International Symposium: 10th World Congress on Gastrointestinal
Cancer will be held 25 - 28 June 2008 in Barcelona,
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Abstract notification Mailed
7 April 2008
Abstract Presenter Registration Deadline
30 April 2008
12 June 2008
25 - 28 June 2008
are pleased to invite to you to attend the 10th anniversary
meeting of the World Congress on Gastrointestinal
be held in Barcelona, Spain 25 to 28 June 2008. Over
the last 10 years, more than 12,000 attendees from
98 countries have attended this Congress, and we are
excited to see the growth in scope and participation
every year. The Congress 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
for common and uncommon tumors.
much to celebrate from the past years. The number of deaths
from colorectal cancer has been dropping. Polyps are being
found by screening and removed before they can develop into
cancers. Screening is also allowing more colorectal cancers
to be found earlier when the disease is easier to cure. In
addition, treatment for colorectal cancer has improved over
the last 10 years, allowing for more effective options for
people with this diagnosis.
there is still much work to be done. The incidence
of gastrointestinal cancers is staggering. According to The
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of
the World Health Organization, worldwide more than 1,000,000
men and women are diagnosed annually with colon and rectal
cancer. Oesophageal cancer (462,117), pancreatic (232,306)
and liver cancers (626,162) affect hundreds of thousands more.
In Europe alone, cancers of the colon and rectum are the second
most diagnosed cancer with 412,900 new cases in 2006, making
it the second most common cause of cancer death in both men
Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer continues to serve as a multidisciplinary forum of
leading practitioners including oncologists, gastroenterologists,
surgeons, radiotherapists, specialists in cancer research
as well as oncology nurses to review the state of the
art and share the newest information on the management
of gastrointestinal cancer. Patients’ advocacy
groups are also becoming more and more interested in
Presentation of cutting-edge research has become one
of the highlights of the World Congress on Gastrointestinal
Cancer, offering opportunities for researchers to interact with
colleagues and share their endeavors with the healthcare community.
In 2007, more than 400 abstracts were accepted for presentation
and publication in a special supplement to the Annals of Oncology.
ESMO International Symposium: 10th World Congress on Gastrointestinal
Cancer promises to continue the tradition of excellence and
stimulate the interest of its participants. We look forward
to continuing the journey with you this year.
Mario Dicato, MD
Luxembourg Medical Center
Van Cutsem, MD, PhD
University Hospital Gasthuisberg