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2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium
San Francisco, California
January 18 to 20, 2018

The theme of this year's meeting is “Multidisciplinary care: local practice, global outcomes.” ASCO GI is a gathering place for international experts to explore developments in the prevention, screening and treatment of cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, colon and rectum. Sessions look at topic areas including: assessing response and individualizing management of esophageal adenocarcinoma; multidisciplinary management of less common gastric tumours; and the role for locoregional therapies in stage IV esophageal and gastric cancers. Case presentations and debates are featured in some sessions. Contact: Tel: 888-788-1522; Email: or; Website:

Accelerating Precision Medicine
Toronto, Ontario
January 19, 2018

The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is hosting this conference, which will explore technologic advances to realize precision medicine and review successful implementation practices for precision medicine in clinical practice. The overall objective is to find novel solutions to realizing personalized medicine. Registration is free of charge. Contact: Mary Hooey, conference manager; Tel: 416-946-4457; Email:

Genitourinary Cancers Symposium
San Francisco, California
February 8 to 10, 2018

This multidisciplinary scientific and educational meeting is the ideal venue to present the latest science and its clinical application to all members of the cancer care community. The theme of this year's conference is “Translating evidence to multidisciplinary care.” The opening session will look at the place of magnetic resonance-directed biopsy. Session topics include adjuvant therapy, emerging diagnostics and therapies in advanced prostate cancer, immunotherapy in bladder cancer patients undergoing radiation, active surveillance in small renal tumours, and much more. Case-based debates will be held on local treatment in patients with newly diagnosed metastatic disease, and on abiraterone vs docetaxel. Contact: Tel: 888-282-2552; Email:; Website:

Canadian Lung Cancer Conference
Vancouver, British Columbia
February 9 and 10, 2018

The meeting has a multidisciplinary focus to meet the needs of a wide variety of professionals. Guest speakers will provide a wealth of expertise and knowledge to optimize the treatment of lung cancer patients. Chaired by Drs. Barb Melosky and Cheryl Ho, the meeting aims to improve the care of patients with lung cancer, review new approaches to the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), discuss the role of radiation oncology in the management of NSCLC, and update surgical options in NSCLC therapy. The opening keynote address by Dr. Luis Paz-Ares from Spain will provide an overview of lung cancer today and tomorrow. Contact: HayMatick Meetings and Events, Tel: 778-882-4389; Email:; Website:

Cancer Survivorship Symposium: Advancing Care and Research
Orlando, Florida
February 16 and 17, 2018

This unique symposium provides information about survivorship issues that both primary care physicians and oncologists are faced with throughout the cancer care continuum. Sessions will explore the economic impact on survivors and caregivers, the challenges of making sense of guidelines, health promotion after cancer, survivorship care plans, pathways to coordinated care, and much more. Contact: Tel: 888-282-2552; Email:

Canadian Melanoma Conference
Banff, Alberta
February 22 to 25, 2018

Presented by Oncology Education, this conference brings together medical oncologists, surgeons, dermatologists, radiotherapists, pathologists, molecular biologists, immunologists and other allied health professionals interested in the treatment of melanoma worldwide. The meeting is chaired by Dr. Scott Ernst and includes presentations on the molecular basis of resistance to immunotherapy and to targeted therapy; adjuvant treatment of high-risk melanoma; and a health economics update. Contact: Andrea Segal, Email:; Website:

Canadian Conference on Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lake Louise, Alberta
March 2 to 25, 2018

This meeting has been designed to meet the educational needs of hematologists, oncologists, general practitioners in oncology, and other healthcare providers involved in the management of patients with lymphoproliferative and plasma cell disorders. Attendees will find out about clinical practice guidelines for chronic lymphocytic leukemia non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma; new WHO classification for lymphoproliferative disorders; and survivorship issues. Dr. Douglas Stewart will present on treatment of relapsed/refractory patients with Hodgkin lymphoma. Dr. Nizar Bahlis will look at advances in treatment for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, and challenging cases will be explored. Dr. Wendy Lam and Dr. Laurie Sehan are cochairing the planning committee this year. Contact: Tel: 250-714-2591; Email:

Canadian Association of Medical Oncology Annual Scientific Meeting 2018
Toronto, Ontario
April 26, 2018

Dr. David Dawe and Dr. Jean-Pierre Ayoub are cochairing the meeting, which opens with a keynote address on the hot topic of marijuana. Sessions will explore the role of medical oncologists beyond systemic therapy, look at incorporating patient reported outcomes in routine clinical care, and much more. Organizers have issued a call for abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is January 25, 2018. Contact: Tel: 613-415-6033; Email:

American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting 2018
Chicago, Illinois
June 1 to 5, 2018

The ASCO Annual Meeting debates and papers will cover the latest news in clinical and translational science in the areas of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Workshops scheduled for June 1 will be held on risk communication, genomics and developing a survivorship clinic. The organizers have launched a call for abstracts; the deadline for submissions is February 13, 2018. Contact: ASCO customer service, Tel: 888-282-2552; Email: customerservice@asco-org

19th World Conference on Lung Cancer
Toronto, Canada
September 23 to 26, 2018

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) is the world's largest meeting dedicated to lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. Dr. Frances Shepherd is Honorary Chair and the meeting is copresided by Dr. Natasha Leighl, Dr. Andrea Bezjak and Dr. Gail Darling from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. More than 7,000 delegates come from more than 100 countries to discuss the latest developments in thoracic malignancy research. Attendees include surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pulmonologists, radiologists, pathologists, epidemiologists, basic research scientists, nurses and allied health professionals and patients. Abstract submission opens on February 1, 2018, with a deadline of May 4. Contact: Conference manager Grit Schoenherr, Email:; conference secretariat: Tel: 604-681-2153; Website:

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