|Experts come together for cancer meeting|
|Monday, 05 March 2012|
The Scientific Conference of BASO ~ the Association for Cancer Surgery, took place 7-8 November 2011 at the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Prominent lecturers from around the world and a programme of topics related to different cancer sites, all relevant to surgical oncology, attracted over 260 delegates from the UK and abroad to BASO ~ ACS’s annual conference.
Milan’s Professor Umberto Veronesi proffered an overview of his vision of breast cancer surgery, form his early scientific achievements in the 70s to the future of this specialty, focusing on how best to deliver effective treatment with the lowest number of unnecessary side-effects.
The state of art regarding Thromboprophylaxis in Cancer Surgery was summarised by Ajay Kakkar who also disclosed the latest findings of his own research.
Cancer Commissioning was summarised and discussed by Garth Cruickshank, and Jerome Pereira outlined educational issues with a talk on Masters in Surgery Postgraduate Education for Cancer Surgeons.
The role, effectiveness and costs of intra-operative radiotherapy was analysed in a symposium where Jayant S. Vaidya presented the leading UK experience on Targeted Intraoperative Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer (TARGIT) while Erik Van Limbergen pointed out alternative modalities which are presently being tested and implemented.
The usefulness of sophisticated imaging techniques, and their crucial role in assisting surgical management was the topic of the symposium Experimental Technique on Sentinel Node Biopsy Using Microbubbles, which was introduced by Peter A. Jones. The value of PETCT in colorectal cancer was critically assessed by Rohit Kochhar; Gina Brown disclosed her findings of MRI rectal cancer imaging and how this can improve surgical cutcomes; Chris Stone informed the audience on his experience on computer-aided surgical planning in the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma.
A whole symposium was dedicated to the role of the keyhole approach in oesophageal, thoracic, breast and gynaecological cancer surgery. The final lecture was by Dr Iain McGilchrist, author of The Master and his Emissary and the final event for the day was the Surgical Oncology Trainees Associations’ first meeting, which was followed by drinks reception with classical music and poster viewing.
"Professor Veronesi proffered an overview of his vision of breast cancer surgery, form his early scientific achievements in the 70s to the future of this specialty"
On the second day we had Richard Satava presenting a visionary talk on the future of surgery. State of the art surgical intervention on bone metastases, Stage IV breast cancer, lung metastases and liver metastases was presented in a dedicated symposium.
The BJS Lecture was proffered by Armando Giuliano on SLNs in breast cancer. Andrew Baildam disclosed his vision of cancer care and the Ernest Miles Lecture was assigned to William Allum.
Controversies on reconstructive surgery were discussed by Dick Rainsbury (skin sparing mastectomy), Gilles Toussoun (lipofilling) and Sat Parmar (facial reconstructions for oral cancer).
Prizes for oral presentations were awarded to: Mr Jagdeep for the Alan Edwards Prize; Mr Sameer-ul Haque for the BJS prize and a joint first for the Ronald Raven Prize was awarded to Mr Paul Farrelly and Mrs Clare Schilling.
The 2012 conference will be held on 19-20 November at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, and we hope to see you there.
Professor Riccardo Audisio, Meeting Secretary