EMCTO 2011 – European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology
Lugano, Switzerland - 24 Feb - 26 Feb 2011
From 24-26 February 2011 international members of the lung cancer community convened in Lugano for the 2nd European Multidisciplinary Conference in Thoracic Oncology (EMCTO).
EMCTO is created in partnership with a multidisciplinary, authoritative group of European partners in thoracic oncology:ESMO, ESTRO, ESTS, ERS. An exceptionally prepared educational programme included sessions on novelties and updates in diagnostics in lung cancer, integration of staging procedures, presentation of common cases, optimal care for patients with different thoracic malignancies, treatment of pulmonary metastases to local therapy, and a panel discussion on requirements for thoracic oncology centres.
The scientific committee also presented the ESMO Guidelines for the Diagnosis, Treatment and Follow up on NSCLC” developed through the first European Consensus Conference on different aspects and challenging issues in this disease that encompass many entities on the basis of diversified pathobiology.
The conference was an excellent opportunity to interact with expert speakers and international peers while learning about integrated approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
EMCTO offers an educational interaction for physicians of all medical disciplines dealing with lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. The number of diagnostic and therapeutic options for patients with thoracic malignancies has markedly increased, allowing for an individualised approach based on the clinical situation and molecular characteristics of the tumour. How to best select among these options for the benefit of the patients within an integrative treatment approach will be at the core of the conference.