ASTRO annual meeting again named a fastest growing tradeshow

The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's Annual Meeting has been selected by Tradeshow Week, a respected weekly industry magazine, as one of the 50 fastest growing tradeshows in the United States and Canada. This is the third time in four years that ASTRO's meeting has received this honor. ASTRO was the only health-related tradeshow recognized this year.

ASTRO has enjoyed consistent increases in the number of exhibitors and the exhibit hall space at its Annual Meeting in the past three years. In Salt Lake City, in 2003, ASTRO had 232 exhibitors in 96,000 net square feet. Since then, the number of exhibitors and the exhibit space has grown to 244 exhibitors and 101,200 net square feet in Atlanta for 2004 and 258 exhibitors and 108,900 net square feet in Denver for 2005. With the 2006 Annual Meeting scheduled November 5-9 in Philadelphia, ASTRO is expected to again surpass the previous years' in overall growth.

"It is an honor to be recognized by Tradeshow Week for our Annual Meeting's exceptional growth. It is a testament to the hard work of our dedicated volunteers and professional staff, namely Michele Cordie in Meetings and Kathy Thomas in Education," said ASTRO CEO Laura Thevenot. "The continued success of our meeting is further demonstration that radiation therapy continues to gain recognition as one of the least invasive, most effective and cost effective treatment for people with cancer."

ASTRO will be formally recognized by Tradeshow Week at an awards ceremony this November in Boston.

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For more information on ASTRO or its 48th Annual Meeting scheduled for November 5-9 in Philadelphia, please visit www.astro.org. Media interested in registering for ASTRO's 48th Annual Meeting, should visit www.astro.org/annual_meeting/media_corner/.

ASTRO is the largest radiation oncology society in the world, with more than 8,500 members who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. As the leading organization in radiation oncology, biology and physics, the Society is dedicated to the advancement of the practice of radiation oncology by promoting excellence in patient care, providing opportunities for educational and professional development, promoting research and disseminating research results and representing radiation oncology in a rapidly evolving socioeconomic healthcare environment.


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