PUOWG Open Meeting Minutes
Location: Orlando, Florida
- Dr Ross opened the meeting and greeted everyone, introduced himself, and asked those around the table to introduce themselves as well. A sign-in sheet was also passed .
- Dr Routh spoke briefly about the only open Children’s Oncology Group renal protocol: AREN0534, which focuses on tumor biology.
- Dr Ross noted that at present there are no open rhabdomyosarcoma protocols or late effects protocols open in COG.
- Dr Ross discussed the present educational interests of both PUOWG members and of COG in general: organ preservation (specifically nephron-sparing surgery for WIlms tumor), late effects of genitourinary cancers as well as late genitourinary effects of non-genitourinary cancers, and PUOWG-sponsored educational courses. The timing of courses was discussed among the group, including whether it would be more appropriate to target only pediatric urology fellows (similar to the Toronto laparoscopy course), or whether additional time at the beginning or end of the twice-annual SPU meetings would be better. The pediatric urology fellows (Drs Joe Gleason from Sick Kids and Kara Saperston from UCSF) in attendance noted that not all fellows are able to attend meetings and courses other than the AUA and SPU meetings, and those that are may not be able to prolong their stay beyond the typical two days that the courses currently last. The majority of attendees expressed more interest in combining a potential course with SPU meetings, and further debate centered on whether the course would be better attended if it were added at the beginning or the end of the SPU meeting. Although the majority of attendees agreed that the it would be technically easier to add a course to the end of the SPU meeting, several attendees raised concerns that the course might be poorly attended, as the SPU meetings now generally finish on Sunday; staying until Monday might be prohibitive for attendees. Dr Ross did note that pediatric urologic oncology is included in the AUA Core Curriculum and there is also a link to COG members on the SPU web page.
- Ongoing research within PUOWG was discussed. In addition to the COG involvement mentioned, there is interest in reviewing recurrent disease following chemotherapy (typically after NSS) to identify the histologic changes in the tumors. Dr Lorenzo from Sick Kids and Dr Kieran from the University of Iowa are working on this project for the group. Furthermore, there is interest in reviewing renal function following NSS, particularly over the long term. Dr Kieran will speak with Dr Davidoff at St Jude regarding his interest in assisting with these protocols, given the relatively high proportion of NSS for BWT performed at that institution.6
- Dr ____, fellow at the University of Colorado, then presented a case .
- The meeting was then adjourned by Dr Ross, with the next meeting to be held in conjunction with the fall SPU meeting in Miami.