Presentation Description: Some survivors of childhood cancer may be at a higher risk for developing another cancer – but not all survivors are. This presentation explained what puts survivors at risk and provided strategies to decrease the risk.
Speaker: Mark Greenberg, OC, MB, ChB, FRCPC, FAAP
Senior Adviser, Policy & Clinical Affiars
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), Toronto
Senior Staff Oncologist
Division of Haematology/Oncology, SickKids, Toronto
Professor of Paediatrics & Surgery, University of Toronto
Presentation Description: This presentation discussed the role of body image and self esteem in healthy psychosocial development and overall happiness of one’s sexual self. For childhood cancer survivors these components can play a more complicated role. Some survivors struggle with body image and low self-esteem, whilst others feel that their self-esteem and body image are even stronger than their peers. This presentation included strategies on how to improve one’s sexual self.
Presentation Description: This presentation provided an overview of exercise-based strategies for cancer survivors that serve to preserve and restore quality of life by overcoming the myriad of physical limitations and secondary risks imposed by previous cancer diagnoses, surgical interventions and therapeutic treatments.
Presentation Description: Insurance and financial planning issues can be difficult to navigate even at the best of times. For those of us with a complex medical history, obtaining life insurance, disability insurance and/or supplemental health plans can often feel like an impossibility. This presentation explained why these coverages are so important, common roadblocks to securing insurance and outlined steps that cancer survivors can take to better their chances of securing appropriate coverage.
Speaker: Glen Oliver, CFP, CLU, CHFC
Financial Planning Consultant
Glen Oliver & Associates Financial Consultants Inc., Toronto
Presentation Description: Certain chemotherapy drugs such as anthracyclines and/or radiation in the heart region, have greatly improved survival of childhood cancer, but can have late effects on heart function. Dr. Ross Davies, an adult Cardiologist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, has experience with heart failure and heart transplantation, including some patients who have been survivors of childhood cancer. In this presentation, he discussed the effects of chemotherapy and radiation on the heart, non-invasive cardiac diagnostic tests used to assess heart function such as echocardiography or radionuclide ventriculography, cardiac medications which can be given to improve heart function and heart healthy behavior including diet and exercise advice for survivors of pediatric cancer. He also explored some of the relevant publications such as the Children’s Cancer Survivor Study.
Speaker: Ross Davies, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FACC
Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Member, Heart Failure, Transplant and Pulmonary Hypertension Programs