Australian & New Zealand Childrens Haematology/Oncology Group


Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting 2021

16th – 18th of November 2021

The COSA Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is Australia’s premier cancer meeting, held over three days each year, usually in November. The ASM is a multidisciplinary meeting, inviting participation from doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and scientists working in cancer care nationally and internationally. A different state hosts the ASM each year, with a specific theme and focus on a cancer type.

The theme for the 2021 ASM is “Cancer care and research: Learning from the past and improving the future”. They have chosen this theme because they cannot ignore the challenges of last year, rather there is much to learn and implement now and into the future. Additionally, the feedback from the delegate evaluations from previous years indicates that they would like them to build on recent ASM topics rather than introduce all new themes.

In terms of clinical themes, the program will have a focus on immunotherapy. This theme was very well received when they last featured it in 2017. There has been a lot of progress since, and in disease areas other than melanoma, so they hope to feature new research and ground-breaking treatments for diseases such as breast and lung cancers.

They will also have a focus on PROMs and PREMs but will also build on the excellent presentations in last year’s program.

Lung cancer screening is very newsworthy at present, so they are pleased to include a session highlighting it.

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