|The 23rd Annual
Meeting of the Austrian Society of Surgical Oncology (ACO-ASSO) in 2006
will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of non-small cell lung cancer.
For the first time there will be a joint meeting with the Central European
countries of the 11th International Thoracic Surgery Congress - Germany,
Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland.
Lung cancer is the most common cause of death in cancer patients in Europe,
and it is the carcinoma where primary prevention plays an essential part.
Over the past decade the number of female lung cancer patients has steadily
increased, but on the other hand new findings in the field of molecular
genetics and neoadjuvant regimens have changed diagnostic and therapeutic
approaches. Interdisciplinary cooperation – surgery, pneumology,
oncology and radiotherapy – is a sine qua non. Curative and palliative
settings, which take a patient´s quality of life into consideration,
are equally essential. In state-of-the-art and free lectures basic oncological
principles, and diagnostic and therapeutic standards will be presented.
All interested thoracic surgeons, pneumologists, oncologists, radiotherapists
and colleagues of other fields are encouraged to actively participate
in the meeting.
To emphasize the importance of multidisciplinary cooperation members
of all national Austrian societies involved in this specific field – in
particular the Austrian Societies of Pneumology, Oncology, Radio-oncology
and Surgery as well as representatives of the German Society of Thoracic
Surgery, and Pneumology, the Swiss Group for Clinical Cancer Research,
the European Respiratory Society and the European Society of Thoracic
Surgeons - will participate.
On behalf of the Austrian Society of Surgical Oncology and the International
Thoracic Surgery Congress we cordially invite you to attend the meeting
in St. Wolfgang in Upper Austria. The unique location of St. Wolfgang
on the Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang) in the “Salzkammergut“ –
situated on the border to Salzburg – and the alpine scenery provide
an ideal setting for a successful scientific meeting with ample opportunity
for discussions, for making new friends, and for strengthening international