Pediatric Oncology Meeting summaries

42nd Congress of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology

October 21-24, 2010

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) returned to the United States for the first time in 17 years. SIOP is the major global organization concerned with the issues of childhood cancer. Their vision is no child should die of cancer.

The SIOP Congress had over twenty-one hundred registered participants from 94 countries. Over 1,000 abstracts were submitted. There were over 200 oral presentations and 600 plus posters presented. Cancer is a major public health problem around the world. There were many collaborations and much interaction among the participants

The theme of this year’s meeting was “Promoting International Collaboration in Pediatric Oncology,” and the agenda included scientific sessions representing the full spectrum of childhood cancer care.

The SIOP meeting included the following organizational meetings:

PROS Pediatric Radiation Oncology Society

IPSO International Society of Pediatric Surgical Oncology

PPO SIOP Pediatric Psycho-Oncology Committee

PODC Pediatric Oncology in Developing Countries

ICCCPO International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organization

ICCSN International Childhood Cancer Survivors Network.

A few of the highlights from the symposia include:

Gene Therapy and Pediatric Onco9logy

Angiogenesis and Pediatric Tumors

Recovery following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

Ethical Issues in Pediatric Cancer Clinical Trials

Nutrition and Pediatric Cancer

HIV and Pediatric Cancer

Immunotherapy and Neuroblastoma

Surgical and Radiation Oncology Perspective on Pulmonary Metastases

Understanding neurocognitive impairment

The next SIOP Congress will be held in Auckland, New Zealand, October 235-30, 2011.

Linda McDonald

October 25, 2010

Florida Association of Pediatric Tumor Programs

November 2011 St Pete Beach FL

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