Co-Chairs and Steering Group
Marianne van de Wettering
News & Updates
Launch of the iPOG Network- October 2015
The International Paediatric Oncology Guidelines in Supportive Care Network (iPOG Network) is a voluntary collaboration of organisations that are developing or endorsing clinical practice guidelines for the supportive care of children with cancer or undergoing bone marrow transplant. The iPOG Network aims to share best practices among clinicians, coordinate supportive care guideline development efforts internationally and communicate the existing evidence gaps to the research community.
- To collaborate with other study groups to incorporate paediatric supportive care guidelines and recommendations (such as PODC Working Groups and the Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Committee)
- To collaborate with members interested in conducting Cochrane reviews in paediatric supportive care
- To enter multinational trials to statistically improve numbers
- To increase the paediatric supportive care contribution to the SIOP Congress
- To collaborate with the supportive care PODC group. Incorporating teaching sessions and guidelines for developing countries.
- To collaborate with MASCC (Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (M van de Wetering Chair of MASCC pediatric supportive care working group since 2011)
- To collaborate with IBFM ELTEC (early and late toxicity and education). (Chair Edit Barit, Hungary)
- To collaborate with POGO (Canada) Development of international supportive care guidelines – Dr L Dupuis
In 2007 Prof.Dr. T. Lehrnbecher (paediatric oncologist, JW Goethe University, Frankfurt Germany ) and Dr.M.D. van de Wetering (paediatric oncologist AMC/emma childrens hospital,Amsterdam, the Netherlands) discussed with the SIOP board the possibility of initiating a supportive care working group within SIOP. We agreed on not an official committee but a working group which provided a platform for a group of enthusiastic members who discuss supportive care issues within SIOP. As treatment becomes more complex, supportive care will have a major role in improving quality of care, decreasing morbidity and mortality
- Organize a yearly SIOP-supportive care meeting pre-SIOP with a particular focus on education and design of new studies
- Review abstracts submitted to SIOP Congress
- Coordinate regular communication between group members via the cure4kids website and by mail contact
- Respond to requests from the board regarding supportive care issues.
- Interact with other groups such as the PODC supportive care and nutrition group (From 2007-2010 the supportive care working group was one group covering both developing countries and developed countries, after reorganization of the PODC a separate supportive care group was founded for the developing countries)
- Collaborate with other international organizations such as MASCC (Multinational Supportive Care in Cancer)