International symposium on cancer metastasis and the lymphovascular system draws faculty and student participation

International symposium on cancer metastasis and the lymphovascular system draws faculty and student participation

The Arizona Cancer Center and UA College of Medicine are participating extensively in the 4th International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and the Lymphovascular System: Basis for Rational Therapy, which will be held  May 12-14, at the InterContinental New York Barclay in New York City.

This CME-certified conference is designed for U.S. and international physicians and researchers involved in all oncology disciplines and subspecialties, including medical, surgical and radiation oncologists; general surgeons; pathologists; radiologists and other translational-oriented laboratory scientists; as well as nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and other health-care professionals involved in cancer care and research.

The symposium will begin Thursday with a late-breaking mini-symposium featuring discussion including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) co-authors of the results from the recent highly publicized sentinel lymph node trials, followed that evening by a mini-symposium, “Melanoma Progression,” which emphasizes that malignant melanoma is an important clinical model to study cancer metastasis.

The symposium’s comprehensive schedule includes cutting-edge faculty presentations supplemented by distinguished guest lectures, expert panel discussions, attendee poster exhibits, mini-symposia and a young Investigators/Residents/Fellows/Trainees poster exhibits and awards program. The meeting also will also provide ample time for questions and answers and networking with presenters and authors.

Topics will include: biomarkers and informatics; molecular mechanisms of tumor progression in the tumor microenvironment; biomarkers for lymphatic development, growth and neoplasia; lymphangiogenesis, angiogenesis and anti-angiogenesis; lymphatics and the immune system as a barrier to cancer spread; biomarkers for sentinel lymph nodes as primary gateways for metastasis; patterns of lymphatic and vascular spread of cancer; biomarkers as targets for radioimaging; biomarkers as specific treatment targets; biomarker surrogates and targets in clinical cancer trials; molecular mechanisms of metastasis; updated approaches to managing metastatic melanoma, colorectal and breast cancer; and lymphatic complications of cancer and cancer treatment including lymphedema.

UA presenters and moderators include:

Marlys H. Witte, MD, Symposium/Organizing Committee co-chair, Professor of Surgery, Director of Student Research Programs and Director, Lymphology Clinic and Laboratories, Arizona Cancer Center

• Michael Bernas, MS, Associate Scientific Investigator, Department of Surgery

Julie E. Lang, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Arizona Cancer Center

• Alex G. Little, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery

• Sylvester A. Moses, MS, PhD candidate, Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry, Arizona Cancer Center

Dino Stea, MD, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Radiation Oncology, Arizona Cancer Center

Alison Stopeck, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Arizona Cancer Center

Evan C. Unger, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology and Bioengineering, Arizona Cancer Center

Russell S. Witte, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Director of the Experimental Ultrasound and Neural Imaging Laboratory, Arizona Cancer Center

Several former UA College of Medicine faculty and students also are officiating and presenting, including:

• Stanley P. L. Leong, MD, FACS, Symposium Chair, Chief of Cutaneous Oncology, California Pacific Medical Center and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation; President, Sentinel Node Oncology Foundation, San Francisco, CA; Professor Emeritus, Surgery, UCSF ( former UA Assistant Professor, Surgery, 1986-1991)

• Michael Dellinger, PhD, Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas (UA Molecular and Cellular Biology doctorate, 2008)

• Kimberly Northup Jones, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine; Investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah (UA College of Medicine Class of 2003)

The Symposium proceedings also will be published as review articles by Springer in a special issue of Clinical & Experimental Metastasis.