Strike action between Monday 2 October to Thursday 5 October 2023

Consultants and junior doctors at The Christie will both strike between 7am on Monday 2 October to 7am on Thursday 5 October 2023. Both consultants and junior doctors will still provide emergency care during their strikes.

We are proactively contacting patients with appointments that may be affected by this strike. If you have an appointment at the Trust on any of these dates, please continue to come to The Christie and our other centres as planned unless we contact you to tell you otherwise. There may be longer waits than usual in clinics during this time.

Please do not call to check if your appointment is still going ahead.

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ESCTOX / UKASCC Conference

Thursday 12 and Friday 13 October 2023

The ESCTOX / UKASCC (UK Association of Supportive Care in Cancer) conference is the first in the UK to focus entirely on supportive cancer care.

We have brought together speakers from all over the globe to share their knowledge and expertise, and we welcome delegates from all medical and allied health specialties to learn more about this fast growing field of oncology.

This event is hybrid and will take place on-site at The Christie School of Oncology.

Delegates can attend face-to-face or virtually via our online event platform. Regardless of how you wish to register, you will be provided with on-demand access. This will allow you to revisit any talks at a time that suits you.

Attending face-to-face will be a fantastic opportunity to network with other professionals in the supportive oncology field.

Sign up for the ESCTOX / UKASCC Conference on Eventbrite today.

  • Supportive oncology, past, present and future
  • New technologies
  • Personalised supportive care
  • Pain management
  • Newer treatments including toxicities and their management
  • Reducing symptom burden

The course is aimed at medical trainees, clinical nurse specialists, GPs, oncologists, general physicians, emergency physicians, research nurses, acute oncology nurses, palliative care professionals and Allied Health Professionals (such as radiographers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and dieticians).

Day 1 of ESCTOX / UKASCC Conference - Thursday 12 October 2023

Time Session
08:30 Registration
09:00- 10:30 Keynote plenary sessions
09:00 Supportive care on the cancer wards: what's changing and why?
Dr Safwaan Adam, Consultant endocrinologist, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
09:30 The rise of the supportive care workforce
Dr Richard Berman, President of UKASCC and Consultant in supportive care, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
10:00 Surviving Cancer but at what cost?
Prof Florian Scotte, President-elect UKASCC 

10.30 - break

Time Session
11:00-13:00 New technologies in supportive oncology and personalised supportive care
11:00 Wearable devices and contactless patient monitoring
Paolo Bossi, Associate Professor of Oncology, Universita delgi Study di Brescia Italy
11:20 Netflix and weed: sometimes that's all I need: the future of cannabis in cancer care
Dr Judith Lacey, Head of Supportive Care and Integrative Oncology, Chris O'Brien Lifehouse Comprehensive Cancer Centre, NSW, Australia
11:40 An overview of artificial intelligence in oncology
Fabio Moraes, Clinical Investigator Radiation Oncology, Kingston General Hospital - Associate Professor Dept of Oncology, Queens University
12:10 Personalised care: What does it mean to patients and how to put into practice
Jemima Reynolds, Head of Programmes and Engagement, Trekstock
12:30 Personalised care: a new focus for the NHS
Deb Moore, Assistant Head of Patient Choice, NHSE 
12:50 Unleashing the Power of Prevention; How risk assessment can help manage Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting
Oliver Williams, Specialist Clinical Pharmacist - Supportive Care and Oncology, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Michal Sladkowski, Advanced Clinical Pharmacist for Cancer services, Weston Park Cancer Care Sheffield
**This session is sponsored by Chugai**

13.10 - lunch

Time Session
14:00-15:30 Enhanced supportive care
Dr Daniel Monnery, National Clinical Advisor ESC and Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre 
14:30 Models of survivorship care
Prof Raymond Chan, Mathew Flinders Professor of Cancer Nursing, Dorector, Caring Futures Institue College of Nursing and Health Sciences, South Australia 
15:00 Treatable but incurable cancer: a new challenge for palliative care
Dr Joanne Droney, Consultant in palliative medicine, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

15.30 - break

Time Session
16:00-17:00 Focus on pain management 
16:00 Should we have different guidelines for different parts of the cancer continuum?
Dr Richard Berman, President of UKASCC and Consultant in supportive care, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
16:20 WHO Ladder: still fit for purpose?
Andrew Dickman 
16:40 The narcotic bowel syndrome
Dr Ashique Ahamed, Consultant in supportive and palliative care, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
17:00 NSAIDS and COXII inhibitors: under used for cancer pain? 

17.20 - close of day 1

Day 2 of ESCTOX / UKASCC Conference - Friday 13 October 2023

Time Session
08:30 Registration
08:45 to 10:15 Outcomes data and real-world evidence
Chaired by Richard Berman 
08:45 A health economic evaluation of supportive oncology in a UK Cancer Centre
Ollie Minton, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust 
09:15 The late effects clinic
Emma Hallam, Macmillan consultant radiographer in post-treatment and late effects, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 
09:35 Toxicity and quality of life
Rosie Roberts, Specialist Nurse for SACT and Macmillan Clinical Lead Nurse for SACT and AO, Velindre Cancer Centre and Wales Cancer Network
09:55 Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)
Mary Tanay 
10:05 Panel discussion

10:20 - Coffee break and posters

Time Session
11:00 to 13:00 CAR-T therapy
Dr Jennifer Vidrine, Consultant in palliative medicine, Newcastle Hospitals 
11:30 Radiotherapy for multiple liver metastases
Dr Ganesh Rhadakrishna, Consultant clinical oncologist, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
12:00 Proton beam therapy
Dr Shermaine Pan
12:30 Immunotherapy: where are we now and what's to come?
Dr Anna Olssen-Brown, Medical oncologist, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

13:00 - Lunch

Time Session
14:00 to 15:20 Reducing symptom burden 
14:00 Fatigue during and after treatment - how can we best treat?
Prof Paddy Stone, Professor of palliative and end of life care, University College London 
14:20 Common oral problems and their treatment

Professor Joel Epstein, Professor of oral medicine, City of Hope Cancer Centre, USA 
14:40 Prehab 4 Cancer
Dr John Moore, GM Cancer Clincial director for prehab and recovery, Manchester Foundation Trust 
15:00 The time toxicity of cancer treatment
Dr Arjun Gupta, Medical oncologist, University of Minnesota, USA 

15:20 - Break

Time Session
15:40 to 17:00 Future supportive oncology - ones to watch 
15:40 Supportive oncology: past, present and future
Dr Maryam B Lustberg, President of MASCC, Director of The Breast Centre at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Chief of breast medical oncology, Yale Cancer Centre, USA 
16:00 The role of cold plasma therapy in cancer care
Michael Keidar, Professor of engineering, George Washington University, USA 
16:20 Overview of the potential use of psilocybin in oncology
Dr Sara Tai, Professor of clinical psychology and consultant clinical psychologist, CeNTrUM (Centre for New Treatments and Understanding in Mental Health) Division of Psychology and Mental health, University of Manchester 
16:40 Photobiomodulation: using light therapy to develop sustainable quality improvements in cancer care
Angela Hayes, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Sustainability Lead, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

17:00 - Close

Guidance for poster submissions on the subject of supportive care

Abstracts should be saved with your full name and event as the name of the document e.g. ‘John Smith ESCTOX/UKASCC Abstract’ and emailed to by 5pm on Thursday 31 August 2023 with the cover submission form attached.

  • Please refer to the below submission form template when completing your abstract (250 words max)
  • Upon submission, all successful abstracts will be contacted and asked to submit an A4 PDF poster.
  • You may be selected for a brief oral presentation. If you would not be happy to give an oral presentation, please highlight this on the submission form.
  • There will be a discounted ticket rate for all poster submissions. A member of our team will offer to book you your discounted place upon receiving your poster.

Due to the virtual nature of the event, posters must be saved in PDF format and submitted electronically. They will form part of an “e-gallery” for delegates to access. All posters must clearly display the applicants’ full name and a relevant contact email address to facilitate any communication after the event.


I will NOT be able to give an oral presentation for my abstract                                

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Any further questions please contact or 0161 918 7409.

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Last updated: July 2023