Cytotoxic chemotherapy is a foundational tool in the treatment of childhood cancers. These agents, used alone or in combination, have been pivotal to the sharp increase in survival rates for pediatric oncology patients over the past four decades. Despite all of these successes, the administration and monitoring of patients treated with these drugs remain complex, high risk, and challenging. This workshop will provide an introduction to chemotherapy agents. Mechanisms of action, common and important toxicities, and tips around safe administration and the management of complications will be discussed in an interactive environment.
Lisa Egan-Bates, RN, BScN,
POGO Pediatric Oncology Satellite Nurse Coordinator,
Southlake Regional Health Centre
Lisa Egan-Bates is Satellite Nurse Coordinator at Southlake Regional Health Centre,the seventh POGO Satellite Clinic, where she welcomed the first patients in February 2009. Lisa graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an interest in pursuing a career in pediatric oncology. Since then, Lisa has been an inpatient RN at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, The Hospital for Sick Children and at Children’s Hospital, London. She now has the honour and privilege of caring for children with cancer and their families in the POGO satellite setting. She is the recipient of the Patricia Norman Patient Experience Award, and has been recognized for her dedication in educating staff, students and other professionals at POGO Satellite Clinics.
Paul Gibson, MD, FRCPC,
Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre,
Associate Medical Director,
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario,
Dr. Paul Gibson is a graduate of the School of Medicine at Queen’s University. He completed pediatric residency training at BC Children’s Hospital prior to subspecialty training at The Hospital for Sick Children. He joined the Section of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) full-time in 2010. He has served as Physician Lead in the LHSC Computerized Provider Order Entry project and is currently a Physician Lead in the PowerChart Oncology project. Dr. Gibson has served as Medical Officer and Associate Medical Director of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO) since 2015. His role with POGO includes medical support of the POGO Satellite Program and leading POGO’s efforts in drug and technology access.