Dubai: Leading oncologists from the region gathered in Dubai to discuss the latest treatment and management of the disease at the ninth edition of UAE Cancer Congress and first international BRCA forum that was inaugurated yesterday.

Inaugurating the three-day conference, Humaid Mohammad Obaid Al Qutami, chairman of the board and director-general of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said the conference would raise the level of treatment and practice at the clinician’s level for better patient care keeping true to its objective of “Promoting Excellence in Oncology”.

He said that conferences such as this one bring together experts from across the world and provide a platform to discuss the latest advances in research and treatment of the disease.

During the ceremony, Dr Sheenah Dawood, president of the UAE Cancer Congress, said: “Our goal is to promote the oncology community in partnering, learning and building collaborations to allow for progress in research and build initiatives to effectively combat this disease in our region.”

She added that the congress has always strived to ask important questions and bring key opinion leaders from the health-care sector, government and industry to answer and address the issues. “We have integrated topics such as the use of biosimilars and cost-effective methods of therapeutic management into the programme. We have effectively launched the first and only international BRCA forum this year which will be dedicated to looking at the genetic basis of cancer and how to effectively approach and manage patients with genetically driven malignancies.”

This year, the UAE Cancer Congress will present 14 different oncology subspecialities focusing on head and neck cancer, breast cancer, GI cancer, live surgery, gynae oncology, oncology nursing, radio oncology and imaging session, among others. The congress will be held with the participation of 200 faculty from across the globe who will be sharing the most recent update and breakthroughs in the management of cancer. The congress has been accredited by the Dubai Health Authority with about 52.25 CME hours collectively for all the sessions.