Lancet to hold its 2007 Medical Forum on Cancer Management in Asia

Over 400 leading oncology experts, researchers, and policymakers from around the world will convene in Singapore next year for The Lancet's Asia Medical Forum on Cancer Management in Asia in the 21st century, April 21-22, 2007.

Asia is on the cusp of a major cancer epidemic of unprecedented proportions. Projections suggest that the number of new cases of cancer in Asia will increase from 3.5 million in 2002 to 8.1 million by 2020 if existing prevention and management strategies remain unchanged. Currently, very few cancer screening programmes are available in Asia; access to treatment is inadequate – for example, Indonesia has fewer than an eighth of the number of radiotherapy machines needed to provide sufficient coverage for the entire population; and research is still but a fraction of the worldwide effort. Unsurprisingly then the number of cancer survivors in Asia is very small compared with numbers in Europe and the USA.

The Forum will address the specific issues surrounding the provision, and future needs, of effective cancer care in Asia, focusing on the ten most prevalent cancers in the Asia-Pacific region – namely, cancers of the stomach, liver, oesophagus, mouth, colon, lung, breast, uterus, ovary, and prostate. In addition, world opinion-leaders will discuss the causes of cancer in Asia, health-care systems, and the challenges of providing effective disease management with limited resources, along with views on state-of-the-art techniques in the areas of diagnostics, medical oncology, radiation therapy, and surgical oncology.

The Forum will also host an educational workshop on how to run a clinical trial, presented by world-renowned specialists, to help foster new clinical research.

Dr David Collingridge, Editor of The Lancet Oncology, states: "Cancer management in Asia poses a number of unique challenges, but, arguably, one of the most important at this time is ensuring effective healthcare systems are put in to place to manage the rapidly increasing numbers of cancer diagnosed in this part of the world. It is for this reason why we decided to convene a Forum in Singapore next year, which will bring together international opinion-leaders and policymakers to raise awareness and to galvanise action before the disease burden becomes unmanageable".

The Singapore Ministry of Health is supporting the Forum with the Minister for Health delivering the Opening Address alongside Dr. Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet. In addition, Prof. Satku, Director of Medical Services at the Singapore Ministry of Health, is inviting his counterparts from the Asia-Pacific region, to be his official guests at the Forum.

The Lancet's Asia Medical Forum will bring together 40 confirmed speakers, from 13 countries, including:

  • Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister for Health, Singapore
  • Prof Karol Sikora, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London, London, UK
  • Prof Soo Khee Chee, National Cancer Centre of Singapore, Singapore
  • Dr Peter Boyle, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
  • Prof Ketayun Dinshaw, Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India
  • Prof Morito Monden, Department of Surgery, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
  • Dr D Max Parkin, Clinical Trials Service Unit & Epidemiological Studies Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Prof John Wong, Department of Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital, University of Hong Kong, China
  • Prof Fred Hirsch, University of Colorado Cancer Center, CO, USA
  • Prof Sumitra Thongprasert, Department of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Prof John Zalcberg, Department of Medical Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Australia
  • Prof Cheng-Har Yip, Department of Surgery, University of Malaya Medical Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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For the full Forum programme please visit http://asiamedicalforum.com/forum_prog.htm

Journalists that are interested in attending the Forum will need to seek media accreditation please visit http://asiamedicalforum.com/press_media.htm

For the Forum website please visit http://asiamedicalforum.com/index.htm

For more information contact:-

Udani Samarasekera in The Lancet press office T) + 44 (0) 207 424 4949/4249 pressoffice@lancet.com

Tan Chai Chin in Reed Exhibitions Pte Ltd T) + 65 6780 4641 LancetAsiaForum@reedexpo.com.sg


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