Oncology Tuesday began with a challenging clinical case session on multidisciplinary case discussion in thoracic oncology. This was followed by the first ERS live endoscopy session of the day demonstrating the diagnostic work-up of patients with suspected lung cancer using endosonography (EBUS, EUS, EUS (B), and radial EBUS), bronchoscopy and TBNA. A number of symposia covered an exciting range of cutting-edge science such as avoiding immune tolerance in lung cancer.
In a ground-breaking first for the ERS Congress, live procedures were transmitted to delegates from local centres. Delegates could see every detail of the procedures and interact with the experts as they performed them. Patient advocates also took part in the day, helping to ensure that the volunteers were comfortable throughout and providing information on what it is like to undergo these treatments. The session on lung cancer was followed by the demonstration of bronchoscopy with BAL, cryobiopsies, EBUS, and EUS (B) for interstitial lung diseases and flexible and rigid thoracoscopy for diagnosis pleural diseases. More techniques were demonstrated in the afternoon for emphysema and asthma. The day finished with transthoracic ultrasound for diagnosing suspected pleural fluid, white hemithorax, atelectasis, empyema, and diaphragm function problems. For more information visit the session page which includes links to educational materials.
We are releasing press releases throughout Congress. Read today's:
- UBIOPRED releases the first classifications of severe asthma using a range of biological data to aid drug development and treatment
- Air pollution and traffic linked to deaths and organ rejection in lung transplant patientsAir pollution and traffic linked to deaths and organ rejection in lung transplant patients
- HIV patients should be included in early clinical trials of anti-tuberculosis drugs
- Novel tool can identify COPD faster
The World Village has been nurturing collaborations throughout Congress and we look forward to reporting on these over the coming months. The final day of sessions in the World Village Auditorium opens on Wednesday with a discussion on how the stress of working in an intensive care unit takes a heavy toll on healthcare professionals. Do not miss your last chance to meet and network with your counterparts from other organisations and from across borders.
We have been overwhelmed by the energy and positive attitude towards this fantastic new campaign from Healthy Lungs for Life and would like to thank everyone who took part. Please spread the Take the Active Option message as you return home from Amsterdam. Healthy Lungs for Life has produced a wealth of resources for you and your patients including factsheets and a toolkit for events. Why not organise your own event? Let us know how you #TaketheActiveOption!
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