Reflecting its long history and strong tradition, the Japanese Gastric Cancer Association will hold the 87th Annual Meeting at RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima and elsewhere for three days from March 4 to 6, 2015. I sincerely hope that the congress will help accelerate progress in the evolving field of gastric cancer care in line with its main theme of "Differentiation and Integration."
Our association has been increasing its global presence year by year, as one of the world’s pioneers in gastric cancer research. Many physicians engaged in gastric cancer care from abroad, including Korea and China, are expected to attend the congress, and a number of international sessions will be held.
A session titled "Future Perspective of Japan-Korea Collaboration Trials" will discuss the future direction of joint research between Japan and Korea. The "Open Surgery" session, subtitled "Standard Surgery for EGJca. and Its Results," will deal with esophagogastric junction cancer, one of the hot topics in Japan today. The "Laparoscopic Surgery" session will feature a discussion on laparoscopic D2 dissection and its complications. Attendees of the "ESD" session, focusing on the present status and problems of endoscopic submucosal dissection, will talk about a broad range of ESD-related subjects. A session related to chemotherapy titled "Recent Advances of Neoadjuvant or Adjuvant Therapy for Gastric Cancer" will focus on pre- and post-operative chemotherapy. We hope that all attendees will actively discuss various issues, leading to remarkable achievements in Japan for the benefit of the rest of the world.
Two plenary sessions will be held on the first day. One will feature a consensus meeting on the Japanese Gastric Cancer Treatment Guidelines, and the other will report on the results of the JCOG0110 and many other clinical studies of paramount importance to clinical practice.
When planning the contents of the congress, we emphasized not only the main theme, but also poster presentations, and decided to limit the coverage of oral presentations to the main theme and related subjects. Basically, a number of hours will be allocated exclusively to poster presentations, with other sessions closed during the time zone, so I hope many attendees will join a broad range of discussions.
Hiroshima is an attractive city committed to world peace solidarity, with six graceful rivers and rich greenery, facing the gentle waters of the Seto Inland Sea. It has two World Heritage sites: Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and the Atomic Bomb Dome. March in Hiroshima is a season of delicious food and sake, including oysters and okonomiyaki (Japanese fried pancake with various ingredients). We hope you will be absorbed in academic debate on gastric cancer in the daytime and enjoy the delicacies of the region at night. I look forward to seeing you in Hiroshima.