The experience of a child undergoing cancer treatment can be traumatic, distressing and isolating for parents and siblings as well as the patient. The impact on the whole family has been well understood by health professionals for many years, as has, the medical needs of the child, but also the necessity to provide services which look after the emotional and social needs of the family of the child. Parent support groups have been formed over the past thirty years to provide information and practical, emotional and financial support for families to enable them to cope with the difficulties associated with lengthy treatment – often many miles from home.
The International Confederation of Child Cancer Parent Organisations – ICCCPO – was set up in 1994 and is an umbrella organisation currently representing 148 parent organisations in 81 countries.
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IPSO is an international society of surgeons who specialise in the surgical care of children with cancer.
IPSO’s aims are:
- to set a global standard for surgical care of children with cancer
- to provide a forum and enhance communication between surgeons who specialise in children’s cancer
- to promote and support clinical trials aimed at improving the outcome in the treatment of children’s cancer
- to encourage co-operation with other organisations concerned with children’s cancer
Nurses strive to achieve a world where no child has cancer, and along the way continue to support those who continue to fight this disease. Nurses are in the proud position to provide evidence based supportive care for patients and their families through their cancer journey while also providing educational, psychosocial support and conducting nursing research.
The Annual SIOP Congress allows nurses to come together to celebrate these achievements and share clinical practice knowledge and nursing research successes with colleagues from around the world. The record number of nursing abstracts received this year ensures delegates will enjoy the nursing free paper sessions, Symposiums, keynote lectures and poster session.
Presentations will also be given from many colleagues in developing countries who will share and learn together with the SIOP nursing community. Many SIOP nursing members are actively participating in the working groups of the PODC committee, and more information about the work of these groups related to ‘Twinning’ projects and educational programs will be made available throughout the congress.
Meet the Expert Sessions
Free Paper Sessions
A total of 6 extremely topical sessions including: patient and family experience, the use of new technologies, nursing in countries with limited resources.
Paediatric Psycho Oncology Sessions
PODC (SIOP Committee on Developing Countries)
Although SIOP has been involved in the development of paediatric oncology in the less affluent countries for a long time, the Committee on Developing Countries (PODC Committee) was officially structured in 1998 and has the goal to further develop paediatric oncology in the developing countries.
The PODC Committee consists of 12 core committee members elected by the Board, over 60 consultants and the continental presidents. All members of SIOP interested in PODC can become consultant. The PODC Committee meets once a year, at the Annual SIOP congress. The meeting is open to all congress participants.
The activities carried out by SIOP under the co-ordination of the PODC Committee are:
- Collaborative Research Projects
- Clinical Trials
- Exchange Programmes
- Educational Programmes
- Sponsoring of Local Meetings
- Symposia and Workshops
- Contacts and Interactions with national and international, governmental and non-governmental agencies
Highlighting posters from across the globe.
Conceived by Christian Carrie during a meeting that he organised in Lyon in 2005 but created officially only in 2007, the Paediatric Radiation Oncology Society (PROS) can already be counted a great success. The original goals which were to promote interactions between pediatric radiation oncologists and support them in their practice have been met through the PROS congresses (Barcelona 2007, Montreal 2009, and Venice 2011) as well as joint sessions at the annual SIOP meetings that have been increasingly better structured and organized as a result of close collaboration between PROS and SIOP. PROS has established formal links as well with ESTRO, including the very successful Paediatric Radiation Oncology course that has been held twice already, in 2009 and 2011. Most recently PROS has collaborated with ASTRO to plan a joint symposium at the 2012 annual meeting that we hope will become an annual event.
On 4-5 October, PROS will host an Educational Course at the Barbican Center. For further information please click here
SIOP (Société Internationale d’Oncologie Pédiatrique) was established in the late 1960s. Under the name of International Society of Paediatric Oncology there exists an association governed by the present statutes and by the provisions of articles 60ff. of the Swiss Civil Code. Its registered office is in Zürich, Switzerland. The first annual general meeting was held in Madrid (Spain) in 1969 and was devoted to neuroblastoma, nephroblastoma, lymphosarcoma and immunology. Beginning with a few members in the late 1960s, the Society has now grown to ± 1,150 members living and working all over the world.
Each year the Society runs a scientific meeting on all aspects of paediatric oncology. Besides the annual meetings, SIOP sponsors regional and continental meetings to promote the exchange of information and good practice in paediatric oncology all over the world.
To keep in touch with all its members, the Society publishes a newsletter twice a year, has its Annual General Assembly once a year and has set up this web site of which parts are for members only.
From a few enthusiastic Founding members to more than 1,450 active members, SIOP remains a friendly Society in which all the challenges of treating patients with malignancies are discussed in depth.
On 5 October, SIOP will host an Education day pre-meeting at the Barbican Center. For further information please click here
Teenage Cancer Trust Sponsored Symposium