Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium

MCC-NCI logoThis symposium, presented by the Division of Surgical Oncology and the UK Markey Cancer Center, will highlight the latest advances in gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, and pancreatic cancer treatment. We will discuss clinical trials, endoscopic techniques, high-dose radiation treatments, and ablative treatments for metastatic disease. Learn about the latest surgical treatments, such as hepatic artery infusion (HAI), hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), and pressurized intraperitoneal chemotherapy (PIPAC). Those attending will also learn about immunotherapy, targeted therapies, and the use of artificial intelligence in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, participants will have the chance to network with leading experts in the field.

This meeting is for oncologists, surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, oncology nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, clinical oncology pharmacists, clinical research staff, cancer center administrators, cancer center program leaders, patient advocates, and medical students. Attendance is open to everyone.


September 2024
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Lexington Marriott City Center


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Time Session
7–7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:45–8 a.m. Welcome Introduction
Upper GI Session  
8–8:20 a.m. Updates in Gastric Cancer Clinical Trials
8:20–8:50 a.m. Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms
8:50–9:10 a.m. Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) in Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
9:10–9:30 a.m. Ablative Radiation Therapy for Inoperable Pancreatic Cancer
9:30–9:45 a.m. Break
9:45–10:30 a.m. Updates in Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials (Featured Speaker)
Regional Therapies Session #1 Hepatic Artery Infusion
10:30–11 a.m. Introduction to HAI Therapy
11–11:30 a.m. HAI for Colorectal Liver Metastases (Keynote Address)
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch
Breakout Sessions  
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Room #1: HAI Therapy Cases and Panel Discussion
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Room #2: HIPEC/PIPAC Cases and Panel Discussion
Liver and Bile Duct Session  
1–1:20 p.m. Advanced Endoscopic Techniques
1:20–1:50 p.m. Cholangiocarcinoma (Invited Speaker)
1:50–2:10 p.m. Regional Therapies for Inoperable HCC
2:10–2:30 p.m. Updates in HCC
2:30–2:40 p.m. Break
Regional Therapies Session #2 Heated Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)
2:40–3:10 p.m. Introduction to HIPEC
3:10–3:40 p.m. Pressurized Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (PIPAC) (Invited Speaker)
Lower GI Session  
3:40–4 p.m. Updates in Rectal Cancer
4–4:30 p.m. Circulating Tumor DNA in the Management of Colorectal Cancer (Invited Speaker)
4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

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