BCCA Surgical Oncology Network 2016 Annual Fall Update

SON BCCA PHSA LogoThe BC Cancer Agency’s Surgical Oncology Network invites you to take part in its 2016 Annual Fall Update at the Vancouver Four Seasons Hotel. This year’s event will focus on HPB, Melanoma, and Breast Cancers. This event has been approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 7.5 Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

This one day conference features topics on surgical techniques, screening, pathology, quality indicators, adjuvant therapy, imaging, radiation and other information regarding HPB, Melanoma, and Breast Cancers. The event will be co-chaired by Dr. Elaine McKevitt (Chair, SON CPD-KT Committee), Dr. Shawn MacKenzie (HPB surgical oncologist) and Dr. Chris Baliski (Chair, SON and SON Melanoma Tumour Group) and is a must-attend for surgical oncologists, general surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, residents and other related specialists.

Early-bird registration is $300 for those who register before October 1, and $325 for those who register by the October 15, 2016 deadline. There is a special $75 registration rate for residents. Special accommodation rates are available at the Four Seasons Hotel, 791 W Georgia, Vancouver, tel. 604-689-9333, please mention Surgical Oncology Network Fall Update when you register.

For more information or to register contact Shahin Mahmoodi at Shahin.Mahmoodi@bccancer.bc.ca, tel. 604-877-6000 ext. 673269 or visit our website, http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/health-professionals/networks/surgical-oncology-network

General Surgeon uses 3D laparoscopic technology.

Dr. Sharadh Sampath (right), a Richmond general surgeon, utilizes the power of 3D laparoscopic equipment in bariatric (obesity) surgery and colon cancer surgery.

The images on the screen looks blurry to the naked eye but with special glasses, the surgeon and assistant can have depth preception.  “This technology is useful in complex laparoscopic surgery where suturing or extensive dissection is required.”