Interactive Group Discussion – Looking Through the “Retrospectoscope”: Discussing the Burden of Curing

Presentation Description:
Treating survivors with profound and devastating late effects is a sobering and sometimes guilt-inducing experience. We can ‘cure’, but at what cost? This interactive group discussion, moderated by Jonathan Hellmann, Neonatologist and Ethicist at SickKids in Toronto, explored the burden of curing and the ambiguity that pediatric oncology professionals delivering survivor care may face when re-examining treatment decisions made years ago, and their consequences. Three vignettes were presented to kick-start the discussion.


Jonathan Hellmann, MBBCh, FCP, FRCPC
Clinical Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

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