The SIOP PPO Committee is ensuring that psycho-oncology is considered as an active component of cancer treatment, counseling and rehabilitation.
Remembering Andrea Patenaude, vice chair SIOP Pediatric Psycho-Oncology committee
With great sadness I am sharing the news of the passing of our dear colleague and friend, Andrea Patenaude. Andrea died peacefully last Monday January 28th after dealing with her recurrent cancer.
As a co-chair, Andrea contributed to the SIOP PPO committee for many years with the organization of the educational day, the clinical case report session, and as a member of the Scientific Program Advisory Committee (SPAC) of SIOP.
Her tireless advocacy raised the profile of pediatric psycho-oncology research and most recently helped SIOP build a relationship with the International Society of Psycho Oncology (IPOS).
She contributed to numerous areas in psycho-oncology, including but not limited to: counseling for hereditary cancer, family communication, breaking bad news, the standards of psychosocial care and most recently also hospital detention in Africa. Andrea’s work has created a platform for continued awareness, research, education and clinical practice in the area of pediatric psychosocial oncology.
She was a true icon in our field and a warm friend to many of us.
Her spirit and memories will live on through us.
Chair SIOP PPO Committee
The purpose of the SIOP PPO 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 installation of a sub-committee, dedicated to Pediatric Psycho-Oncology research: SIOP PPO.
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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