4.7 Clinical Circumstances that Warrant Consultation with the Specialized Childhood Cancer Program
It is anticipated that some pediatric oncology patients under care in POGO Satellite Clinics will experience treatment complications and/or deterioration in health status which will be an indication to transfer to the appropriate specialized childhood cancer program. The list below is an attempt to highlight conditions which, when present or suspected, should prompt consultation with and possible transfer to the patient’s specialized childhood cancer program.
All patients may be seen for initial antibiotic therapy/stabilization before transfer to the appropriate specialized childhood cancer program. Also, blood product administration, if needed, should not be delayed while arranging transfer.
- Complex fever and neutropenia
- Patients with high-risk diseases or on high-intensity protocols (such as AML, post-stem cell transplant or induction phase of treatment).
- Patients presenting with sepsis syndrome.
- Patients with persistent fever beyond 5 days or return of fever after period of defervescence.
- Patients with presumed surgical focus (such as recent surgery, appendicitis and typhlitis).
- Evidence of significant local infection (such as tunnel infection, peri-rectal abscess or cellulitis).
- Potential interstitial pneumonitis/pneumocystis pneumonia or pleural effusion
- Pericardial effusion, heart failure or superior vena cava syndrome
- Intracranial bleed or suspected increased intracranial pressure
- Seizures or unexplained or new neurological symptoms
- Spinal cord compression
- Bowel obstruction
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Concern of relapse or progression of tumour
- Acute renal dysfunction
- Acute hepatic dysfunction
Note: Bone marrow aspirates, tumour biopsies and diagnostics such as bronchoscopy are not to be performed in the POGO Satellite Clinic as the procedure will be repeated by the specialized childhood cancer program.
This guidance was updated by Dr. Paul Gibson, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, 2015. POGO gratefully acknowledges the following members of the 2021 Scope of POGO Satellite Program Clinical Panel for their review and input regarding Sub-Section 4.7 Clinical Circumstances that Warrant Consultation with the Specialized Childhood Cancer Program: Dr. Uzma Ahmed, Pediattrician and Lead Physician, POGO Satellite Clinic, Trillium Health Partners, Credit Valley Hospital; Dr. Sarah Alexander, Clinical Director, Division of Haematology/Oncology, The Hospital for Sick Children; Dr. Sarah Barker, Program Medical Director, Regional Women and Children’s Program, Mental Health Program, and Critical Care Program, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital; Dr. Carolyn Hutzal, Medical Director, POGO Satellite Program, Grand River Hospital; Dr. Mohammad Jarrar, Consultant Pediatrician and Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Windsor Regional Hospital; Dr. Donna Johnston, Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology, CHEO; Dr. Arif Manji, Staff Paediatric Oncologist and Chief of Paediatrics, Southlake Regional Health Centre; Ms. Cristina McCauley, POGO Provincial Coordinator, OCREB Studies, POGO and Clinical Support Nurse, Haematology/Oncology Ambulatory Day Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children; Kirsty Morelli, POGO Pediatric Oncology Satellite Nurse Coordinator, Scarborough Health Network, Centenary Hospital; Dr. Sean Murray, Medical Director, POGO Satellite Program, Northeast Cancer Centre, Health Sciences North; and Dr. Alexandra Zorzi, Division Head, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre.
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