7th July 2021 - 8th July 2021 | 10:00 - 14:00
Cancer during Pregnancy: Developing Consensus and Priorities for Supportive Care Research and Educational Initiatives through an International Community of Practice
This creative online event will bring together multidisciplinary health care professionals with experts-by-experience to develop a shared understanding of priorities for future research and initiatives that will shape future care of women (and their families) diagnosed with cancer during their pregnancy.
We would like to form an international community of practice to advance the psychological and supportive care of women (and their families) diagnosed with cancer during their pregnancy. Cancer in pregnancy presents complex challenges covering medical/bioethical, psychosocial and supportive care issues. The decisions made during this time impact upon mothers, the foetus/new-born, partners and wider family, and involves multi-professional collaboration across midwifery, obstetric and oncology teams.
In recent years, clinical guidelines for the management of pregnancy in women with cancer have been developed but these have not yet been extended to guide psychological and supportive care.
To address this gap, the University of Surrey, School of Health Sciences is hosting a creative online event to bring together international multidisciplinary health care professionals with experts-by-experience (affected mothers and families) to develop a shared understanding of priorities for future research and develop educational initiatives to shape future care.
We will be hearing clinical and academic experts in this field including:
- Professor Frédéric Amant, Belgium (Chair of International Network of Cancer, Infertility and Pregnancy (INCIP))
- Professor Federica Facchin, University of Bologna, Italy
- Maria Teresa Miletta, Il Melograno, Roma, Italy (Lead of EU project to promote POSitive MATernity experiences for women (POSTMAT))
- Pete Wallroth, CEO and founder of Mummy’s Star
- Katrien Von Turnout, Midwife & Case Manager, Leuven, Belgium
- Laura Pearson, an author and expert- by-experience
We will be using a virtual space, over two half-days, with a focused workshop agenda supported by a conference artist Katie Chappell to capture our recommendations. Upon registration for this event, you will be asked to participate in a brief online questionnaire to identify your proposed research and educational priorities as part of a modified-DELPHI survey, and the results will be shared at the workshop.
There will be no fee for attending this event, and it is your opportunity to join in partnership with affected women and form an international community of practice working together to improve the care for families diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy.
The outputs from this workshop will be a published expert consensus statement, an agreed plan for collaboration in future research, learning outcomes for future educational initiatives and a professional artist illustration of key outcomes and recommendations that will be shared across social media channels.
This event is being supported by the University of Surrey, Institute of Advanced Studies that fosters interdisciplinary international collaborations.
Dr Karen Poole, School of Health Sciences
Dr Jenny Harris, School of Health Sciences
Prof Faith Gibson, School of Health Sciences
The report for this workshop is available to download below.get_appDownload Report