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This year we celebrate 10 years of Pediatric Psycho-Oncology (SIOP-PPO) and SIOP has a great program for you if you are interested in pediatric psycho-oncology!

This year’s meeting in Washington will be special with interesting Psycho-Oncology topics on both the Educational Day as well as in the main program. The Educational Day sessions will include the following speakers:

  • Survivorship: Julia Rowland (What have we learned about Survivorship, Where do we go from here?) and Gisela Michel (Late outcomes in Parents of Children with Cancer).
  • PROs: Bryce Reeve (Measurement tools and their use in clinical practice), Mary Jo Kupst (PROMIS and NIH-toolbox resources for use in psycho-oncology research) and Kirsten Bingen (PROS in clinical practice with children with cancer).
  • Implementation of the Standards with the Goal of Improving Psychosocial Care of Children with Cancer and their Family Members: Anne Kazak, Lori Wiener, Vicky and Peter Brown (Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation), and Andrea Patenaude.
  • Utilizing technology to improve the emotional and behavioral care of children with cancer: Claire Wakefield (A Day in the Life of Our Clinical Group), Lisa Schwarz (AYA mobile health for survivors), and Maria McCarthy (Experiences with ACT online for parents).

We are especially delighted that Dr Jimmie Holland, the founder of the field of Psycho-Oncology, will be leading a masterclass on Friday morning during the main conference. She will present on changes in psycho-oncology practice over the years and reflect on clinical cases presented. Jimmie Holland, is a memorable person. She has (had) several important positions but most of all she has pioneered the development of interventions to reduce distress in cancer patients and their families, has developed training programs in psycho-oncology which have worldwide use, and has trained many of the leading figures in psycho-oncology over the past 40 years. We invite you all to attend this session which is unique.

During the main program the pediatric psycho-oncology track offers you a session with the nurses on stress (Friday) and free paper sessions on parent and sibling quality of life (Friday) and treating the 21th Century Childhood Cancer Survivors (Sunday).

We look forward to seeing you all in Washington.

On behalf of the SIOP-PPO committee

Martha GrootenhuisMartha Grootenhuis, psychologist, pediatric psychosocial department, Emma Children’s Hospital AMC and Princess Máxima Center in Utrecht the Netherlands (chair)



Andreas-Farkas-PatenaudeAndrea Farkas Patenaude, psychologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, United States of America