Since the first World Meeting of Interdisciplinary Melanoma/Skin Cancer Centers, which took place in Barcelona, Spain, in September 2007, this congress became a success story. It is an opportunity where clinicians and researchers, who are part of multidisciplinary melanoma centers can interact, learn from one another, establish collaborations and set an agenda for the further evolution of multidisciplinary melanoma care and research. In November 2012, this meeting will be combined with the likewise well-established EADO congress, and the focus will be on melanoma, cutaneous lymphoma and epithelial skin cancers.
This conference is specifically designed to attract young investigators and skin cancer treating physicians in the field. All contributions submitted have to be presented as posters, and 9 poster prices will be given for clinical topics, translational research and basic research. We avoid "free communications", however contributions will be additionally selected for presentation in the plenary sessions.
The Plenary Sessions will form the scientific backdrop for the meeting, and will highlight problem areas and opportunities in melanoma today. These Plenary Sessions will set the stage for a series of Breakout Sessions, designed to focus attention and lead to new collaborative approaches in key areas where melanoma/skin cancer centers should be taking the lead.
The Breakout Sessions will address the following topics:
Messages for Skin Cancer Prevention
Goals: To develop the right messages for future prevention campaigns. Despite many prevention campaigns since decades the incidence of melanoma and other skin cancers still rises. The question must be asked, if we delivered the right messages in the past.
Guideline-Development and International Cooperation
Goals: To develop strategies for an international cooperation in guideline development. This session shall primarily focus on melanoma. In several countries, guidelines for melanoma have been developed based on a systematic literature research and on a formal consensus process. The question shall be addressed, whether an international knowledge basis can be established, and how this can be continuously updated.
Building up internationally accepted documentation schedules and standards
It is a standard for skin cancer/melanoma centers to document the patients in a way that allows evaluations for many questions of prognosis and management. It would be advantageous, to standardize the documentation schedules internationally.
Quality Criteria for Skin Cancer Centers
Goals: To establish quality criteria for the work of skin cancer centers/programs which are internationally accepted. Skin cancer centers with interdisciplinary tumor boards have been developed in many countries, and in some countries already formal certification processes have been applied.
Pathway development for Skin Cancer Centers
Goals: To exchange the experience of pathway development for melanoma and other skin cancers in different disease stages. Methods of the development, methods of implementation into clinical practice and major contents of these pathways shall be communicated.
Strategies for Melanoma Follow-up Examinations
Goals: To develop recommendations for the follow-up of melanoma patients which could guide the practice in different countries and to consider clinical trials which could broaden the body of evidence for the melanoma follow-up or for giving up these examinations.
The results of the outbreak sessions will be presented by the chairpersons in the following sessions. Thus, all persons attending the conference will be informed on the very recent recommendations for burning questions in melanoma and skin cancer management.
The conference will as a main emphasis address new treatment developments for melanoma and other skin cancers. Already the first session will deal with new treatment options and new clinical trials. It is a major goal of this congress, to cover all new developments and to provide the possibility to discuss the new treatment approaches. A deep insight into the future advances in skin cancer therapy will also be provided by sponsored symposia by the pharmaceutical companies.
Furthermore, the different aspects of epidemiology and prevention, early detection and new diagnostic tools, and of histopathologic diagnosis will be covered. Melanoma surgery and immunotherapy will be discussed in own sessions. Cutaneous lymphoma, actinic keratosis and advanced epithelial cancers are additional topics with own sessions. Thus, an update of all aspects of skin cancer is provided. We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in November 2012!