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Whose Choice is it? The Dilemma of Complex Decision Making

Presentation Description:  This panel discussion explored the ethical dilemma of decision making by young adolescents considered cognitively able to make treatment decisions, but potentially challenged by the time horizon typical of their age.  It explored the decision making options available for local control of osteosarcoma of the lower limb through the eyes of a young survivor, his mother, a second survivor who now practices orthopedic oncology, and an ethicist.

Speakers:

Mark Greenberg, OC, MB, ChB, FRCPC, FAA
Medical Director, Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)
Professor of Paediatrics and Surgery, University of Toronto
POGO Chair in Childhood Cancer Control, University of Toronto

Michelle A. Mullen, MHP, PhD
Associate Professor Departments of Paediatrics & Women’s Studies
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
Consultant Bioethicist
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, ON

Kurt Richard Weiss, MD
Parent and Survivor
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology
Pittsburgh, PA

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