About the World Congress
The ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer is the world’s leading forum for practicing clinicians and specialists in cancer research to review the state of the art and share the newest information on the management of gastrointestinal cancer.
Congress chairs Mario Dicato, MD and Eric Van Cutsem, MD, PhD have been with the Congress since its inception in 1999 as Perspectives in Colorectal Cancer, along with Jacques Wils, of Laurentius Hospital, Roermond, The Netherlands, who retired as chair following the 2003 Congress. At the end of 2004, an agreement was reached between the organizers and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) to collaborate on the development of the Congress, further increasing the educational value of this event and increasing exposure to a wider audience. In 2011, the Congress was host to more than 3,400 attendees from around the world with more than 100 countries represented.
Since its inception in 1999, the Congress has strived to increase its educational quality and scope for attendees. It has grown into an event that encompasses malignancies affecting every component of the gastrointestinal tract and aspects related to the care of all gastrointestinal cancer patients, including screening, diagnosis, and the latest management options (prevention, treatment, and supportive care) for common and uncommon tumors. With a focus on personalized therapy, multidisciplinary management and unraveling molecular mechanisms, this event educates and updates the broad range of experts who participate in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers, providing a clear overview for treatment.
The Congress is built around a multi-disciplinary approach provided in plenary lectures by widely recognized experts, complemented with presentations of selected controversial topics, meet the expert sessions, case discussions, and satellite symposia on specific topics.
The World Congress offers continuing medical education credits for physicians through EACCME and ESMO.
Future Congress Dates
3 - 6 July
25 - 28 June