The 2021 POGO Multidisciplinary Symposium on Childhood Cancer – Advancing Care in a Post-COVID World – will examine the current state and future directions of pediatric cancer care, with particular emphasis on innovation, mental health and the latest clinical and scientific advances.
Physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and other health professionals will:
- Enhance their knowledge of new and innovative diagnostic and treatment options for various forms of childhood cancer;
- Improve their ability to manage the psychosocial impacts of pediatric cancer on patients, families and health teams, and
- Be challenged to consider how to harness innovation to transform the landscape of care.
Participants will be able to:
- Explain predictors of caregiver distress and resilience and identify strategies to foster resiliency in caregivers of children and teens with cancer.
- Describe the eligibility, clinical application, side effects and benefits of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors (ICIs) for various types of pediatric cancer.
- Identify barriers to clinical trials for pediatric oncology patients and explore innovative strategies to improve access to clinical trials and other novel therapies.
- Summarize new indications for CAR-T cell therapy for both ALL and AML.
- Explain methods to enhance infection control in the pediatric oncology population, with specific focus on bacterial sepsis, central line infections, invasive fungal disease (IFD) and HPV.
- Summarize the strengths and challenges of current models of aftercare and consider how innovation could shape future models.
- Describe the ways in which the delivery of palliative care to pediatric oncology patients has been challenged and changed during the pandemic.
- Practice applying the principles of mindful medical practice into professional practice.