On behalf of the Australian and New Zealand Urogenital and Prostate (ANZUP) Cancer Trials Group convening committee, I was honoured to convene the 8th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). This year’s ASM theme ‘The Art & Science of Best Practice’ provided a platform to discuss innovations in research and practice that have facilitated the delivery of top-quality care for people with genitourinary cancer. Delegates had the opportunity to interact with and learn from five international experts and numerous national leaders in the management of GU cancers, always with the collegial spirit that defines ANZUP.
The ASM was truly multidisciplinary – there were sessions to suit everyone working in GU cancers. The program included a highly successful new Translational Research Symposium, the popular MDT Masterclass and an expanded PCFA ANZUP Nurses Symposium, which this year included an engaging workshop: 'Taking an Idea to Concept – A Nurse's Perspective'.
We were fortunate to have more than 50 speakers, panelists, session chairs and e-poster presenters take part in more than 20 different sessions throughout the three days. This is a great reflection on the diversity and breadth of ANZUP’s now 1,200-strong membership.
In addition, our international faculty was a highly engaged group, providing a global perspective on many of the keys issues facing GU cancer experts.
In keeping with this year's ASM theme, the Evening Symposium featured two of our impressive international speakers, Robert Lee and Silke Gillessen, discussing how to communicate science and research outcomes and implement research into practice.
The new PCFA-sponsored Supportive Care Breakfast covered practice, policy and challenges in prostate cancer survivorship with session chair Suzanne Chambers and international guest Kevin Stein.
Also new to this year’s ASM was a cycling challenge which saw long pants swapped for lycra as delegates turned pedal into power on stationary ‘body bikes’ for a place in the highly competitive ride off at the conference dinner.
The annual Community Engagement Forum attracted more than 80 members of the public who heard presentations and panel discussions covering quality of life, treatment choices, survivorship, impacts on intimacy and how to find reliable information online.
With a record number of delegates in attendance (and a record Twitter engagement with more than 1.8m impressions and 1,500 tweets during the meeting), I’m delighted that year’s ASM again raised the bar. We look forward to seeing you in Sydney for #ANZUP18.
2017 ASM resources and information