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Special Session on the Hematologic Response to Mass Casualty Radiological Disasters

Program: Special-Interest Sessions
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Biological, Therapies, bone marrow, Technology and Procedures, transplantation
Sunday, December 10, 2017: 9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Bldg B, Lvl 4, B401-B402 (Georgia World Congress Center)
Dennis L Confer, MD, National Marrow Donor Program
No relevant conflicts of interest to declare.
This session is a discussion of existing preparations for mass casualty radiological disasters that affect the United States and how the hematology and oncology community will be brought to bear to assist. The session will begin with a description of the disaster scenario, its complications and the resulting surge in medical care that will impact the entire Nation (this can be applied to any nation in the world, and an international radiological connection will be included). The scenario will be followed by a brief overview of the Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN) including the preparedness efforts to date as well as description of resulting resources available to the Hem/Onc community. The response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake that resulted in the tsunami and the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster will be reviewed, including the response complications for a hospital and community that had to make do with scarce resources for an extended period of time. Finally, the session will be capped with the perspective of a bone marrow transplant (BMT) physician who has been involved with the implementation of preparedness for an RITN Center, and the successes, failures and lessons learned from the experience. The session will culminate with recommendations for those who are not engaged with preparedness efforts at their institution to improve the preparedness of their institution and Hem/Onc divisions.

Cullen Case Jr.

Radiation Injury Treatment Network, National Marrow Donor Program, Minneapolis, MN

Kenneth E Nollet, MD, PhD

Radiaton Medical Science Center, Office of International Cooperation, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, JPN; Department of Blood Transfusion and Transplantation Immunology, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima, Japan

Nelson J. Chao, MD

Duke Cancer Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Durham