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APSA Committees carry out a number of different critical functions for the association. 

The mission of the Cancer Committee is to educate the APSA membership on the current approaches to the treatment of children with cancer, as directed by the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), and to update the membership on new COG protocols and changes to existing ones. The mission also includes informing the membership of recent advances in pediatric oncology, both clinical and basic science. The primary vehicles for accomplishing this mission of education are the APSA newsletter, the APSA-COG website link, the COG session at the annual APSA meeting and the quadrennial pediatric surgical oncology conference held together with our international colleagues in the International Society of Pediatric Surgical Oncology (IPSO) at the APSA annual meeting.

Surgical Oncology Resources

For the convenience of the APSA membership, the Cancer Committee has aggregated a list of frequently used references for common pediatric malignancies

Cancer Committee Literature Reviews

The Cancer Committee prepares quarterly literature reviews for APSA members which provide an overview of recent cancer research pertinent to all pediatric surgeons. The selections are compiled by members of the Cancer Committee, but as a group, they are not endorsing the results of these studies as definitive practice. Continuing medical education maintenance of certification self-assessment credit for the literature reviews is available through APSA’s ExPERT CME Program. View the Cancer Committee Literature Reviews.

Handbooks for Cancer Surgery

Available to APSA members only, each handbook identifies APSA members who have extensive knowledge with this disease process and contains a one-minute review (to refresh just before an operation), staging materials, surgical management and other necessary information on this cancer. These handbooks are provided by the APSA Cancer Committee, and will be periodically updated to provide current standards of care for treatment. These handbooks are not meant to replace involvement with Children’s Oncology Group protocols, and continued participation in COG activities is strongly encouraged. View the handbooks on liver tumors, neuroblastoma, renal tumors and rhabdomyosarcoma.