Presentation Description: Managing your health after cancer can be overwhelming, but empowerment is the key. That’s why POGO created the Passport to Health and Survivor Care Plan Package, a tool that is specially customized to each survivor to help them learn about late effects they may be at risk for and keep track of treatment information. This workshop provided an overview of this innovative tool, how to get it and what you need to do to successfully manage your health for years to come.
Speaker: Carla Bennett, RN, BN Coordinator of Clinical Programs
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
Presentation Description: This presentation provided an overview of exercise-based strategies for cancer survivors that serve to preserve and restore quality of life by overcoming the myriad of physical limitations and secondary risks imposed by previous cancer diagnoses, surgical interventions and therapeutic treatments.
Presentation Description: Survivors of childhood cancer are at increased risk of developing chronic medical conditions, primarily as a direct result of the treatments they received to cure their cancers (for example radiation, combination chemotherapy). Endocrine or hormone problems are among the most common chronic medical conditions seen in adult survivors of childhood cancer. Hormone problems are most often seen in persons who were treated with radiation to the brain, neck or pelvic area and those who received high doses of a class of chemotherapy drugs called alkylation agents (such as cyclophosphamide, busulfan, melphalan, thiotepa). Hormone problems can affect growth, sexual development, stamina, and overall well being. Fortunately, many hormone problems are treatable.
This presentation reviewed the major hormone complications seen in survivors of childhood cancer, risk factors for these problems, as well as common symptoms and treatment approaches.
Speaker: Mark Greenberg
Senior Adviser, Policy & Clinical Affiars
Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO), Toronto
Senior Staff Oncologist
Division of Haematology/Oncology, SickKids, Toronto
Professor of Paediatrics & Surgery, University of Toronto
Presentation Description: One of the most frequently reported and debilitating neurocognitive symptoms following a neurological illness involving the brain is that of memory impairment. The presentation provided an overview of the neurocognitive changes that can occur following cancer treatment with an emphasis on memory function. A few strategies were covered that are known to be effective in addressing milder memory symptoms, including commercial smartphones that are optimally suited to support day-to-day memory functioning.