1 (edited by marions Sat, 24 Mar 2012 10:15:50)

Topic: SSO conference Orlando, Florida

As you know, Karen and I are attending the Annual Society of Surgical Oncology Conference in Orlando.

Much to our surprise we were the only cancer foundation present. But the attendance of 1,200 physicians and others allowed us the opportunity to interact with the numerous people attending this conference.  Not surprising to us many physicians were from foreign countries and most had not head of our organization.  Keeping in mind that we are an organization with global outreach, we gladly used this occasion to further our reach worldwide. 

Several physicians asked for The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation to be present in Canada also.  At one point some time back some of our Canadian friends had contemplated staring a foundation for the disease of cholangiocarcinoma however; for various reasons the endeavor never came about.  Please know that we will share information and assist you in any way possible to make it happen.         

The majority of hepatobiliary cancer studies will be presented on Saturday however, the presentation of posters included some of interest to us.  Karen will report on details of the findings of the various studies in her upcoming posting and I will attend most of the upcoming sessions and then report back to you.

The Stand-up for Cancer organization came up with a clever idea by presenting a large board titled:  “Who do you stand up for?”  Without hesitation I added a quotation on behalf of our community.

My updated posting will include a picture for all to see.

Hugs to all,
Marion

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Re: SSO conference Orlando, Florida

Marion, thanks for the post, sounds really interesting down there, like you were the new stars on the horizon! Don't worry about the big bugs, they don't eat much!!!  LOL Looking forward to Karen's post and can't thank you both enough for representing us all!

Teddy ~In our hearts forever~ATTITUDE is EVERYTHING
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Hi Marion,

My thanks to both you and Karen for all your work here, it is so much appreciated. And of course I am looking forward also to reading yours and Karens postings about this conference. Big bugs.......yuck!!!!! Stay clear of them!!

Hugs,

Gavin

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Re: SSO conference Orlando, Florida

Hi Marion,

My thanks to both you and Karen for all your work here, it is so much appreciated. And of course I am looking forward also to reading yours and Karens postings about this conference. Big bugs.......yuck!!!!! Stay clear of them!!

Hugs,

Gavin

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This is my follow-up report on the SSO conference in Orlando.  Two sessions had been attended by me.

Society of Surgical Oncology conference March 22 -24, 2012


A.  Patterns of recurrence after resection of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma: Results from a multi-institutional cohort of 449 patients.

This abstract had been presented at ASCO 2011 also. 

This is a retrospective study of 449 patients who underwent surgery for ICC between 1973 and 2010.  The information was identified from an international multi-institutional database.
Most patients (70%) presented with a solitary tumor with a median size of 6.5cm without vascular invasion; 23% had lymph node vascular invasion.  32% percent of patients received chemotherapy and 39% received chemo radiation.
Surgical margin and neural invasion were associated with overall recurrence which presented in 75% of patients.  It also was relatively equally divided between those patients with recurrence in the liver and those with extrahepatic metastases. 


B. Influence of Non-Clinical Factors on Choice of Therapy for Early Hepatocellular Carcinoma was presented by Nathan H. Bridges.

This presentation described the related factors as to why either surgeon or institutions influence the choice of therapy for early hepatocellular carcinoma.

Liver transplantation, liver resection, and radiofrequency ablation, what is recommended?

This presentation addressed the issues of choice made by the specialists to treat the patient for liver transplantation, liver resection, and radiofrequency ablation.  A web-based survey with surgeons with interest in liver surgery was presented a 10 case scenario.

Clinical factors, including tumor number and size, and platelet count, were taking in account and with adjustments made for these factors; non-liver transplant surgeons choose liver resection over liver transplantation.  It appeared that the surgeon’s specialty 
proved to have an impact on the decision making however; what this study showed is that specialist view clinical factors differently.

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Forgot to mention:  the picture will be included in the upcoming blog posted in our Loose Leaf Notebook.

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Re: SSO conference Orlando, Florida

Thanks for your follow up post Marion. Looking forward as well to seeing the picture in the blog too!

Hugs,

Gavin

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