Report of Seminar on Childhood Cancer

February 24, 2023

Childhood cancer is one of the leading causes of death among children and adolescents worldwide, which demands high requirements of a multidisciplinary team of trained professionals for the better survival of children with cancer.

Department of child health nursing, Manipal College of Nursing (MCON), Manipal Academy of Higher Education(MAHE) Manipal organized a seminar on “Childhood Cancer” in association with a division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, KMC, Manipal, as part of International Childhood Cancer Day on the theme: “Better survival #through your hands” on 23rd February 2023 between 9 am and 1.00 pm. The resource person for the seminar, Dr. Vasudeva Bhat K, Associate professor, Department of Pediatric hemato oncology (PHO), KMC, Manipal, explained the four major pediatric oncological emergencies, ie. Tumor Lysis Syndrome, Leukocytosis, Febrile neutropenia, and Spinal cord compression. He also emphasized that better care is possible only by teamwork from trained multidisciplinary members, and nurses have a significant role in this. Dr. Archana MV, Assistant professor, Department of PHO, KMC, Manipal, shared the dos and don’ts while giving care to a child with a central line. She briefed on common types of central lines, insertion and maintenance, and the nurse's role in the prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infection. Dr.Anjalin Dsouza, Assistant Professor, department of child health nursing, MCON, MAHE, Manipal, discussed the care bundles on pediatric chemotherapy. Dr. Mamatha S Pai, professor Dept of child health nursing, MCON, Manipal, shared the recent research on evidence-based supportive care practices in childhood cancer. She also highlighted the importance of following clinical Protocols.

Ms. Khriebizonuo Pienyu, the student convener, addressed the theme of the seminar and welcomed the resource person and the participants. The concluding remarks were delivered by Dr. Judith A Noronha, Dean, Manipal College of Nursing, MAHE, Manipal. A total of 55 participants from different nursing colleges attended the seminar.

The program contributed to creating awareness and improving knowledge of childhood cancer and its management.