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PHOSSCON – India’s 1st Paediatric Haematology Oncology Support Services Conference

November 3rd to 5th 2016 in Mumbai, India

For 20 years PHOCON (Paediatric Haematology Oncology Conference) has been taking place in India. PHOCON is an annual conference which brings together over 500 professionals, including Paediatric Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Paediatricians, Paediatric Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Pathologists, Basic Scientists, students and fellows from various parts of the country in the field of Paediatric Haematology-Oncology. The guest faculty includes distinguished national and international experts in the field. PHOCON this year will be held in Tata Medical Hospital from 4th to 6th November 2016.

In November 2015, CanKidsKidsCan, India (a CCI member and Anchor organization for Asia) was invited by the Executive Body of the Pediatric Hematology Oncology chapter (PHO) of The Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) to create and organize, for the first time, a parallel track for social support services and organizations . The aim is for this to be an annual feature of PHOCON and to become a distinct conference track akin to the annual Childhood Cancer International (CCI) conference track in the SIOP (International Society of Paediatric Oncology) regional and international Conferences.

The 3 days PHOSSCON starts with a pre-conference on Pediatric Psycho-Oncology, followed by a 2 day conference which is marked with ground breaking keynote speeches, with an international and national faculty, interactive panel discussions, award winning abstract presentations, poster sessions, plenary dialogues . The expected attendees for this conference are decision makers in Social Support Organizations, doctors, medical professionals, scientists and researchers interested in or involved in social support, supportive care and outreach, philanthropists and donors.

CanKids… KidsCan was founded by Poonam Bagai, an adult cancer survivor who is a current board member and officer (Treasurer-Trustee ) of Childhood Cancer International.

A Mothers Day Recognition

​T​he Daily Star of Bangladesh featured and recognized Dr Salma Choudhury​s ​tireless devotion to assist and support mothers ​/ families of children with cancer.

Dr Choudhury is the Founder Chairperson​ of ASHIC (Foundation for Childhood Cancer)​, a proud CCI member organization in Bangladesh​.​
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Because I Am Able… Because I Can… Choosing Service with Love

Poonam Bagai, ​Board Treasurer of Childhood Cancer International and ​Founder-Chairman​, Can​Kids​K​ids​Can​ (India)​​ gives a very moving and inspiring ​Tedx talk at Hansraj ​College​. Watch ​the ​inspiring video:


lebanon_mothers_day_2016For Mothers’ Day, celebrated in Lebanon on March 21, more than 400 moms gathered in a big event organized by CHANCE (CHildren AgaiNst CancEr), a Lebanese association that has been helping children/adolescent cancer patients for the last 14 years.

The President of CHANCE, Doctor Roula Farah (seen in picture), paid tribute to the moms who are always present by their sick children’s side giving them unconditional love and support.

Dr Farah also sang with the invitees and a few sick children, the CCI anthem, “We Are One”. This song was specially written by the team behind the Disney movie “Frozen”, on the occasion of the International Childhood Cancer Day. CHANCE has now translated this into Arabic and its youtube has garnered many following.

The event was a huge success and all moms left loaded with gifts offered by faithful sponsors. They were full of satisfaction, love and joy because having CHANCE by their side, means never feeling alone, as one battles cancer and hope for a happy future with their children with cancer.

Paint Pals : Building Connections and Nurturing Friendships

Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 3.24.13 PMIn September 2015, Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF)-Singapore piloted the Pint Pals Programme that connects children and youth in hospitals, who are between seven and 21 years old. Adopting a pen pal concept, this programme gives kids and young adults with cancer, the opportunity to interact and exchange artworks that reflect different aspects of themselves and their experiences, including those relating to their stay in the hospital.

September 2015

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Highlights of the 2015 CCI Asia Regional ConferenceAsia_meeting

Carmen Auste & Benson Pau, June 2015

“Towards a Better Cancer Care for Children of Asia and the World” was the theme for the 9th CCI Asia Conference held in Amman, Jordan from 25-26 April 2015.

Posted on June 15, 2015

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Ms. Poonam Bagai was awarded by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics

Poonam Bagai, Cankids…Kidscan founder and chairman and CCI board member, was awarded for their contribution to Child Health in India.

Posted on April 07, 2015

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