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ESMO 2012 congress



Watch the videos recorded during the congress. All of them can be found in the ESMO 2012 playlist on YouTube.

Audio Interviews

ESMO 2012 podcasts

Audio interviews from ESMO 2012 are also available as podcast in the ESMO itunes library

See the list of interviewees and the topics they discussed below!

Nathan Cherny: Chair ESMO Palliative Care Working Group

Pain is an inevitable, yet a rather forgotten part of cancer. As the disease progresses, better and better palliative care, including effective pain relief, is vital.  Yet in far too many countries there is little, if any, decent pain relief. This is something that oncologists at ESMO 2012 have been discussing. Nathan Cherny talks to journalist Adam Kirtley about a worldwide study looking into the problem, and potential solutions.

Ramon Luengo-Fernandez: University of Oxford

A large study into the economic burden of cancer has been conducted by the University of Oxford. It looked not only at the direct healthcare costs, such as hospitalisation, drugs etc. but also at the burden of days lost, both by the patients and their carers. Dr. Ramon Luengo-Fernandez, an economist who worked on the study, talks to journalist Adam Kirtley about what exactly the study consisted of and what lessons might be learnt.

Cristiana Sessa: Medical Oncologist

Ovarian cancer is one of the more tricky ones. If caught early it is very much easier to treat. However early diagnosis without regular screening is difficult and once the disease advances, it gets much harder to treat.
Cristiana Sessa, a medical oncologist in Switzerland, speaks to journalist Adam Kirtley at the ESMO 2012 Congress in Vienna about where oncologists are in their quest to find solutions, and told him about some exciting news being revealed in Vienna.

Derek Power, Department of Medical Oncology, Mercy Hospital, Cork

Educating the public about how a third of cancers are preventable with lifestyle changes seems obvious but more efforts are needed to overcome myths on cancer risk factors. Dr. Derek Power talks to journalist Adam Kirtley about the results of a study being released at ESMO 2012 in Vienna.

Diana Eccles: University of Southampton

Educating oncologists and patients alike can help better diagnosis and care of cancer, let alone prevention, as discussed at ESMO 2012 within the general remit of "personalised care". Prof Diana Eccles from the University of Southampton, UK, spoke during the ESMO 2012 Congress about the need for specialists to not only treat a new case of cancer of course, but also to look at whether there was any pre-disposition to that cancer for genetic reasons. That can help in the treatment, but also in any screening programme of other close family members. She talks here to journalist Adam Kirtley

Christoph Zielinski: ESMO 2012 local host

Vienna saw the ESMO congress look at how cancer treatment is moving forward. Journalist Adam Kirtley talks to the official ESMO host in Vienna, Professor Christoph Zielinski, himself a breast cancer specialist at the Medical University of Vienna, about the importance of this congress and what it might reveal.

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