The European Conference on Interventional Oncology (ECIO) has announced that the meeting will become an annual event as of 2012.
The 4th European Conference on Interventional Oncology, ECIO 2013, already planned to take place from 19–22 June in Budapest, Hungary, will continue featuring an enhanced scientific programme, a world-renowned faculty and an expanded technical exhibition.
For this year’s conference (25–28 April 2012, Florence, Italy) the ECIO will showcase a range of image-guided, tumour-targeted treatments for cancer including cryoablation, focused ultrasound and irreversible electroporation. The conference will update physicians on the latest clinical trials results and will also provide a series of hands-on workshops ablation techniques.
According to an ECIO release, the date for the 2013 conference was chosen in consideration of other confirmed events during 2013 and the intention is to have ECIO 2014 and further editions to take place between mid-April and mid-May.
Interventional Oncology is fast becoming the fourth oncological discipline, alongside surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. This upgraded role makes it important to focus in detail on every aspect of this important subject, and to explore not only technological developments but also issues relating to training and practice.
The ECIO makes an important contribution in this regard, as it offers comprehensive coverage of new developments and offers opportunities to interventional radiologists to keep up to date with this subject, which has great strategic importance for the specialty. The ECIO supports the attendance of interventional radiologists’ colleagues from other specialties, emphasising that multidisciplinary co-operation is indispensible in cancer care with the “Bring your Referring Physician” programme.