Oncoforum will gather more than 4 thousand participants
The Second International Forum of Oncologists and Radiologists has started its work in Moscow. It will bring together more than 4 thousand participants from Russia and an unprecedented number of foreign experts who have expressed interest in the development of oncology in our country.
On the eve of the event, the chairman of the organizing committee of the forum, the chief oncologist of the Ministry of Health of Russia ANDREY KAPRIN gave an interview to the Interfax news agency
Moscow. September 21. INTERFAX.RU — The II International Forum of Oncology and Radiology will be held in Moscow on September 23-27. More than 4,500 specialists from all over the world will take part in it. This is twice as much as last year. The scientific program of the forum will include 18 thematic congresses, three schools, four congresses and traditional Scientific readings in memory of Academician A.F. Tsyba.
The world’s largest specialists and their young colleagues will be able to exchange scientific knowledge and, equally important, establish personal contacts, as well as get acquainted with the activities of scientific institutes, public structures operating in the field of oncology, radiology and related fields.
About what the organizers and its participants expect from the forum, to the special correspondent”Interfax” Vyacheslav Terekhov was told by the chairman of the organizing committee, the chief oncologist of the Ministry of Health of Russia, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Andrey Kaprin.
The Forum is not only an exchange of opinions, but also a platform for learning
— Why do we need such forums? There are often many speeches on them, but they all remain in the annals of congresses. What results do you expect from this forum?
— I will answer in order. A forum of such a level as ours is, first of all, a serious and large platform for learning, exchange of best practices created in the scientific world of our and related specialties. To see with your own eyes the most unique operations, to hear about the most interesting studies from their authors — that’s the meaning of such a meeting in Moscow. The forum will feature presentations by such stars of the first magnitude as Professors Rainer Rienmuller (Austria), Michel Coleman (England), Wolf Wieland and Olaf Ortman (Germany), Nadezhda Rozhkova, Andrey Vazhenin, Vladimir Uiba, Alexey Belyaev (Russia), representatives of Hungary, Serbia and many others. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss issues of concern, exchange experiences and, of course, communicate in a friendly atmosphere.
This year there will be twice as many participants compared to last year. A team of 39 specialists will come from Germany alone. They will make presentations, operate, conduct master classes, test new devices.
— Operate together?
– yes. Russian and German surgeons will test a new 3D gamma detector device to detect the sentry node. This procedure helps to assess the situation with the early appearance of metastases as accurately as possible and choose the best therapy option. The operation, which will be broadcast from the operating room of the Hertsen Moscow Cancer Research Institute, will be watched by relevant specialists, members of the forum.
I would like to emphasize that the forum participants will be able to discuss issues related to solving the problems of early diagnosis of all types of cancer, modern methods of treatment of malignant neoplasms. In addition, within the framework of the scientific program, a large number of thematic congresses, “round tables”, master classes will be held, which will be broadcast from real operating rooms.
All the “stars” are coming to us
— Among the invited guests there are many stars of the first magnitude from various countries where oncology is developed quite strongly. What attracts them to come to this congress?
— You know, I am convinced that medicine does not and should not have borders, especially in such a topical issue as the spread of cancer. Yes, we are really waiting for guests of the first magnitude and we hope that this meeting will give a new impetus to the development of the most advanced forms of combating malignant neoplasms. For example, specialists from Japan (Osaka Cancer Center) will come to us, with whom we recently signed an agreement on the creation of a teleplatform for remote diagnostics and joint development of new equipment and technologies. And we are waiting for the development of these relations, including on the sidelines of the Second Forum of Oncology and Radiology. We expect that a special session on theranostics (a system that allows you to simultaneously attack cancer with therapeutic molecules and observe the effect of therapy in real time using an ultra—sensitive MRI – IF) and banking will be of great interest to the participants, which will be conducted by Professor Rainer Rienmuller, a leading world-class specialist, our great friend from Gass University (Austria). You have probably heard that we have started creating our own bank of biological materials. We are, in fact, at the beginning of the road, and our colleagues have already accumulated a lot of experience and material in this. For science as a whole, to understand the processes taking place in a cancer cell, this is fundamentally important.
Many foreign guests will take part in the IV international readings in memory of Academician A.F.Tsyba, which this year will be devoted to the topic of combined treatment in oncology. Our center in Obninsk is the ancestor of many scientific directions in radiology, the use of complex and combined methods of treatment. That’s why experts from many countries come to us with their experience and questions. Participation in the conference will allow everyone to gain valuable knowledge for future professional and scientific achievements, as well as contribute to solving the key problems facing oncology today. Because, I repeat, we all have a common task: to win”the plague of the XXI century”.
— Oncology is an interdisciplinary science. Will issues related to the organization of interaction between specialists working in different fields, not only medicine, but also different branches of science and technology, be discussed?
— Absolutely. The Forum is designed to unite the efforts of healthcare organizers, as well as specialists in the field of pharmacology, chemotherapy, oncology, radiology, medical physicists and, of course, psychologists without fail.
The forum will discuss, in addition to medical, legal aspects in all areas related to oncology, as well as in the field of medical education, nursing development and many other problems, without which the development of oncology is unthinkable.
We have something to show!
— What attracts foreign specialists in the activities of their Russian colleagues? What can we tell them?
— There are many reasons that arouse great interest of the professional community in the activities of their Russian colleagues. It is known that Russia has set itself the task in four years to significantly increase the early detection of cancer and reduce mortality. The entire medical community of Russia, as well as state corporations, executive and legislative authorities and the media are involved in solving this problem.
It is already obvious that the preparation and implementation of the state program to combat cancer has given a powerful impetus to the reform and development of the oncological service of the country. And I think that our esteemed foreign colleagues could not fail to notice this. In addition, there are a number of areas in which we are undisputed leaders, especially in surgery and performing unique operations, for which almost no one in the world has yet taken up.
Our colleagues are particularly interested in our experience of performing brachytherapy operations on the liver and pancreas. The fact is that no one does these operations except us. Or, for example, the clinical experience of using domestic proton and photodynamic therapy (PDT). We are considered recognized leaders in this field, and our experience is considered all over the world. Recently, at the famous readings of the Helmholtz Society in Heidelberg, Germany, in his program lecture, the Nobel laureate, Professor Harald zur Hausen, speaking of PDT as one of the actively developing areas, referred to the work of the Hertsen Institute and Dr. Chissov and to acquaintance with him as an outstanding figure primarily of practical science.
We have learned how to use our own microspheres for endovascular radioembolization (ER) of liver tumors, which, by the way, are several times cheaper than manufacturers from Canada and Australia. They have been monopolists in this area up to this point (ER is an effective and breakthrough method of treating malignant neoplasms based on the destruction of cancer cells using radioactive microspheres delivered to the tumor via arterial vessels — IF). We have tremendous success in plastic and reconstructive surgery: we not only rid a person of a tumor, but also restore a lost organ, usually from the patient’s own biomaterial. So we have something to show and surprise with.
— How will the forum be held: hours-long plenary sessions or work on sections, round tables?
— There will be everything: many-hour sessions on sections, and master classes, which I have already mentioned, and organizational congresses of leading professional communities, such as the Association of Oncologists of Russia, the Association of Directors of Institutes of Oncology and Radiology of the CIS and Eurasia, the First congress of nurses will take place. There will be an exhibition of the latest equipment and drugs. We have prepared a very interesting and rich program in which everyone will find their interest. We plan to sign a number of agreements with our partners. The uniqueness of the forum will manifest itself both in terms of content and in the format of the event itself.
— Walking along one of the alleys of the Obninsk Center, I heard patients sitting on a bench, judging by their clothes, looking at a group of center employees, saying with respect: “Doctors!”. What will the forum give to these people who are being treated in cancer clinics?