2021 POGO AfterCare Education Day was hosted on Friday, May 14, 2021.
While the primary audience is interdisciplinary AfterCare health professionals who work with survivors, the program is certainly relevant to all who diagnose, treat and monitor children with cancer.
AfterCare Education Day is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the University of Toronto (5.5 credits). This event has been accredited by the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.
|8:25 am – 8:30 am||Opening Remarks|
|8:30 am – 8:45 am||The Lived Experience: Surviving my Brain Through Cancer & Friends|
Rabi Qureshi, Childhood Cancer Survivor
|8:45 am – 9:30 am||Optimizing Online Mental Health Counselling for Childhood Cancer Survivors|
Sara Ahola-Kohut PhD, CPsych, Pediatric Psychologist, IBD Centre Associate Scientist, SickKids Research Institute, The Hospital for Sick Children
Carly Fleming, MEd, RP (Registered Psychotherapist), Owner, everwell Integrated Health Professionals
|9:30 am – 9:45 am||Q&A/ Group Discussion|
|9:45 am – 10:00 am||Interactive Break|
|10:00 am – 10:30 am||YA sexuality: Challenges and Triumphs|
Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN , Certified Sexuality Counsellor and Clinical Nurse Specialist, CancerCare Manitoba
|10:30 am – 10:45 am||Q&A/ Group Discussion|
|10:45 am – 11:00 am||The Lived Experience: Navigating School and Work after Cancer|
Marell Tomeh, Public speaker, young adult cancer survivor and advisor
|11:00 am – 11:30 am||Exploring Childhood Cancer Survivors’ Experiences of the POGO School and Work Transitions Program|
Elaine Stasiulis, BSc, MA, PhD (c), Research Associate Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences
|11:30 am – 11:45 am||Q&A/ Group Discussion|
|11:45 am – 12:00 pm||Interactive Break|
|12:00 pm – 12:15 pm||The Lived Experience: Fertility after Cancer|
Vinesha Ramasamy, Childhood Cancer Survivor
|12:15 pm – 1:15 pm||Lunch and Learn Live Panel: Fertility Salvage – Options and Challenges|
Moderator: Stacey Marjerrison, MD MSc, FRCPC, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
AfterCare Program Medical Director, McMaster Children’s Hospital
Clarisa Gracia, MD, MSCE, Nancy Wolfson Professor and Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Neal, BSc. (Hons), MSc, Scientific Director and Co-Founder, ONE Fertility
Gwendolynn Quinn, PhD, Endowed Chair and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Vice-Chair Research and Professor of Population Health, Division of Medical Ethics New York University Grossman School of Medicine
Vinesha Ramasamy, Childhood Cancer Survivor
|1:15 pm – 1:30 pm||Q&A/ Group Discussion|
|1:30 pm – 1:45 pm||QUICK HIT: Improving Cardiac Screening for Survivors: Moving Beyond Expert Opinion|
Matthew J. Ehrhardt, MD, MS, Assistant Member, Division of Cancer Survivorship
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
|1:45 pm – 2:00 pm||QUICK HIT: New Evidence to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening|
Danielle Novetsky Friedman, MD MS, Assistant Member, Division of General Oncology, Pediatric Long-Term Follow-Up Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
|2:00 pm – 2:10 pm||Q&A/ Group Discussion|
|2:10 pm – 2:15 pm||Closing Remarks/Evaluation|
2021 AfterCare Education Day will examine selected clinical and psychosocial issues impacting childhood cancer survivors. Attendees will enhance their knowledge of late effects associated with childhood cancer and be exposed to new strategies to manage this unique patient population.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify strategies to optimize mental health counselling for childhood cancer survivors.
- List the ways in which sexual health can be affected by a history of childhood cancer and examine strategies to mitigate these effects, in order to improve patients’ quality of life.
- Describe the objectives and results of the POGO School and Work Transitions Study.
- Examine the ethical and clinical challenges of fertility salvage for female childhood cancer survivors and discuss ways to improve options for survivors when fertility preservation is not possible.
- Explain changes to cardiac and colorectal screening guidelines for childhood cancer survivors and consider practice change implications.
- Acknowledge the lasting emotional, physical and social impacts of survival on childhood cancer survivors, as articulated by those survivors, and consider ways to mitigate these impacts through meaningful practice change.
Clara Jordan, Educational Events Coordinator
Claire Slaughter, Program Assistant, Communications and Education