PROS LMIC taskforce
The Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society (PROS) was established in 2007 as a global network of providers dedicated to improving the quality of radiotherapy in children diagnosed with cancer. Radiation oncologists treating children in low and middle income countries (LMIC) face special challenges, including lack of opportunities for advancing education and training, lack of mentorships and collaborations. PROS aims to empower providers from LMIC through education, mentorship, and advocacy.
PROS initiatives to date include
• Free membership for providers from LMIC (as per World Bank categorization) and
• Reduced membership fees for providers from higher-middle income countries.
• Online forums for professional networking and case discussions.
• Special LMIC workshops and symposia during biennial congresses
• Other educational programs are planned and pending collaboration with other organizations.
Going forward, the PROS LMIC taskforce aims to improve pediatric radiation oncology in LMIC through collaboration with each of the existing SIOP PODC groups:
• Abandonment of Radiation Treatment
• Adapted Radiation Therapy Regimens
• Palliative Radiation Therapy
• Supportive Care During Radiation Therapy
• Nutrition During Radiation Therapy
• Radiation Therapy Nursing
• Patient, Family, and Stakeholder Engagement in Radiation Therapy
• Twinning, Collaboration & Support Among Pediatric Radiation Oncologists
• Education and Training of Pediatric Radiation Oncologists
• Essential Drugs During Radiation Therapy
• Psycho-social Distress During Radiation Therapy
• Integrative Medicine with Radiation Therapy
- Pediatric radiation oncology (PRO) for LMIC workshop in Cairo/Egypt planned for March/April 2017.
- Alliance with SIOP-PODC organization to form working groups to produce further adapted guideline protocols for LMIC.
- Alliance between PROS PODC and ESTRO to teach at LMIC directed Paediatric radiotherapy workshops.(Planned for December 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand)
- Kortmann RD, Freeman C, Marcus K, Claude L, Dieckmann K, Halperin E, Esiashvili N, Paulino A, Mahajan A, Seiersen K, Ahern V, Ricardi U, Carrie C. Paediatric radiation oncology in the care of childhood cancer: A position paper by the International Paediatric Radiation Oncology Society (PROS). Radiother Oncol. 2016 May;119(2):357-60.
- Parkes JD,Hendricks M, SsenyongaP, Mugamba J, Molyneux E,Schouten-van Meeteren A,Qaddoumi,FieggenG,Luna-Fineman S,howard S,Mitra D, Bouffet E, DavidsonA, bailey S: SIOP PODC adapted treatment recommendations for standard-risk medulloblastoma in low and middle income settings/ Pediatr Blood cancer 2015 Apr;62(4):553-64