Clinical Advances in Pediatric Oncology Seminar Series

Doctor with young oncology patient Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is offering a series of free webinars on oncology and oncology-related topics through spring 2021. Experts from CHOP’s Cancer Center, rated the #1 pediatric oncology program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, will discuss the latest in cancer research and care. You can find more information (including CME credit) and register for any of the individual webinars by clicking on the title below. Or if you would like to register for multiple or all webinars at once, please click here.


Jan. 15, 2021, 7:30–8:30 a.m. (ET)

Curative and Emerging Therapies for Sickle Cell Disease

In this lecture, we will provide an overview for general practitioners and hematologists about the limitations of current therapies for sickle cell disease, pivotal data leading to the emergence of novel curative therapies – including gene therapies – and approaches to deciding which therapies are optimal for individual patients.

Speakers: Kim Smith-Whitley, MD; Timothy S. Olson, MD, PhD


Jan. 19, 2021, 5:30–6:30 p.m. (ET)

Cancer Predisposition and Surveillance in Children and Adolescents

In this webinar, we will present the general approach to patients with a possible cancer predisposition syndrome, review a few of the more common cancer surveillance syndromes, and discuss future directions in the field of pediatric cancer predisposition.

Speakers: Garrett Brodeur, MD; Suzanne Macfarland, MD; Kristin Zelley, MS; Sarah Jennings, MS, LCGC


Feb. 4, 2021, noon–1 p.m. (ET)

Optic Pathway Gliomas in Neurofibromatosis Type 1: Clinical Features, Current Management and the Importance of Functional Outcomes

Optic pathway gliomas (OPGs) are low-grade astrocytomas that occur in 15-20% of children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). Although rarely life-threatening, these tumors can cause significant vision loss. This lecture will discuss the natural history, monitoring, and management of NF1-OPGs, as well as discuss emerging therapies to reduce the risk of permanent visual loss. 

Speakers: Michael J. Fisher, MD; Robert A. Avery, DO, MSCE


March 19, 2021, 7–8:30 a.m. (ET)

Advances in Multi-Disciplinary Care for Children with High-Risk Neuroblastoma

Survival rates for children with high-risk neuroblastoma have doubled in the past two decades, but this progress has come with the use of lengthy, complex therapy. In this lecture, we will cover the current state of therapy for these patients, the remaining challenges in the areas of surgery, radiation, and medical therapy for children with high-risk disease and new directions in therapeutic strategies.

Speakers: Rochelle Bagatell, MD; Peter Mattei, MD; Christine Hill-Kayser, MD



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