The European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO) held its third congress from 25–28 April in Florence, Italy. Interventional management of hepatocellular carcinoma and training in interventional oncology were the key themes at ECIO 2012.
New session formats were introduced to maximise the sharing of scientific know-how, including a “Meet the Professors” format, in which expert practitioners discussed how they select and treat patients for given clinical cases. E-voting allowed for active audience participation, and new hands-on workshops allowed participants to practice ablation techniques under the guidance of experts.
“Bring Your Referring Physician”―an interdisciplinary collaboration programme promoted by ECIO―remained a cornerstone in the congress, attracting oncologists, hepatologists and nephrologists. The message of involving interventional radiologists in hospital tumour boards to offer cancer patients the most effective treatment plan possible was key among speakers.
As announced previously, ECIO has become an annual meeting. ECIO 2013 will be held in Budapest, Hungary from 19–22 June.