The truly multidisciplinary nature of the 2008 Clinical Oncological Society of Australia’s (COSA) Annual Scientific Meeting, reflected the level of maturity of our organisation and the fulfillment of its aim in bringing together cancer care providers from all disciplines to share information and experiences towards improving patient care.
Our partnerships with the International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR) and the Australia and New Zealand Gastrooesophageal Surgical Association (ANZGOSA), provided fruitful interaction and allowed high quality international and national guests to contribute to robust discussion. In the plenary sessions, a range of speakers covering epidemiology, clinical sciences, supportive care and psycho-oncology represented the wholistic approach to cancer care. The breakout sessions featured excellent input from our guest speakers, as well as high quality proffered papers.
Several innovations were enthusiastically embraced by participants, including the oral poster discussion sessions located alongside the poster displays; the presentation of the Tom Reeve award – congratulations again to Lester Peters – at the fabulous conference dinner (great band!); the “What constitutes a cancer centre” panel discussion and the “Hot Topic” debate on “Who owns our genes”, which was a very stimulating way to end our meeting. Most gratifying was seeing the sessions filled by members of each and every COSA group sitting alongside one another, rather than each group running their own ‘mini-meeting’.
Congratulations to those who won our ‘Best of the Best’ oral and poster awards:
Yu Yang Soon – Clinical sciences
Duration of chemotherapy for advanced non-small cell lung cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised trials.
Elgene Lim – Translational science
Investigation of stem and progenitor subpopulations in human breast tissue from BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers.
Kerrie Clover – Supportive care
QUICA-TOUCH: The first 12 months of screening for distress, pain and psychopathology.
Sara Beckett – Data trials guidelines
Investigating early childhood immunisations within an Australian case control study of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Skin cancer screening practices among individuals with a strong family history of malignant melanoma: Prevalence and predictors.
What impact have National Treatment Recommendations had on the management of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast?
Prospective study of vitamin D levels in Sydney patients with a new diagnosis of breast cancer in 2008.
Geriatric Oncology Program at Royal Adelaide Hospital – analysis of first 50 patients.
The implications of changing from film to digital mammography for different patient groups. Abstract #415
An interactive computer based decision aid (Annalisa©) balancing evidence and outcome preferences to determine treatment options in rectal cancer.
Involving patients in reaching treatment decisions motivations, consequences and effects on decision responsibility.
The impact of cognitive and behavioural sequelae in patients with primary brain tumour on family members.
Eligibility of Stage IIIB/IV non-small cell lung cancer patients for targeted therapy clinical trials.
Translating information into knowledge and practice: A critique of a novel cancer prevention intervention.
Thank you to all participants, including our consumer representatives, and to the 2008 convening committee for all your hard work. Special thanks to Margaret McJannett, without whom the meeting would not be possible. We appreciate your diligence in completing the feedback form, and your comments will be used towards a truly excellent Annual Scientific Meeting in 2009 – don’t miss it – see you there (looking a lot less frazzled)!