By Nicola M. Parry, DVM
From May 13 to 15, 2016, the 7th International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference (APLCC) took place at The Empress Convention Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Held bi-annually, this conference is a collaborative effort between the IASLC and Asia-Pacific Oncologists with an interest in thoracic oncology. Combining the strengths of both organizations, the conference attracts a varied audience that comprises physicians and scientists in basic and clinical fields of thoracic oncology research. By bringing together this diverse group of professionals, the conference plays a key role in providing timely updates from Western and Asia-Pacific faculty members in the practical clinical management and multidisciplinary care of patients with thoracic malignancies, as well as in the results of basic and clinical research.
According to conference chairperson, Sumitra Thongprasert, MD, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, APLCC 2016 attracted “more than 800 healthcare professionals and key opinion leaders from the region and around the world.” Dr. Thongprasert emphasized that the meeting thereby aimed to foster sharing of knowledge in the field of thoracic oncology, and ultimately advances the treatment of patients with lung cancer, in particular in Asia. She also added that the conference provided excellent opportunities for networking.
This year’s conference theme was “Optimizing Strategies for Cure in Lung Cancer.” During the 3-day program, experts in thoracic oncology presented updates on a variety of topics that address the scientific and educational needs of clinician attendees who care for patients with thoracic malignancies. The format included plenary sessions, oral and poster presentations, and industry-supported symposia—all designed to maximize learning and networking opportunities.
Throughout the conference, attendees shared updates on social media using the dedicated #APLCC2016 hashtag. Conference delegates were also encouraged to visit the exhibit hall where a range of commercial exhibitors exposed delegates to the latest technologies and therapies. ✦