October 30, 2019

Halifax HCP Symposium 2019

This half-day symposium provides the opportunity 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.

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Registration is now open. Spaces are limited.

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 9:30am - 1:00pm
Halifax Central Library, Room 301
5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS 

Topics and Speakers include:

Personal Story of Hope - A Caregiver’s Perspective
Colleen Reddy 

Radiosurgery for Brain Metastases: Aggressive Care Through Non-Invasive Means
Dr. Hany Soliman, Department of Radiation Oncology, Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre

Presentation Outline:
This presentation will provide a look into the modern management of brain metastases. Newer technology has allowed for innovative approaches to treatment of brain metastases and this will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss technical advances in the treatment of brain metastases.
  2. Review clinical trials as they relate to management of brain metastases.
  3. Review current literature and provide insight in the future management of brain metastases.
The Challenges of Prescription Drug Access in the Treatment of Brain Tumours
Mary Lou Robertson, Principal Consultant, M.L. Robertson Consulting, Inc.
Presentation Outline
What happens after you hand over that prescription? This presentation will review the patchwork system of prescription drug coverage in Atlantic Canada, from a patient's perspective. Using case examples, participants will explore how patients with both malignant and non-malignant tumors can experience challenges in accessing routine therapies. Emerging evidence on the "hidden" impact of drug coverage gaps will be presented, as will the recently completed Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada "Road Map" on access to temozolomide in Canada. Useful approaches for addressing drug coverage gaps with patients in practice will be discussed.
Learning Objectives
  1. To increase knowledge of prescription drug access systems in Atlantic Canada.
  2. To gain insight into common prescription drug access challenges experienced by brain tumour patients.
  3. To learn strategies for practice that can help to identify and support patients' drug coverage challenges.
Psychosocial Needs of Young Adult Brain Tumour Survivors
Robin Urquhart, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
Emily Drake, PhD in Health Student, Dalhousie University
Presentation Outline
This presentation will highlight the unique needs of young adult patients and survivors. It will also describe relevant resources and online communities.
Learning Objectives
  1. To review the unique needs of young adult survivors of brain tumours.
  2. To describe the available resources for young adult survivors of brain tumours. 
  3. To highlight relevant social media communities beneficial for this brain tumour population. 

Personal Story of Hope – A Young Adult Brain Tumour Survivor Perspective
Danielle Allen


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Event Details

  • Registration will close by Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm EST. 
  • If you cannot attend, please let Janic know at your earliest convenience so we may adjust catering needs.
  • There is no charge for this Symposium.
  • Light refreshments and beverages are available during breaks, a light breakfast will also be provided.


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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