Educate and Empower
We connect parents and medical professionals during a day of learning.
Childhood Cancer Symposiums
Nobody becomes an expert on childhood cancer overnight, which makes juggling medical terms, biology concepts, and symptom interpretation overwhelming for parents and patients. To make matters worse, it can be hard to verify what you read online or get answers from a medical team with a caseload that keeps on growing. And where do you go when treatment ends to learn what’s next?
Our Childhood Cancer Symposiums bridge the information gap by putting parents in the same room as the world’s leading experts. Every year, our program addresses critical subjects like rare pediatric cancers and their long-term effects. Parents and caregivers who attend our Symposiums:
- Receive in-depth information about childhood cancer biology, pathology, and treatment.
- Interact one-on-one with speakers to discuss their individual situations.
- Meet other families who are in similar circumstances – a source of support as they continue to navigate this difficult path.
- Inspire a two-way conversation between medical professionals and patient families, so doctors and nurses can learn how to better address a family’s needs.
Our Symposiums are free for parents, survivors, and medical professionals. Kids are welcome to attend in our Pablove Kids’ Room, which allows parents to learn uninterrupted.
November 7-8, 2014
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
We want to make sure anyone can learn, anywhere, anytime. So, we publish videos of every Expert Presentation from our annual programs. Click on the name of the Symposium you are interested in for a full album of videos.
Resources for Families
The internet is a powerful resource for families looking for information on childhood cancer, treatment options, and organizations that can provide assistance in a time of need.
The list below is a compilation of the available resources online that we know of. It’s meant not only to help cancer families, but also to act as a tool to educate anyone who wants to learn more about the facts of pediatric cancer and what kind of treatment and options are available.
- American Society of Clinical Oncology Guide to Childhood Cancer
- Children’s Oncology Group
- National Cancer Institute: Clinical Trials
- National Cancer Institute: When Your Brother or Sister Has Cancer
- National Cancer Institute: Childhood Cancers Overview
- National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship: Cancer Survival Toolbox
- OncoLink (Abramson Cancer Center)
Financial or Travel Assistance
Camps and Programs
- Camp Agape NW
- Camp Boggy Creek
- Camp Casey
- Camp Good Days
- Camp Good Times West
- Camp Kesem
- Camp Mak-A-Dream
- Camp Quality
- Camp Ronald McDonald
- Camp Rising Sun
- Camp Sunshine
- Chai Lifeline
- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Teen Impact Retreat*
- Give Kids the World
- Kamp Kace
- Make a Wish
- Okizu Camp
- One Step Camp*
- Sunrise Day Camp
- The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
- Wigs for Kids
If you represent an organization that would like to be added to this list, please contact Community Affairs Director Megan McMillan.
*Indicates a Program Partner.