MD, FRCPC
Pediatric Oncologist, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), London, ON
Medical Officer, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario
Assistant Professor, Western University, London, ON
Paul Gibson is a graduate of Queen’s University’s Medical School. He completed pediatric residency training at B.C. Children’s Hospital prior to subspecialty training at The Hospital for Sick Children. He joined the Section of Pediatric Haematology and Oncology at Children’s Hospital full time in 2010. He has served as Physician Lead in the LHSC Computerized Provider Order Entry and PowerChart Oncology projects. Dr. Gibson has served as Medical Officer of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) since 2015. His role with POGO includes medical support of the POGO Satellite program and a member of the executive oversight committee of the provincial pediatric oncology planning process.
Description: This workshop will explore the complexities of managing mental health symptoms when they arise during treatment, as well as potential collaborative models of care to help facilitate improved quality of life outcomes for this population of children and families.
Jane Cassano, MSW, RSW
Pediatric Oncology Social Worker, McMaster Children’s Hospital, Hamilton, ON
Jane Cassano has been a pediatric oncology social worker at McMaster Children’s Hospital for the past 18 years. Her focus has been adolescents with cancer and their transition to off therapy. In recent years, Jane has been advocating for mental health services for pediatric oncology patients.
Danielle Cataudella, PsyD, CPsych
Clinical Psychologist, Departments of Pediatric Psychology and Oncology, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON Adjunct Professor Schools of Medicine and Psychology, Western University, London, ON
Danielle Cataudella is a clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital, London, Ontario. She completed her doctoral degree and residency program in 2002, and is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario with specialized practice in health and rehabilitation across the lifespan. For the past 15 years, the focus of her work has been in the area of pediatric oncology. She has been involved in multi-centre provincial and national research studies including validation of a family distress screening tool in Ontario, the development of an instrument to assess quality of life in children with advanced cancers, and a social skills intervention for childhood brain tumour survivors. Dr. Cataudella is a member of the Children’s Oncology Group’s Behavioural Science Discipline and is actively involved in the Patient-Reported Outcomes Sub-Committee. She has served on several POGO committees, currently acting as Co-Chair of the Psychosocial Services Committee and member of the Provincial Research Unit; she is also collaborating with the Supportive Care Committee on the development of fatigue guidelines for this population.
Description: This interactive workshop will identify common fears and anxieties children face during cancer treatment and highlight strategies and hands-on tools used to support these patients and families to enhance coping in a satellite setting.
Ruth Cull (Molly Penny), Therapeutic Clown
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, ON
As a registered practical nurse working in the operating room at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Ruth Cull would sometimes clown around on the job, but she never imagined that one day clowning around would be her job! In 2001, Ruth went off to the University of Wisconsin’s clown school where she successfully graduated as a clown.
Back at CHEO, Ruth discovered the inherent power of a clown’s red nose to make kids, families and staff laugh. For the next four years, Ruth worked in the operating room two days a week as an OR tech, and in the Child Life Program three days as “Molly Penny,” therapeutic clown. Ruth now dedicates her time to working only in the therapeutic clown program three days a week where her medical background comes in handy when taking kids on “Clown Rounds,” and when working with staff, and medical, pharmacy and psychology students to raise awareness and understanding of the therapeutic clown program.
Alexandra Frankel, BSc, CLSt Dipl, CCLS
Certified Child Life Specialist, Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, Centenary Site, Scarborough, ON
Alexandra Frankel completed both her undergraduate and professional education at McMaster University. Alexandra is currently working as a certified child life specialist at the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital (SRH), Centenary Site and in the Emergency Department at McMaster Children’s Hospital. At the SRH, Alexandra provides child life services to children in various areas of the hospital including the POGO Satellite Oncology Clinic. She leads the pediatric pain-working group and is a member of the pediatric palliative care committee. Alexandra has had a longtime clinical interest in working with pediatric oncology patients and families in a psychosocial capacity. She has been involved with Camp Oochigeas in a volunteer role for the past 11 years.
Todd Wharton, CRPO, OATA, CACPT
Registered Psychotherapist; Registered Art Therapist; Certified Play Therapy Assistant, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON
Todd Wharton has been practicing in the field of child and youth mental health for over 30 years, with over 20 years as an art therapist. He has been providing assessment and treatment in a variety of settings and modalities throughout Children’s Hospital, both in medical and mental health areas. The practice of art and play therapy offers a unique approach in being able to provide services to all ages as an alternative to the traditional “talk therapies.” Having been employed at Children’s Hospital for 18 years, Todd has utilized both conventional and sometimes rather unusual and fun approaches to connect with children and youth to provide them the opportunity to explore and express their concerns regarding the impact of their diagnoses and treatment. Working at Children’s Hospital provides the flexibility of allowing children and youth to direct their involvement in their own healing processes.
Description: Each centre has different methods for central line care; this workshop will teach some tips and tricks of central line care/accessing ports, and reassure staff that there is more than one “right” way to do it.
Patti Bambury, RN, BScN
POGO Satellite Nurse Coordinator, Grand River Hospital, Kitchener, ON
Patti Bambury is the POGO Satellite Coordinator at Grand River Hospital. She has been involved in many POGO committees including the nursing committee, the steering committee of POGO’s Provincial Pediatric Oncology Plan and related working groups, and she has served on the POGO Board of Directors. Her entire nursing career has been in paediatrics, starting in Pasenda, California, to Toronto and SickKids, and currently Kitchener and Grand River Hospital. She is a graduate of Mohawk College, Nursing and BScN at McMaster University.
Monica Kaczycki, RN, CPHON
Clinical Educator, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON
Monica Kaszycki is the Clinical Educator for both the inpatient and outpatient oncology services at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre. Monica holds both a CPHON certification and is a certified APHON instructor.
Kaniska Young Tai (Kyt), BScN, RN, CPHON
Outreach Clinical Program Coordinator, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
Kyt completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in 2002. While working overseas, he met a very brave 12 year-old-boy on an oncology unit and decided then to work in pediatric oncology. He’s been at Sickkids for almost 10 years and has worked in a variety of roles in the haematology/oncology department; most recently as the outreach clinical program coordinator, a position that helps deliver patient care closer to home.
Description: Each speaker was given 15 minutes to talk and answer questions from the audience.
Brentuximab: A New Treatment Approach for Hodgkin Lymphoma
Serina Patel, MD, FRCPC
Pediatric Haematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Western Ontario, London, ON
Serina Patel is a pediatric haematologist/oncologist at Children’s Hospital, LHSC. Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, she attended McGill University for post-secondary studies, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree. She returned to Newfoundland for her medical studies and pediatric residency. Following this, she moved to Ottawa to pursue her fellowship in pediatric haematology/oncology. Since the completion of fellowship in 2014, she has worked at Children’s Hospital. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science (epidemiology) degree from the University of Ottawa. Her research focus includes the late effects of childhood cancer therapy, specifically with regards to fertility.
Approach to Immunization in Off Therapy Patients
Jeffrey Pernica, MD, FRCPC, DTMH
Head, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Paediatrics; Associate Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton ON
Jeffrey Pernica completed his paediatric residency at Dalhousie University, his infectious disease fellowship at the University of Ottawa, his tropical medicine training at the Gorgas Memorial Institute, and his epidemiology training at McMaster University. His clinical interests, aside from infectious disease in general, include tropical medicine (he is a member of the Canadian Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel) and immunization (he is a member of the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee on Immunization and runs the Special Immunization Clinic at McMaster Children’s Hospital). His research interests are focused on the optimization of diagnosis and treatment of respiratory infections in high-income countries and of enteric infections in resource-limited settings, primarily via prospective clinical trials. He is an associate professor at McMaster University and the recipient of a Hamilton Health Sciences Early Career Award. He has received research funding from Hamilton Health Sciences, the Physicians’ Services Incorporated Foundation and Grand Challenges Canada.
Dasatinib and High Risk ALL
Vicky Breakey, BSc, MD, MEd, FRCPC
Paediatric Haematologist/Oncologist; Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
Vicky Breakey received her medical degree from the University of Calgary Medical School in Calgary, Alberta. She completed her paediatric residency training and fellowship training in pediatric haematology/oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. She pursued her Master of Education degree at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. In 2011, she joined the Department of Paediatrics at McMaster University as a pediatric haematologist/oncologist.
Dr. Breakey provides clinical care to children with cancer and blood disorders. She is an enthusiastic teacher for patients, parents, medical students, residents and fellows. Her current research interests include clinical studies for children with immune thrombocytopenia, the development of online self-management programs to prepare teens with medical conditions for transition to adult care and nutritional issues for infants with cancer.
CAR-T / Blinotumomab
Sue Zupanec, MN, NP-Paediatrics
Nurse Practitioner, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
Sue Zupanec graduated the Masters of Nursing Program with an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Toronto in April 2002. Since then Sue has worked as a nurse practitioner in the Leukemia/Lymphoma Section, Haematology/Oncology Program at The Hospital for Sick Children. Sue is the current education chair on the Children’s Oncology Nursing Steering Committee.