The 2020 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium program was planned by a committee of over 20 physicians led by Emily Bergsland, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, and centers around the theme of Accelerating Personalized Care for patients with gastrointestinal cancers. The meeting, which begins on Thursday, January 23, 2020, will offer 3 days of educational sessions with presenters from around the world who will discuss how biomarker testing, age, racial/ethnic background, and other patient- and disease-related factors can influence appropriate diagnostic and treatment approaches.

Cancer Therapy Advisor’s coverage, which will coincide with the meeting dates, will also reflect the theme of personalized care of patients across multiple types of gastrointestinal cancers. Readers can expect brief news articles that summarize the meeting’s presentations and delve into findings about how age, hereditary disposition, and socioeconomic disparities can influence treatment selection and outcomes in patients with colorectal cancer, as well as the safety and effectiveness of particular biomarker-driven treatment in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and cholangiocarcinoma.

Similar to prior years, presentations will be organized around specific disease states, including esophageal and gastric cancers; pancreatic and hepatobilliary cancers; and colorectal and anal cancers. However, the symposium will also include presentations that highlight disease agnostic approaches that are relevant across individual gastrointestinal disciplines, such as evidence-based recommendations on the use of cannabis and opioids.

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The Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium will bring together specialists in radiation, surgery, and medical oncology, as well as gastroenterologists, nurses, patient advocates, and other members of the cancer care and research community. The meeting is cosponsored by the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, and the Society of Surgical Oncology.

Visit Cancer Therapy Advisor’s conference page to stay up to date on all of the key takeaways from the 2020 Gastrointestinal Symposium.


Lawrence L. 2020 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium to Feature Personalized Care Approaches. Published November 6, 2019. Accessed January 17, 2020.