5th St. Petersburg International Oncology Forum White Nights 2019: Highlights
The St. Petersburg International Oncology Forum White Nights is without doubt the largest event in the field of oncology in Russia. For four days – from 20 to 23 June – the 13 auditoriums of the Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya Hotel & Congress Center saw 5,258 attendees from 39 countries and 137 Russian cities.
The largest proportion of participants travelled from the USA, France, Italy, Belarus, China, and such Russian cities as Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnodar, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Chelyabinsk, Novosibirsk and Arkhangelsk. Around 500 participants joined the Forum virtually; the virtual sessions of the Forum were accessed more than 11,000 times.
The Forum hosted seventy-one sessions with presentations from 684 Russian and 100 international professionals. The Forum was supported by 70 sponsors from the industry.
The Forum was also supported by the Ministry of Health of Russia and was attended by Mr Evgeniy Kamkin, Deputy Minister for Health of Russia.
Traditionally the Forum discussed the procedural and institutional aspects of cancer care in Russia. The sessions on this topic were attended by the directors of three Russian national research centers: Mr Andrei Kaprin, Director of the National Medical Research Radiological Centre; Mr Ivan Stilidi, Director of the N.N. Blokhin National Medical Research Center of Oncology; and Mr Alexey Belyaev, Director of the N.N. Petrov National Medical Research Center of Oncology.
Dr Elisabete Weiderpass, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer also attended the Forum. Dr Weiderpass both presented in and chaired the session entitled ‘Fight against cancer’, which gave special attention to HPV – its prevention and spread control.
The participants were particularly interested in the live surgeries. Six surgeries were broadcast live, including two surgeries in 3D format, form the operating rooms of the N.N. Petrov National Medical Research Center of Oncology, the N.N. Blokhin National Medical Research Center of Oncology and the Loginov Moscow Clinical Scientific Center.
Of special significance were the sessions held by such international non-profit professional organizations as the European School of Oncology, the European Society of Surgical Oncology, the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology, the European Oncology Nursing Society and the Oncology Nursing Society (US).
Sessions on outpatient cancer care, organization of preclinical and clinical trials and automated information management systems in healthcare attracted especially large numbers of the participants, thus testifying to the significance of these topics for healthcare professionals.
Young physicians and scientists could participate in special sessions aimed to help their personal, professional and career growth.
The science program of the Forum was accredited as part of continuing medical education.
‘Today the state invests heavily in improvement of cancer care in the country, and so the 5th St. Petersburg International Oncology Forum White Nights 2019 is growing in importance. The quality of cancer care at all stages depends not only on cutting-edge equipment and technologies, but on competent professionals.
That’s why professional development of oncology specialists has top priority. This task cannot be solved in a day, even with large financial investments. It is exactly this task we have been tackling over the past five years, since the Forum is, first and foremost, an educational event’, said Professor Alexey Belyaev, Detector of the N.N. Petrov National Medical Research Center of Oncology.