CONTACT: ARIANNE NARDO
CONTACT: TOM MOORE
8788 John Pappajohn Pavilion
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 18, 1999
UI Cancer Center to host interactive video conference
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Cancer Center
will be a host site for the "Interactive Video Conference for Cancer Care
Physicians and Healthcare Professionals," sponsored by the American Joint
Committee on Cancer. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16 from noon
- 2 p.m. in the Braley Auditorium, located in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion
at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.
The conference has a two-part focus: to provide information
about cancer staging and to assist physicians in meeting their Approvals Program
The video conference will be broadcast from Carolinas
Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. It will incorporate a panel discussion,
visual presentations and an open dialogue between more than 50 national cancer
institutions. The conference is designed to address the purpose and need for
TNM staging, a system used to evaluate tumors based on three elements: primary
tumors (T), regional nodes (N) and metastasis (M).
On the conference agenda is a tumor board format of
common cancer case presentations (breast, colon, prostate, lung), highlighting
clinical staging, an overview of general rules and common errors in staging,
and cancer prognostic factors.
Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., UI professor and head of
surgery, wrote the original slide set used by the Commission on Cancer of
the American Cancer Society (ACS) before the video conference was developed.
She cited the important role TNM staging plays in cancer diagnosis and treatment.
"TNM staging provides a common language that allows
clinicians to exchange information and researchers to accumulate new knowledge,"
Scott-Conner said. "It is critically important that physicians involved in
the care of patients with cancer understand the system and how it applies
to those kinds of cancer they treat."
The Commission on Cancer and the American College
of Surgeons (ACoS) strongly feel that TNM staging should be done by the treating
physician, rather than a pathologist, because additional
information is more readily available to the doctor, according
to Scott-Conner. The ACoS is offering two continuing medical education (CME)
credits for physicians attending this conference.
All physicians or other health care professionals
are welcome. To register or for more information, contact the UI Cancer Information
Service at (319) 356-4262 or via email at cancer-information @uiowa.edu. The
UI Cancer Center will pay the $25 registration fee for university faculty
and staff interested in participating in the video conference.
A fifth edition of the American Joint Committee on
Cancer's "Cancer Staging Handbook" also is available to registered participants.