2019 Brain Tumour Webinar Series

Welcome to the 2019 Brain Tumour Webinar Series.

The 2019 Brain Tumour Webinar Series will feature various webinars throughout the year, which will include topics around research, treatment, advance care planning, young adults living with a brain tumour, personal stories from brain tumour survivors and caregivers, and more. These webinars will replace the English Brain Tumour National Conference.

Please note:

  • All presentations will run from 2:00pm EST – 2:45pm EST
  • All presentations are free
  • Presentations may be added periodically. Check back often for updates
  • You must register for each webinar separately
  • All presentations will be recorded and uploaded to Online Learning.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Presenter: Dr. Marshall Pitz, Medical Oncologist, CancerCare Manitoba
Presentation Title: Is the Chemotherapy Working?
Presentation Description: Is the chemo working? This seemingly simple question is more complex than it should be for patients with a brain tumour. MRI is the most sensitive way of answering that question, but often the results are ambiguous or misleading. While it is usually a good sign if the tumour looks smaller on MRI, sometimes an enlarging tumour can be either a sign that the cancer is growing or responding to treatment. We will discuss these phenomena in the setting of brain tumours and their treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe standard general approach to treatment of glioma
  • Identify features of glioma on MRI
  • Develop an understanding of pseudo-progression and pseudo-response

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Presenters: Dr. Michael Cusimano, Neurosurgeon, Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael’s Hospital & 
Ami Baba, Research Assistant, Injury Prevention Research Office
Presentation Title: Understanding Meningioma and the Impact on a Person’s Quality of Life
Presentation Description: Meningioma is one of the most common primary brain tumours, and as with any brain tumour, meningioma impacts individuals in many aspects of their daily life. This presentation will review what a meningioma is and how people are impacted by this tumour, along with an update of current ongoing research aimed at understanding these quality of life issues better. 
Learning Objectives:
  • To review what a meningioma brain tumour is
  • To identify how meningioma affects people
  • To understand the quality of life (QOL) challenges associated with meningioma

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Presenter: Dr. Chad Hammond, Program Manager, SPEAK UP Canada | Advance Care Planning
Presentation Title: Encouraging Conversations About Advance Care Planning
Presentation Description: Since 2011, The Advance Care Planning in Canada "Speak Up" initiative has promoted the importance of having conversations about future health care among Canadians. The initiative runs a national campaign around National Advance Care Planning Day (April 16). A library of resources to support conversations among health professionals, patients, and caregivers are available on the SPEAK UP Canada | Advance Care Planning website. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the five (5) steps of advance care planning
  • Identify key resources to support care planning conversations
  • Know how to participate in National Advance Care Planning Day on April 16, 2019

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Presenter: Emily Drake, PhD Student, Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University
Presentation Title: The Psychosocial Needs of Young Adults
Presentation Description: This presentation will highlight the unique needs of young adult patients and survivors. It will also describe relevant resources and online communities available. 
Learning Objectives:
  • Review the unique needs of young adults
  • Describe the available resources for young adults
  • Highlight relevant social media communities

 Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Presenter:  TBD
Presentation Title: Laser Ablation of Brain Tumours: Technology and the Role in Glioma Management
Presentation Description
Learning Objectives:
Link for registration to follow.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Presenter: TBD
Presentation Title: Transitioning Between Pediatric Brain Tumours to an Adult Setting 
Presentation Description
Learning Objectives:
Link for registration to follow.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Presenter: Dr. Faith Davis, Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Presentation Title: Canadian Brain Tumour Registry: Past, Present & Future
Presentation Description: The need for a Canadian Brain Tumour Registry (CBTR) and the new data emerging from CBTR will be presented. These data show occurrence and survival patterns by tumour behavior, histology and population characteristics. Dr. Davis will review the strengths and limitations of registry data in the context of the future for CBTR. It is expected this work will help improve patient care and patient outcomes by supporting health care decision making and research in the Canadian neuro-oncology community.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn why is a Brain Tumour Registry Needed
  • Overview of how brain tumour data is unique within cancer registries
  • Learn population level data is available on brain tumours in Canada

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Presentation Title: Personal Stories of Hope from Brain Tumour Patients, Survivors and Caregivers
Personal stories of courage and hope exemplify what the brain tumour community is all about. No matter how you have been affected by a brain tumour, you will find stories that comfort and inspire through this webinar.

If you have any suggestions for future webinar topics or any questions, please contact:

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