10th Calgary Health Care Professionals’ Symposium

This symposium provides the opportunity for health care professionals to network, learn and share knowledge and expertise in the field of brain tumours (neuroscience and neuro-oncology) with a focus on cross-disciplinary learning. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Registration has now closed as the number of available spaces has been filled. Please email Janic if you wish to be on the stand-by list. If you can no longer attend, please let Janic know so that your spot can be used by someone who can attend. 

When: Friday, April 26, 2019 | 9:00am - 3:00pm
Mount Royal University
Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning
Ross Glen Hall (Room EC 1060), 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Please see parking information.

Topics and Speakers include:


The Second Patient: A Look at the Importance of Support Services for Caregivers
Marie Scheifele, Dosimetrist, Radiation Oncology, Tom Baker Cancer Centre

Presentation Description: Since three years of age, Marie's life has been impacted by her mother's malignant brain tumour diagnosis. Join her as she reflects on this twenty-year journey which included four craniotomies, radiation, and multiple rounds of chemotherapy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn about the difficulties families may face during the brain tumour journey.
  2. To understand the importance of referring patients and their families to support services.
  3. To discuss the unique challenges faced by young adult caregivers.


Care of Patients with Glioblastoma Multiforme: Current Opportunities and Challenges
Dr. Jay Easaw, Medical Oncologist, Cross Cancer Centre

Presentation Description: An overall review of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) starting with its pathological, radiological and molecular markers. We will discuss the challenges associated with treating this type of cancer in the context of current as well as promising new treatment options.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. To review pathology, radiology and molecular markers of GBM.
  2. To identify the unique challenges treating this type of brain cancer.
  3. To discuss promising new treatment options.

Why Do We Need a Canadian Brain Tumour Registry?
Dr. Faith Davis, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Presentation Description: The value of cancer registries and what makes brain tumour data unique in cancer surveillance systems will be presented. Information on the Canadian Brain Tumour Registry (CBTR) and data emerging from CBTR including incidence counts, incidence and survival rates will be presented. These data show patterns by tumour behavior, histology and population characteristics which support health care decision making, clinical outcomes and etiology research. The strengths and limitations of data will be discussed in the context of future plans for CBTR.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn about the purpose of a cancer registry.
  2. To gain an understanding of how brain tumour data is unique within cancer registries.
  3. To understand what population level data is available on brain tumours in Canada.


Fireside Chat | New Resources & Updates
Janic Gorayeb, Senior Health Information Specialist


Honouring and Supporting Caregivers
Rebca Zawde, Counsellor, Hospice Calgary

Presentation Description: This presentation will focus on honouring and supporting the role of the caregiver. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn about ideas and suggestions to help caregivers stay afloat.
  2. To gain an understanding of resources available to caregivers. 
  3. To support caregivers and help them build a greater sense of confidence in caregiving.


Psychosocial Considerations When Working with Brain Tumour Patients and Their Families
Dr. Guy Pelletier, Clinical Psychologist, Alberta Health Services – Cancer Care

Presentation Description: The presentation will focus on the more common psychosocial challenges encountered when working with brain tumour patients and their caregivers. These will include (but may not be limited to) depression, anxiety, dealing with end of life issues, family problems, cognitive problems and problems at work. Strategies for dealing with these problems will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To gain a better understanding of psychosocial problems encountered by brain tumour patients.
  2. To acquire a better understanding of problems faced by family members and caregivers.
  3. To learn about types of resources one could provide or turn to in order to help patients and families.


Evicting Allen - A Personal Story
James Seigel, Brain Tumour Survivor


Download the complete agenda (PDF).
We encourage you to print and post the agenda for your colleagues. Thank you in advance.

Event Details

  • Space is limited to 60 seats. Please cancel your registration by Friday, April 19, 2019 if you are unable to attend so we may adjust catering needs.
  • There is no charge for this Symposium
  • Refreshments and lunch will be available.  
  • Please note we will be taking a one-year reprieve from this event in 2020.


Registration has now closed as the number of available spaces has been filled. Please email Janic if you wish to be on the stand-by list.
If you can no longer attend, please let Janic know so that your spot can be used by someone who can attend.  

You can forward any questions and recommend topics or speakers to:

Janic Gorayeb 
Senior Health Information Specialist 
1-800-265-5106 or 519-642-7755 ext 233

The 2019 Health Care Professional Symposium program has been generously sponsored by:

Orbus Therapeutics

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