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The Third European Conference on Interventional Oncology, ECIO 2012, was a truly outstanding educational event, which reflected the dynamic growth observed in the field in recent years. The conference saw 1,120 delegates from 60 countries take part in over 40 hours of educational sessions, covering a diverse spectrum of oncologic considerations.
New Advances, New Formats
New session formats were introduced during ECIO 2012 to maximise the sharing of scientific know-how, including a “Meet the Professors’ format, in which expert practitioners discussed how they select and treat patients for given clinical cases. E-voting allowed for active audience participation, and new Hands-on Workshops allowed participants to practise ablation techniques under the guidance of experts.
Interdisciplinary collaboration remained a cornerstone of ECIO, with the innovative “Bring Your Referring Physician” programme once again attracting numerous oncologists, hepatologists and nephrologists to the conference.
Other established sessions that took place included workshops, clinical and technical focus sessions and guest lectures all of which showcased the excellent technical skills, sound clinical management and well-founded research that characterise interventional oncology.
ECIO 2012 provided a valuable platform for industry partners. Circling the main auditorium, the state-of-the-art technical exhibition space allowed industry partners to showcase some of the latest equipment and devices used in interventional oncology. Medical device companies also took the opportunity to deliver a range of satellite symposia and learning centres to the record number of medical professionals who attended the conference.
ECIO Goes Annual
In 2012, ECIO went from a biennial event to an annual fixture in the interventional radiological calendar. By making ECIO an annual event, CIRSE aims to support the advancement of interventional oncology as well as the interventional radiologists involved in it.
Interventional radiologists have always made an important contribution to the palliation of cancer patients and in recent years potentially curative interventional radiological procedures have been developed, enabling them to contribute even more to the field of oncology. Thus, interventional oncology is fast becoming the fourth oncological discipline, alongside surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. This upgraded role makes it important to focus in detail on every aspect of this important subject, and to explore not only technological developments but also issues relating to training and practice.
The ECIO makes an important contribution in this regard, as it offers comprehensive coverage of new developments and offers opportunities to interventional radiologists to keep up to date with this subject, which has great strategic importance for the specialty.
For further information please visit www.ecio.org
We look forward to welcoming you in Budapest!
Thierry De Baere
The ECIO 2013 Advisory Board