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Oncology Conference

RCPE Symposium Edinburgh

Date: Friday, 21 September 2018


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,


Oncology: Challenges and changing outcomes

There have been significant advances in cancer treatment in the last decade however significant challenges remain in early diagnosis and optimal management.  This symposium will not focus on specific tumour sites but instead will provide an overview in the challenges in oncology including the management of oncology emergencies, common mistakes resulting in delayed diagnosis and a session on escalation of care and recognising the dying patient.  It will conclude with an update on important surgical, radiotherapy and systemic therapy treatment advances in oncology that have a significant impact in improving outcome.

Our speakers have been specifically selected to ensure the day is as stimulating and interactive as possible with plenty of time for a lively discussion.  This oncology symposium is designed to attract a wide variety of healthcare professionals including GPs, physicians, doctors' in training, nurse practitioners, medical students and oncologists.

Dr Alison L Stillie
Chair, Organising Committee

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Friday 21 September 2018


Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introductory Remarks
by Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Session 1 - Challenges in establishing a cancer diagnosis

Chair: Dr Alison Stillie, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Edinburgh Cancer Centre


Diagnostic challenges in carcinoma of unknown primary (CUP)
Dr Sally Clive, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Edinburgh Cancer Centre 
* strategies to minimise unnecessary investigations * role of the CUP team


Avoiding delays in diagnosis
Dr Noelle O'Rourke, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
* strategies to reduce delay in diagnosis * patient outcomes


Surprising scan results - how to proceed?
Dr Nina Tunariu, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Marsden Hospital, London
* methodical approach to investigations * role of radiologists in CUP


Coffee / tea

Session 2 - Acute oncology

Chair: Dr Caroline Michie, Lead Clinician for Acute Oncology Services, NHS Fife 


Chair: Professor Derek Bell OBE, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Developing acute oncology services in every centre: priorities and challenges
Dr Chit Cheng Yeoh, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
* reducing the pressure on acute services * how an acute oncology service can improve patient outcome


Advances in the management of oncology emergencies
* low-risk febrile neutropenia management  * vasopressin receptor antagonists



Session 3 - Tailoring care: from intensive care to end of life care

Chair: Dr Grainne Dunn, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre


Treatment escalation
Dr Graham Nimmo, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
*  when to admit to ITU * reversible conditions  * escalation policies  * resuscitation decisions


Recognising the patient who is dying
Dr Katharine Thompson, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Roxburghe House, Dundee
* how to recognise when further intervention is unlikely to be beneficial *  challenges in symptom control


Coffee / tea

Session 4 - Pushing boundaries: recent progress in oncology

Chair: Dr Rhona McMenemin, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle


Surgical and ablative techniques for oligometastatic disease
Mr Thomas Diamond, Consultant Surgeon, Belfast
* patient selection * improving outcomes


Immunotherapy: revolutionising outcomes in melanoma and lung cancer
Dr Alastair Greystoke, Honorary Consultant & Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology,
Sir Bobby Robson Clinical Trials Unit, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
* role of immunotherapy * improved outcomes  * management of toxicities


Stereotactic radiotherapy: improving outcome and reducing toxicity
Dr Jenny Sherriff, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
*who to treat * what sites to treat  * benefits of treatment



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Online booking for this event closes on 20 September 2018 at 9 am but places may still be available after that date - please contact the Education Co-ordinator for further information.

An early bird discount applies until 23 August 2018.

Registration fees


Early Bird fee
until 23 August 2018

from 24 August 2018

Standard fee



RCPE Fellow



RCPE Collegiate / Associate / Foundation Member



Nurse / AHP / Pharmacist / Postgraduate student



Retired FRCPE, including lunch



Retired FRCPE, no lunch



Medical student



Long term / other leave – Fellows and Members, please contact the Event Co-ordinator as some discretion may be available.

Collegiate and Associate Members of the RCPE in clinical research posts may be eligible for funding - please contact the Event Co-ordinator for further information.

Trainees – Scotland Deanery medical specialty trainees can attend any number of eligible symposia for a one-off payment from their study leave budget (block grant scheme).

Further details can be obtained from the Event Co-ordinator.

Free places

Unpaid post – Nil, if confirmation of status provided – please contact the Event Co-ordinator.

Refugee doctors – free places are available to refugee doctors who are Associate Members of the College. Associate Membership for refugee doctors is available free of charge. Please visit our website for instructions on how to join, and then apply to the Event Co-ordinator for your free place.


Christine Berwick,
Education Co-ordinator,
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh,
9 Queen Street,

TEL: + 44 (0)131 247 3634
FAX: + 44 (0)131 220 4393

Email: c.berwick@rcpe.ac.uk


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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff and to students. If you are unsure about eligibility, or the correct fee category, please contact the RCPE member of staff responsible for the event (see Fees page).

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the conference centre and Great Hall.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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