Workshop D – Preparing Survivors for Transition

Presentation Description: Successful transition for the young adult survivor of childhood/adolescent cancer requires preparation of the survivor, family and health care providers beginning well in advance of the event.  As a health care provider, having a fundamental understanding of transition and normal transition benchmarks is essential.  Additional topics needing to be addressed include medical information about prior cancer treatment, current health and future risks; when and how to access appropriate care; and the importance of education, employment and interpersonal relationships.  Awareness of age-associated risk-taking behaviours and reinforcement of appropriate health promotion is indicated.  This workshop incorporated brief presentations and encouraged attendee participation in discussions aimed at enhancing practice in health care transition.

Workshop Facilitators:

Miriam Kaufman, BSN, MD, FRCPC
Head, Division of Adolescent Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto

David R. Freyer, DO, MS
Director, LIFE Cancer Survivorship & Transition Program
Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Wendy Hobbie, MSN, PNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Director
Cancer Survivorship Program
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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