“Om” is the most sacred syllable in Sanskrit language that reflects wisdom. “Oops” is the stupid sound we make when we have said or done something wrong. Over the past ten years of clinical research on molecular targeted therapy we have experienced much “Om” and “Oops”.
Early detection saves lives. This statement is well established for multiple malignancies including breast, liver, colorectal and cervical cancers. But for lung cancer, supporting evidence for early detection of lung cancer has been lacking until the release of National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) data in 2011.
I would like to take this unique opportunity to wish all members of IASLC a prosperous 2014. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar (New Year starts on January 31), 2014 is Year of the Horse, which represents energy, warmth, intelligence and durability. The Chinese word “Qianli Ma” literally means “thousand mile horse” implying someone with ability to endure hardship and to complete the designated mission.
IASLC was built on friendship and will only grow by the support of friendship. Over the next few years we shall take our friendship to a new horizon. The strength of our current membership is broad representation of specialists with targeted interest in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research in lung cancer. However, we actually have a few members from community oncology practice who deliver direct care to a large portion of lung cancer patients. They look after multiple cancer types, thus will demand more precise and practical information.
I encourage all of you to attend the 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer in Sydney, Australia. Sydney is surely one of the most iconic cities of the world, and Australia is renowned for the welcome it gives to visitors. Our Local Organizing Committee, headed by Drs. Michael Boyer and Kwun Fong, have worked exceedingly hard to ensure a busy and stimulating scientific program in this wonderful Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. Such a massive undertaking requires close collaboration with many parties, including the convention centre staff; our professional conference organizers, International Conference Services; the dedicated team in the IASLC office headed by Paul Bunn, MD; and the volunteers on the Board and in all our committees, especially the Education Committee, who assisted the Core Program Committee. Our thanks go to all of them.
The September 2013 Newsletter contains an invitation for applications for the Regional Organizing Committee for the 19th WCLC in Toronto, Canada. We're also highlighting some key events to take place at the 15th WCLC in Sydney, including the IASLC's 40th Anniversary, the ALK Atlas and travel information to Sydney. This edition also includes a letter from the Editor and profiles of our Fellowship winners, including the latest from LCFA's Day at the Races.