2015 Conference

Conference 2015

THEME: “Malignancies in the Paediatric Age Group and Young Adults”
Saturday 27th June 2015 8.30am – 4.30pm, The Accra Beach Hotel & Spa Rockley Christ Church.

The President’s Address from the Annual Conference 2015 – Excerpts from the Annual Conference 2015 opening address by Cancer Support Services President Ms. Kathy-Ann Kelly-Springer. Read more

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Speaker Biographies & Presentations

Dr. Tanya TrippettDr. Tanya Trippett, MD, is the Co-Founder of POETIC and the Director of the POETIC Data and Coordinating Center. Dr. Trippett graduated from Spelman College as Valedictorian with a BA and BS in Biology. She received her M.D. degree and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine. She completed her fellowship and Chief Fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer. Following a faculty appointment as Division Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Dr. Trippett became the head of the Pediatric Lymphoma Service and the Pediatric Developmental Therapeutics Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She developed and became the Co-Founder of POETIC in 2003.

Dr. Trippett is a member of numerous scientific and medical societies. She holds leadership positions nationally in the Children’s Oncology Group as Vice-Chair of the Hodgkin Lymphoma Committee and Chair of the Hodgkin Retrieval Committee. She is the recipient of several prestigious honors and awards. She is recognized as an international authority in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric lymphoma as well as an expert in translational research and the development of novel approaches to treatment of recurrent cancer in children.

A Snapshot of the Most Common Childhood Cancers

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Dr. Cheryl AlexisDr. Cheryl Alexis is currently a Senior Lecturer at University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados and Associate Consultant Haematologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Her postgraduate studies were done in the United Kingdom at Hammersmith Hospital, The Royal Marsden and Great Ormond Hospital for Sick Children.

Her passion is Paediatric Haematology/Oncology and is currently the Lead Physician in Barbados fro The Sickkids Caribbean initiative which is an outreach programme assisting with building capacity in the islands to treat children with cancer and other blood disorders.

She has been involved in many cross Caribbean projects including in Transfusion Medicine, Sickle Cell disease, Cancer registries and Breast cancer. In her spare time she enjoys playing with an ‘ole time calypso band; Free Spirits’.

Possible Signs and Symptoms

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Dr. Sheila WeitzmanDr. Sheila Weitzman, MB, BCh, FCP(SA), FRCP(C), is a senior oncologist in the Division of Hematology/Oncology, and Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. She received her undergraduate medical training and postgraduate training in paediatrics in South Africa. Following a haematology/oncology fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children, she joined the full-time faculty in the Division. Her major interests are in Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the Histiocytic disorders. She has 164 peer reviewed publications, has written 24 book chapters and has coedited a book on Histiocytic disorders. Dr. Weitzman served as the Chair of the Non-Hodgkins lymphoma committee of the Pediatric Oncology Group and is a member of the steering committee of the NHL committee of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). She is a past member of the Histiocyte Society Board, and has served on many study committees of the organization. She has a particular interest in international oncology and is a member of the executive committee of ASLAN, an organization formed to improve pediatric cancer care in Ethiopia and a member of the executive committee of the Sickkids-Caribbean initiative to improve outcomes for children with cancer and blood diseases in the Caribbean.

Sometimes We Get It Wrong

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Dr. Maisha EmmanuelDr. Maisha Emmanuel, MBBS, DM Psychiatry, MSc Forensic Mental Health Care.

Having studied in b0th the UK and the Caribbean Dr. Emmanuel is currently a Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Barbados.

Her research interests are:
Fatal and non-fatal self harm and the consequences of chronic marijuana use.

Refusal of Treatment

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Dr. Curt BodkynDr. Curt Bodkyn, BSc. MBBS, MRCPI, MHPE, is a lecturer in Child Health at the University of the West Indies and coordinator of the Skills laboratory. He is also Co-Physician lead for the SickKids Caribbean Initiative for Childhood Cancers and Blood Disorder.

He pursued his postgraduate training in the UK, where he spent 10 years, training in Paediatrics and then sub-specialized in Paediatric Oncology. With posting at St. George’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Royal Marsden and Royal Victoria. Dr. Bodkyn returned to Trinidad in 2001 with the aim of improving Paediatric oncology services in Trinidad and Tobago.

Long Term Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

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Palliative Care in Paediatric Oncology: Is there a role?

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Dr. Ashley MunchelDr. Ashley Munchel, MD is an assistant professor of pediatrics, she came to the University of Maryland from Children’s National Medical Center where she was in the Bone Marrow Transplant division.

A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Dr. Munchel completed a pediatric residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. This was followed by a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital and National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Her research interest is focused on the effect of chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation on the immune system.

Fertility Concerns in Young Survivors of Cancer

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