Colorectal Cancer Conference 2018

International Guest Speaker

Professor George J. Chang, MD, MS - 
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Texas, United States

Dr. Chang is the Deputy Chair in the Department of Surgical Oncology, Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Professor of Surgical Oncology, and Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He has expertise in minimally invasive and robotic surgery for colorectal cancer and complex exenterative surgery for locally advanced and recurrent disease. His research program emphasizes clinical comparative effectiveness, cancer delivery research, and clinical trials. He has published over 150 peer reviewed research articles. He is a member of the GI Steering Committee of the National Cancer Institute and chairs the Cancer Care Delivery Research Committee of the Alliance.

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Thursday 16 August 2018

0800 – 0830


0830 – 1000

Colon Cancer

Chair: A/Prof Michael Michael

Is mesocolic resection a myth?

A/Prof Justin Yeung

Is there a role for radiotherapy in colon cancer?

A/Prof Sam Ngan

Systemic therapy for colon cancer - does side matter?

Dr Hui-li Wong

1000 – 1030

Morning Tea

1030 – 1200

Translational Immunotherapy

Chair: A/Prof Jeanne Tie

CAR-T cells in solid tumours

Prof Ben Solomon

Cancer vaccines in colorectal cancer

Prof Rob Ramsay

Addressing the tumour micro-environment in colorectal cancer & other solid tumours

Dr Paul Beavis

1200 – 1230

The Jack Mackay Plenary Lecture

Chair: Prof Alexander Heriot

Post-Treatment Surveillance for Colorectal Cancer:Tailoring the Approach

Prof George Chang

1230 – 1330


1330 – 1500

Humanity in Medicine

Chair: Dr Allan Zimet

Pain management in advanced pelvic cancer

Dr Tim Hucker

Humanity in Medicine - A Promise or A Pipe Dream?

Dr Ranjana Srivastava

A ‘good’ death

A/Prof Charlie Corke

1500 – 1530

Afternoon Tea

1530 – 1700

Liver Metastases

Chair: Mr Simon Banting

Imaging and interventional radiology

A/Prof Richard Dowling

Metastatic rectal cancer – when to resect the primary?

Prof Alexander Heriot

Liver resection – how far can you go?

A/Prof Ben Thomson

The role of chemotherapy and SIRT

Prof Peter Gibbs

1700 - 1800

Welcome Drinks Reception

Friday 17 August 2018

0800 – 0830


0830 - 1000

Lateral pelvic sidewall nodes in rectal cancer

Chair: Dr Peter Lee

Imaging and anatomy of the pelvic sidewall

Dr Teng Tan

Is radiotherapy the solution?

Dr Julie Chu

Is there any role for surgery?

A/Prof Tarik Sammour

How I resect pelvic sidewall lymph nodes

Dr George Chang

1000 – 1030

Morning Tea

1030 – 1200

Personalized Therapy

Chair: A/Prof Craig Lynch

Molecular pathology

Dr Catherine Mitchell

Tailored surgery?

Dr Peter Lee

Tailored chemotherapy?

Dr Allan Zimet

1200 – 1230


Chair: Prof Peter Gibbs

Circulating DNA in colorectal cancer

A/Prof Jeanne Tie

1230 – 1330


1330 – 1500

Minimally Invasive Surgery – Panel Session

Chair: A/Prof Ian Hayes

Panel Guest: Prof George Chang

Is Laparoscopic surgery out of date?

Dr Phil Smart

After ROLARR, where to with robotics?

A/Prof Craig Lynch

TaTME- the new kid on the block or a false dawn?

Dr Satish Warrier

1500 – 1515

Afternoon Tea

1515 - 1700

Immunotherapy in Colorectal Cancer

Chair: A/Prof Jeanne Tie

Immunotherapy in Metastatic disease

A/Prof Niall Tebbutt

Is there a role for immunotherapy in neoadjuvant therapy?

A/Prof Michael Michael

Future horizons in immunotherapy

A/Prof Jayesh Desai

1700 – 1715

Conference Close

*please note program is subject to change

Scientific Committee

Professor AG Heriot, Convenor
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

Assoc Professor Ian Hayes
Colorectal Surgeon, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Assoc Professor Craig Lynch
Colorectal Surgeon, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Assoc Professor Sam Ngan
Head of the GI Unit of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre 

Professor Rob Ramsay
Group Leader of the Differentiation and Transcription Laboratory, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Dr Jeanne Tie
Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

A/Prof Michael Michael
Medical Oncologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Ms Carolyn Atkin
Stomal Therapy Clinical Nurse Consultant, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre