The 2011 POGO Multi-Disciplinary Symposium on Childhood Cancer – Unraveling the Mysteries of Transplantation – examined clinical and scientific advances in pediatric stem cell transplantation as treatment for various types of cancers. It focused on the medical and psychosocial impacts of this intensive intervention on patients, families, donors and survivors, and examined important ethical issues. A multi-disciplinary audience of over 270 healthcare professionals attended. Learning objectives included:
- Recognize and examine critical milestones in the evolution of pediatric stem cell transplantation.
- Identify and manage clinical complications affecting pediatric stem cell transplant patients.
- Recognize and mitigate psychosocial effects of transplant on patients, families, donors and survivors.
- Identify and evaluate ethical issues relating to pediatric stem cell transplantation.
- Demonstrate improved communication skills to promote co-operative integrated management of pediatric stem cell transplant patients.
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