A Three Day Mega scientific meet on Oncology, the medical specialization dealing with Cancer –‘Best of ASCO’ (American Society of Clinical Oncology) being held in Chandigarh, concluded at hotel Hyatt Regency on Sunday. The Conference was held by ASCO in collaboration with Max Cancer Care Centre, Mohali. 


"The objective of ‘Best of ASCO’ 2017 was to share most recent research data and papers which have had an impact on patient care, and were presented at the Global ASCO Conference held in June in Chicago, USA. Over three days, as many as 500 Cancer specialists, surgeons and radiation oncologists from abroad and pan India discussed path-breaking cancer research papers," said Dr Gautam Goyal, Organising Secretary Best of ASCO and Consultant Medical Oncologist, Max Hospital Mohali.


With the theme of ‘Demystifying Advances in Oncology’, the Conference gave a great opportunity to the fraternity to know about latest paradigms in cancer treatment. "What came up at the conference was that immuno-oncology therapies do hold hope in cancer treatment. Precision or molecular oncology too heralds lot of promise," said Dr Sachin Gupta, Co-Organising Secretary of ‘Best of ASCO’.

The Conference discussed threadbare these newer treatment protocols of immuno and molecular oncology. Dr Bar Jair, Dy Director, Institute of Oncology, Sheeba Medical Centre, Israel; Dr Jacob Sands, Assistant Professor, Lahey Medical centre, Boston, Dr Amit Oza and Dr Sanjeev Agarwala were the oncologists from abroad, who gave talks.

A few well-known names from India who gave presentations were Dr Purvish Parikh, Director, Precision Medicine, Asian Institute of Oncology, Mumbai; Prof Kumar Prabhash, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and Dr D C Dovol, Rajeev Gandhi Cancer Institute, Delhi among others. Dr Harit Chaturvedi, Chairman (Cancer Care), Max Healthcare also attended the meet.


Dedicated lectures by top Oncologists engaged the Gynaecologists’ fraternity on aspects like facts of cancer, the diagnosis, approach to treatment and newer modalities of treatment. There was an exclusive lecture on HIPEC, a new form of treatment of ovarian cancer. Organ Preservation surgery in cancer was also an interesting point of discussion.