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Oncology I, July 11 - 15, Luxembourg - held

Course Master: Dr. Jarno Schmidt MRCVS, DECVIM-CA (DE)
Co-Lecturers: Dr. Martin Kessler (DE); Dr. Laurent Findji, DECVS (UK)


Over the past decade, our knowledge of cancer in animals has increased rapidly. More and more veterinarians and clients are becoming open-minded about treating canine and feline cancer patients. “Oncology I” (2015) will start with the diagnostic approach to the cancer patient, including biopsy taking, staging procedures, diagnostic imaging options as well as several practical cytology sessions. Further, there will be a detailed discussion of common (surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy) and novel (e.g. tyrosine kinase inhibitors, metronomic chemotherapy) treatment options. Management of side effects will be explained and safe handling of chemotherapeutic drugs will be practiced hands-on. A major emphasis of the course will be on interactive and case oriented work using a systematic approach to the cancer patient including recognizing symptoms, interpreting radiographic findings, choosing correct staging procedures and formulating a therapeutic plan. There will be a detailed discussion of neoplasms of the skin and adnexal structures as they are the most common tumours in clinical practice.
“Oncology I” will start from scratch and provide a very solid basis of oncological principles. It is ideal for veterinarians with little or no previous knowledge in veterinary oncology, but also suitable for people, who want to deepen their understanding.
“Oncology II” (2016) and “Oncology III” (2017) will build up on this seminar, introduce more advanced concepts and address all the remaining tumour systems in great detail. As in Oncology I, there will be a major focus on interactive case management.


“Oncology I” includes the following topics (preliminary):

• Tumour biology for clinicians
• Diagnostic imaging and tumour staging methods
• Biopsy techniques: theory and practice
• Tumour cytology: theory and practical sessions (microscopes)
• Paraneoplastic syndromes
• Understanding indications, limitations and risks involved with chemotherapy
• How to safely administer chemotherapy: this part includes a hands-on session introducing a safe and affordable system for administration of cytotoxic agents (PhaSeal®-system).
• Using Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors: Palladia® and Masivet® are the first drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) for small animal tumours (canine mast cell tumours).
• Principles of surgical oncology including reconstruction in oncologic surgery
• Principles of radiation oncology
• Cutaneous neoplasms (incl. mast cell tumors, soft-tissue sarcoma, etc)
• Interactive case management sessions


Saturday, 11 July 2015
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome and registration
09:00 – 10:00 What is cancer? Current concepts of cancer biology and their implications for therapy
10:00 – 10:30 Basic tumor pathology
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30 Diagnostic approach to the cancer patient: understanding tumour “staging
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 – 15:15 Small group work:
Group 1: Interactive cases
Group 2: Interactive cases
15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 17:00 Small group work: groups 1 and 2 rotate

Sunday, 12 July 2015
09:00 – 09:30 Introduction to chemotherapy – how do these drugs work?
09:30 – 10:15 Chemotherapy drugs I
10:15 – 11:00 Chemotherapy drugs II
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:45 How to safely administer chemotherapy
Small group work (hand-on): how to use the PhaSeal System for safe
application of chemotherapeutic agents
12:45 – 14:15 Lunch Break
14:15 – 15:45 Small group work:
Group 1: Case management session: How do I biopsy this mass? Interactive session on techniques, problems and pitfalls in obtaining biopsies and reading pathology reports
Group 2: How do I manage this chemotherapy side effect and complication?
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30 Small group work: groups 1 and 2 rotate

Monday, 13 July 2015
09:00 – 10:00 An overview of canine and feline skin tumours
10:00 – 10:30 General approach to the skin tumour patient
10:30 – 11:00 Fine-needle aspiration biopsies: how to get the best results!
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:00 Feline squamous cell carcinomas
12:00 – 12:30 Bowen’s disease
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 – 14:45 Tumour cytology: getting started
14:45 – 17:00 Practical tumour cytology I (including Coffee Break)

Tuesday, 14 July 2015
09:00 – 10:30 Principles of surgical oncology
10:30 – 11:00 Principles of radiation oncology
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:45 Anal sac and perianal tumours
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30 Small group work:
Group 1: Case management session
Group 2: Practical tumour cytology II
15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 17:15 Small group work: groups 1 and 2 rotate

Wednesday, 15 July 2015
09:00 – 09:30 “Metronomic chemotherapy: hype or hope”
09:30 – 10:00 Canine mast cell tumours: biology, diagnosis and general treatment options
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:45 Canine mast cell tumours: surgery
11:45 – 12:30 Canine mast cell tumours: tyrosine kinase inhibitors and chemotherapy
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 – 15:45 Small group work:
Group 1: Case management session
Group 2: Case management session
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee Break
15:15 – 16:15 Small group work: groups 1 and 2 rotate
16:15 – 16:30 Wrap-up of the course

Program: Oncology I 2015 - subject to change

ATF credit hours (Akademie für Tierärztliche Fortbildung, Germany): 30
(for Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg)


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Tuition fee: EURO 1.750,--
Early registration: EURO 1.650,-- (deadline for FULL early registration payment: 24th January 2015)

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