12th Annual

Texas AYA Oncology Conference 2022 February 23-25, 2022


We Are Virtual in 2022

The Fort Worth AYA Oncology Coalition is proud to host the 12th annual Texas AYA Oncology Conference February 23-25, 2022. This conference will be virtual.

The conference’s purpose, content, and quality are exactly the same as it would be in person. In fact, a virtual meeting enables us to reach even more oncology professionals from around the country and globe!

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 Overall Conference Objectives:

  • Identify examples of online programming used successfully during the COVID pandemic to help support AYAs through their cancer experience and evaluate the aspects that predict successful utilization
  • Map the key elements of an AYA oncology program and determine service gaps
  • Examine a variety of implementation methods used to measure distress in AYA cancer patients
  • Appreciate the value and role of advance practice providers in the care of AYA patients
  • Name disparities in patient access to cancer care based on AYA age and/or Hispanic ethnicity
  • Improve individual and team communication with AYA patients and family around end of life issues
  • Identify the novel role of CAR T-cell therapy for solid tumors
  • Describe the common symptoms and diagnostic pathways of AYA cancer and role of patient and primary care provider awareness
  • Recognize significant and unique issues faced by AYA cancer patients and strategies they use to cope with diagnosis and treatment, concerns of recurrence and survivorship
  • Recognize the distress experienced by siblings of AYA cancer and identify interventions that can reduce
  • Describe the incidence and presentation of COVID in AYA cancer patients, its effects on cancer treatment, and the impact of the COVID on AYA cancer survivor distress
Texas AYA Oncology Conference

Whether you’re focused on research, patient care, or program development, there’s something in this conference for you.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, February 23rd




11:15-12:10 pm CST



From Symptom to Diagnosis to Care- the start of the AYA Cancer Pathway

Lorna Fern, PhD

Senior Research Fellow, Teenage and Young Adult Cancer

University College London Hospital



12:10- 1:05 pm CST




CAR T-cell Therapy for Solid Tumors

Stephen Gottschalk, MD

Chair, Department of BMT and Cellular Therapy

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital


1:05-1:15pm CST BREAK


1:15-2:10pm CST




Using a Distress Thermometer in AYAs- One Tool, Many Implementations

Brittany Hall, PhD

UTSW Moncrief Cancer Institute

Helen Bibby, B.Sc,(Psychol)(Hons), M.Psych(Clinical), MAPS, FCCLP –

Canteen Australia


2:10-3:05pm CST




Texas AYA Research Showcase

Eight 6 minute oral abstract presentations by Texas AYA researchers

Thursday, February 24th


11:00-11:05am CST



11:05-12:00 pm CST



Disparities among AYA patients and survivors, with a focus on Hispanic populations

Joel Milam, PhD

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Program in Public Health

University of California, Irvine

Allison Grimes, MD
Assistant Professor,

UTHSCSA Pediatric Hematology/Oncology


12:00- 12:55 pm CST




Advance Practice Providers- Expanding the Team Caring for AYAs

Donna Bell
MD Anderson (TX)

Katherine Donohue
Children’s National (DC)

Melissa Matson

Toni Leavitt
Cook Children’s (TX)

Nadine Linendoll
Tufts Medical Center (MA)

Katie Poll
Kourtney Russo
Center for Cancer and Blood 
Disorders (TX)

Emily Sarro 
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer
Center (NY)

Pamela Simon 
Stanford Children’s (CA)

Carly Witulski 
Cook Children’s (TX) 

12:55-1:05pm CST



1:05-2:00pm CST




Communicating with AYAs about End of Life Issues

Jonathan Avery, PhD

School of Nursing, University of British Columbia & Research Associate, Department of Supportive Care

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (UHN, Toronto)

2:00pm-2:55pm CST


Siblings of Cancer PatientsSupporting the ‘Forgotten One’

Fiona McDonald, PhD

Research Manager, CANTEEN, Australia

Helen Bibby, BS, MPsy, MAPS, FCCLP

Senior Research Officer, CANTEEN, Australia


Friday, February 25th

11:00-11:05am CST



11:05-12:00 pm CST





Julie Wolfson, MD, MSHS

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham 


12:00- 12:55 pm CST




Virtual Programming for AYAs- How COVID Spurred Creative Solutions to Connecting Cancer Survivors

Nick Giallourakis

Executive Director, Elephants and Tea

Mallory Casperson

CEO and Founder, Cactus Cancer Society

Stephanie Scoletti

Executive Director and Founder, Young Adult Survivors United

Richard Wilmore

Director of Storytelling, Hearts Need Art


12:55-1:05pm CST



1:05-2:00pm CST




AYA Program Concept Mapping

Hilary Gan, MA

Hospital Programs and Services Director, Teen Cancer America

Kara Noskoff

Hospital Programs and Services Manager, Teen Cancer America

Lauren Lux, LCSW

Director, AYA Program, University of North Carolina

Emily Haines, PhD

Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Betty Roggenkamp, MSHC
Independent Consultant

Bindu Kumar, MScN, BMTCN, RN
Nurse Consultant, CLA/TCA 


2:00-2:55pm CST




The Lived AYA Experience

A panel of AYA cancer patients answer questions about their cancer experience


The History Of This Annual Meeting

The Texas Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Conference is an annual meeting for healthcare professionals who are committed to enhancing the medical and psychosocial standard of care for young people diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.

Physicians, social workers, nurses, clinical navigators, psychologists, therapists,  advocacy partners, and oncology professionals of all disciplines attend this conference to discover emerging research, apply best practices, and collaborate with national program leaders in the field of AYA oncology.

The meeting began in 2010 to raise awareness about the many medical and psychosocial issues affecting the quality and quantity of life in this unique patient population. It has since expanded outside of San Antonio to become a national conference that includes hosts from Fort Worth (Fort Worth AYA Oncology Coalition), San Antonio, and Houston (MD Anderson AYA Program) in its annual rotation

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Cook Children’s Health Care System and Fort Worth AYA Oncology Coalition. Cook Children’s Health Care System is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physician: Cook Children’s Health Care System designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurse: Cook Children’s Health Care System designates this activity for 12.0 contact hours. You must sign in, attend the session in its entirety and complete the evaluation tool to receive credit for each session attended.

Social Work/LPC/LMFT: Cook Children’s Health Care System certifies that this meets the requirements for continuing education by the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council. This activity provides up to 12.0 clock hours.

TPA: This program is Approved by the Texas Psychological Association (Approval #2015-07) for 10.0 professional development hours.

Disparities across the Cancer Journey for Hispanic AYA patients:

This program has been designated by Cook Children’s Health Care System for 1.0 hour of cultural diversity credit.

Communicating with AYAs about End of Life Issues:

This program has been designated by Cook Children’s Health Care System for 1.0 hour of ethics credit.


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