Receiving a lymphoma diagnosis at any age is challenging and overwhelming, especially for young adults and adolescents (AYA). This webinar series is intended to support the AYA population that live with lymphoma. You’re never alone in your cancer journey, and Lymphoma Canada hopes this educational series can provide you the information and resources you need to navigate your diagnosis, treatment, and everyday life.
Webinars in this series include:
- Lymphoma in the Adolescent and Young Adult Population
- Emotional & Mental Health Challenges and Coping Mechanisms for Young Patients
- Long term Follow-up Care and Screening for Young Patients
Read below for more information.
Webinar 1: Lymphoma in the Adolescent and Young Adult Population
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
4:00 – 5:00 pm EST
As the first webinar in the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) & Lymphoma series, three doctors from SickKids will provide an overview of the disease-specific biology of lymphoma most common in youth and young adults. This presentation will highlight the presentation of Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in this age group and relevant clinical information for both subtypes. The final part of this talk will focus on Ontario specific data for lymphoma patients.
Dr. Angela Punnett, Dr. Reena Pabari, and Dr. Sumit Gupta
Dr. Angela Punnett
Dr. Punnett is a Staff Oncologist within the Leukemia/Lymphoma Program in the Division of Haematology/Oncology and Clinician Educator and Associate Professor in Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Punnett completed her MD at the University of Toronto and Paediatrics Residency at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She returned to the University of Toronto for fellowship training in Paediatric Haematology/Oncology at SickKids. Dr. Punnett leads and participates in clinical research in childhood leukemia and lymphoma and is a member of the COG steering committee for Hodgkin Lymphoma. As a clinician educator, she is involved in education scholarship with collaborators in the Department of Paediatrics and nationally.
Dr. Reena Pabari
Reena Pabari (MSc, MD, FRCPC) is a Staff Physician in the Leukemia/Lymphoma section within the Division of Haematology/Oncology at the Hospital for Sick Children. She has an interest in myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative leukemias, in particular, those occurring in children with genetic predisposition syndromes. Dr. Pabari is currently involved in an international collaborative study evaluating central nervous system involvement in children with Hodgkin lymphoma.
Dr. Sumit Gupta
Dr. Sumit Gupta is a Staff Oncologist and Clinician Investigator at SickKids, an Associate Professor at both the Faculty of Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Scientist with the Cancer Research Program at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Gupta’s research involves using health administrative data to answer important clinical and policy questions of AYA cancer. He has many international collaborations to help improve outcomes for children in low- and middle-income countries.
Webinar 2: Emotional & Mental Health Challenges and Coping Mechanisms for Young Patients
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
4:00 – 5:00 pm EST
In the second educational webinar, a social worker from Young Adult Cancer Canada will speak on coping strategies for young adults can use throughout their lymphoma journey. The first half of this presentation will focus on the emotional and mental health challenges the AYA population face, and ways to deal with, alleviate, and manage feelings due to cancer diagnosis. In the second half, Dani will facilitate a round table discussion with AYA Lymphoma patients and caregivers. This discussion will put into context the emotional and mental impact of lymphoma, and coping strategies individuals can use to take care of themselves.
Dani is the Manager of Programs and Partnerships at Young Adult Cancer Canada. Dani is an oncology social worker and young adult, colorectal cancer survivor. She has completed her MSW with Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at University of Toronto, as well as her BSW and BA in English Literature with York University. Her experiences with the health care system and support of Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) led her to explore a career in psychosocial oncology; finding particular interest in illness narratives and systemic violence. Dani has previously worked for Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto (where she continues to facilitate their 20s & 30s Support Group), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (palliative care), and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (allogeneic transplant, palliative care, breast cancer survivorship, and phase one clinical trials).
Webinar 3: Long term Follow-up Care and Screening for Young Patients
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
4:00 – 5:00 pm EST
For the final webinar in the AYA & Lymphoma series, Dr. Paul Nathan from SickKids will discuss relevant research and clinical care for young adults after they’ve finished cancer treatment. This presentation will include the “late effects” of cancer therapy, follow-up care after remission, and long-term survival of childhood cancer.
Dr. Paul Nathan
Dr. Nathan is Director of the Aftercare Program and Head of the Solid Tumor Section in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at SickKids. As such, he is focused both on children receiving therapy for cancer as well as on outcomes in long term survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer. He is a Senior Associate Scientist in the SickKids Research Institute and a Professor of Paediatrics and Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.