“Working Together - Achieving More”

Critical Mass

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December 5 - 7, 2017Atlanta, GA, USA

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Congress Flyer (pdf)
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Preliminary Programme (pdf)


Program Timings (excluding Registration, poster installation etc) and subject to final confirmation :

Day 1
08.30 - 18.00

Day 2
08.15 - 18.20

Day 3
08.30 - 17.00

Case Western Reserve University - School of Medicine
Physician Accreditation: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

American Nurses Credentialling Centre
Nurses & Physician Assistants Accreditation: The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ toward recertification requirements.


  • Find out how collaboration beats competition between hospitals in a unique regional model presented by Dr. Karen Albritton Fort Worth AYA Cancer Coalition.
  • Learn how to develop strategies to support AYAs by influencing government from the Critical Mass President, Kate Houghton.
  • Elena Simon, survivor, scientist and advocate will tell us how she is traveling the world as an ambassador and engaging other survivors in scientific research.
  • Hear from ENCCA Chair’s Dr. Dan Stark (UK) and Dr. Valerie Laurence (France) how international collaboration is making waves for AYAs across the European community.
  • In Australia, regional and national government are combining forces thanks to the initiatives of CanTeen under the leadership of CEO Peter Orchard.
  • Chris McCarthy demonstrates how Hope Lab pioneers empowering Apps for AYAs going through treatment.
  • Learn about the power and influence of social media within youth groups from Professor Desmond Patton’s (Columbia University) cutting edge research.
  • Professor Lindsay Frazier leads a truly global session with contributions from Dr. George Mentkevish (Russia) where AYA is in its infancy; Dr. Hyung Zheng (China) where the first dedicated AYA facility and program in the country is being established in Beijing; Dr. Soad Fuentes (El Salvador) where pediatric oncologists are breaking new ground in collaborating with medical oncologists to get teens treated on pediatric protocols.


  • Dr. Ursula Sansom Daly (Sydney) shares the models of supportive care excellence being developed in Australia.
  • Dr. Leslie Breech (Cincinnati) outlines the pioneering work being undertaken in the Mid West, USA to establish oncofertility programs.
  • Learn why oncology professionals must talk to AYAs about sexuality from Canadian Dr. Ann Katz.
  • What should an AYA survivorship service model look like? Hear what Dr. Jackie Casillas (USA) recommends within a multi-cultural environment.


  • Hear the latest on molecularly targeted genetic sequencing.
  • See new data about genetics and toxicity.
  • Learn about genetic predisposition and the critical importance of genetic counseling.
  • Find out the latest advances immunotherapy offers AYA cancer.
  • Hear about why the Center for Disease Control is focusing on AYA cancer.
  • Will we ever end the debate about ALL pediatric & adult therapies? See the data presented by experts and join in the debate.
  • Learn about the latest advances, challenges and potential solutions in Colon Cancer; Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Dr. Robin Jones, UK Institute of Cancer Research; Germ Cell Tumors.


  • The future of AYA services could be dependent on expert Nurse Navigators. Learn from the best practitioners.
  • Dr. Rebecca Johnson (USA) presents research demonstrating that communication & collaboration are the keys to AYA program success.
  • Latest research is showing that physical activity and nutrition are breaking new ground in improving outcomes and survival. Find out why and learn how to incorporate them within your own programs from Kirsten Ness of St. Jude (USA).
  • The military is the largest employer of AYAs in the world. What can they teach us about providing best quality? Hear from Dr. Colonel Prakash Chitalkar about India’s supportive model and Dr. James Hu about the challenges in the USA.
  • Brightlight, the largest study of its kind in the world can provide us with data about whether AYA programs really do add value. Hear Professor Jeremy Whelan (UK) reveal the full results for the first time.
  • Yvonne Mariajiminez is a legal expert providing expert advice to AYAs on medical/legal matters in an innovative scheme set up by University of Southern California. Hear what a difference they are making