We are transforming the diagnosis and management of lung cancer

In October, more than 8,000 clinicians and scientists from around the world will gather in Yokohama, Japan, united by a common goal: conquering lung cancer, the number one cause of cancer death globally. The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 18th World Congress on Lung Cancer is the world’s largest medical meeting dedicated to thoracic oncology and takes place 15-18 October at the Pacific Convention Plaza Yokohama.

The rapid advances in lung cancer diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring make attendance at this congress increasingly important. The conference’s motto, Synergy to Conquer Lung Cancer, captures the collaborative spirit of the meeting designed to be both a scientific and educational event. Participants at the meeting extend beyond clinicians and researchers to include patient advocacy groups. Through a special programme, IASLC supports the strong presence of patient groups and encourages their contributions to the global fight against lung cancer.

We will again be present at the conference, sharing information and joining with scientists in their fight against this disease that each year strikes more than 1.8 million people and claims the lives of more than 1.5 million1. We will be hosting the symposium Supporting the Clinical Management of Lung Cancer Patients through Innovation in Diagnostics, led by five global key opinion leaders.

Our investigational or approved diagnostics and medicines also will be part of the scientific exchange. For example, our data will be included in scientific and poster presentations on such topics as liquid biopsy and the PD-L1, ALK, and EGFR lung cancer biomarkers2.

“The ultimate hope for this organisation is to reduce the lung cancer burden,” says Dr Fred Hirsch, IASLC CEO. “We are big dreamers and through big dreams, we will make it happen.”3

We have developed articles to explain how we are working on transforming the diagnosis and management of lung cancer:


  1. http://globocan.iarc.fr/Pages/fact_sheets_cancer.aspx?cancer=lung World Health Organization
  2. http://library.iaslc.org/conference-program?product_id=7 , IASLC 18th World Congress on Lung Cancer Scientific Programme
  3. IASLC Mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhr0O9YrcD0

Tags: Science, Innovation, Lung cancer, Oncology