SYDNEY - The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) will host the 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) Oct. 27-30, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. The press conference will be held Monday, Oct. 28 from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in the Bayside 101 room inside the Sydney Convention Centre.

SYDNEY – In order to improve prognosis and quality of lung cancer care the Danish Lung Cancer Group has developed a strategy consisting of national clinical guidelines and a clinical quality and research database. In 1998 the first edition of guidelines was published and a registry was opened for registrations in the year 2000. This abstract describes the methods used and the result obtained through the collaborative work and discusses how to improve the quality of lung cancer care through the development and monitoring of indicators.

SYDNEY – In The National Lung Screening Trial reported a 20 percent reduction in lung cancer mortality achieved through low dose computed tomography (CT) screening of the at risk population, compared to screening with chest x-ray. Challenges with clinical implementation of CT screening for lung cancer include the high number of lesions detected that require further follow-up, approximately 97 percent of which are ultimately diagnosed as benign.

SYDNEY - The United Kingdom National Lung Cancer Forum for Nurses Thoracic Surgical Group (TSG) has produced this Guideline to aid health care professionals in the preparation and support of patients undergoing a lung resection with an aim to promote patient self-management. The guideline includes information on nutrition, smoking, multi-disciplinary rehabilitation, pain management and quality patient information.

DENVER/SYDNEY - The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) will celebrate its 40-year anniversary starting at the 15th World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) Oct. 27-30, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. The organization, with support from Eli Lilly and Company, produced a 40th Anniversary website that takes people through the progress that’s been made in lung cancer research and treatment over the past 40 years.

October 2013

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.