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President’s Message

PM_PhotoWelcome to our third newsletter for 2016. I hope to see as many members as possible at the 6th Australian Lung Cancer Conference in Melbourne on August 18-20. The programme continues the ALCC’s tradition of exploring the issues through a multidisciplinary lens and taking into account our Australian context. Places are limited so register now to avoid disappointment!

Another reason to join us in Melbourne is to participate in the ALTG Members’ Meeting on August 17th and the ALTG Masterclass on August 19th. At the Members’ Meeting the group’s activities over the past 12 months will be fully reported, including discussion of ongoing trials and concepts in development. In this newsletter we’re calling for submission of new concepts that will also be discussed. Elections for three positions on the MAC– President, NZ representative and Thoracic Surgery representative – will also be finalised while the group is together in Melbourne. If you know someone who is interested in shaping the ALTG’s future activities, please put their name forward. The ALTG Masterclass faculty includes Nick Pavlakis, Rina Hui, Ben Solomon and Jackie Yoong, who will discuss current clinical topics and how they are linked with our research activities.

Also in this issue we have some new diary dates for member meetings and the 2016 ALTG Lung Cancer Symposium. The Lung Cancer Symposium is a new educational initiative that strengthens our focus on translating from research into clinical practice.

The “Who’s Who” article in our last issue was well received and this time we profile three of our MAC members. We hope they prove as interesting as our Consumer Advisory Panel Members!

We are featuring news from some of our partners in lung cancer research as we highlight initiatives from patients, IASLC and Lung Foundation Australia. The Lung Foundation has launched two valuable, complementary resources for patients and clinicians – the first Australian directory of dedicated lung cancer MDTs and the Lung Cancer Patient Pathway. Please circulate these through your own networks, as they are valuable tools to assist with rapid referral of patients and to help them navigate their journey with lung cancer after diagnosis.

Finally, we have an update on TACT, having held our first General Assembly in Chicago a few weeks ago, with great success. If you have a moment to check out www.TACTlung.com it’s well worth a visit, with presentations from many of the 13 Member Groups available for viewing and download.