The SIOP PPO Network is ensuring that psycho-oncology is considered as an active component of cancer treatment, counseling and rehabilitation.

January, 2007


Chair and Steering Group

Christopher Recklitis

Steering Group Member

Maria McCarthy

Steering Group Member

Stephen Sands

Steering Group Member

Sasja Schepers

Steering Group Member

Fiona Schulte

Steering Group Member

Kelly van Bindsbergen

Steering Group Member


The purpose of the SIOP PPO Network is to:

  • Facilitate the exchange of research data on pediatric psycho-oncology issues
  • Support the integration of these data with current psychological research, theory, and practice, and
  • Encourage the active incorporation of this psychological knowledge into clinical pediatric oncology practice with the overall wish to improve the care of children with cancer.

In January 2007 The Scientific Board of the SIOP has approved for the establishment of a network, dedicated to Pediatric Psycho-Oncology research: SIOP PPO Network.

In health and medical settings as well as in pediatric oncology settings, pediatric psychologists, with their science based knowledge, have become vital members of multidisciplinary clinical and research teams, adding specialist knowledge to treatment and research of children with chronic or life threatening diseases. In pediatric oncology, active research is being conducted to improve the understanding of the impact of childhood cancer on the patients’ well being as well as on that of their family members, within a developmental perspective. In order to incorporate the findings of pediatric psycho-oncology into clinical practice, it is important to make psycho-oncology an active component of cancer treatment, counseling and rehabilitation.

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Click here to read SIOP PPO Network’s Terms of Reference

From SIOP PPO: A retrospect on the Educational Day in Lyon

Thank you to everyone who attended the PPO Educational Day of SIOP in Lyon. For this day, 95 colleagues registered from 32 different countries, and many of our session were visited by a much larger audience. From all the abstracts that we submitted, 17 abstracts were selected to be presented in one of our sessions on Adolescents and Young Adults, School and Education, Decision Making and a Breakout session with mixed topics.

Additionally, keynote speaker Lamia Barakat gave us a very impressive overview of the current knowledge on Interventions en Effectiveness Research, showing us there is more than randomized controlled trials and p-values. Her talk was followed by a lively and in-depth Panel discussion on the alternatives, providing us with thought provoking ideas from panelists Anne Kazak, Sean Phipps, Maru Barrera, and Claire Wakefield together with Lamia Barakat and Maria McCarthy.

Another interesting and very well attended keynote talk was from Anne-Sophie Darlington on Adolescents and Young Adults, which showed us the uniqueness of their experiences regarding quality of life, and the different types of adolescents and young adults that exist: AYAs (diagnosed between the age of 18-30), AYA survivors (diagnosed between the age of 18-30, but survivor of a AYA diagnosis) and YACCS (18-30 year old childhood cancer survivors). We finished our day with discussing two very intriguing Clinical Cases presented by Jurgen Lemiere and Nicole Schneider, which both had a large impact on the audience.

We believe that the PPO Educational Day had many highlights and a wide variety in topics and sessions, which made the day a great success. We are looking forward to seeing you all again in Ottawa, Canada for the Educational Day of SIOP this year!