More than 1200 eminent cancer specialists across the world congregated at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) this week. Their aim was to eliminate the life threatening disease known as cancer from the future generations. The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) held its 14th World Congress while at the same time the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia’s (COSA) 39th Annual scientific meeting was also being held. Both these events were hosted by the Cancer Council Queensland and were a part of three conferences that were being held in Brisbane, bringing more than 1600 of the brightest minds of the world working against cancer to this city.
The theme of the conference was Impact through translation: Cancer Research Informing Practice. The goal is to ensure that the patients diagnosed with cancer the world over must receive the best possible treatment.
Professor Jeff Dunn, CEO Cancer Council Queensland mentioned in his address that the impact of this conference, which is an important event for the fight against cancer, is far reaching. It will have its impact on not only fighting cancer the world over but also have a much wider impact on the overall health sector. He went on to add that the conventions of both IPOS and COSA have brought the world’s foremost experts on a single platform to discuss everything related with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the deadly disease.
Incidentally the congress also focused on the psychological aspects of the disease. A large number of patients diagnosed by cancer have experienced significant distress, something that the medical fraternity looked to address to. Distress is currently being considered as the sixth vital sign in cancer care by IPOS.
Professor Dunn is the individual along with the team at BCEC to bring both the conventions to the city. They were ably supported by the dependable team at Brisbane Marketing. A lot of additional support was provided by the Brisbane City Bid Fund partners.
On a different note, BCEC’s General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe mentioned that the convention was the 23rd international convention that was hosted by the centre in 2012 and has been instrumental in generating revenues of $61 million. This money shall ultimately go to the benefit of the area’s economy. The BCEC continues to be a great attraction among international scientific meetings which is a matter of economic joy for the city.