Cancer metastasis is the major cause of death for cancer patients. The aim of the Association is to promote the study of cancer metastasis to overcoming this disease. In 1991, a first preparatory committee meeting was held in Tokyo, which resulted in the founding of The Japanese Association for Metastasis Research. Since then, annual meetings have been held in various cities in Japan. Members of the Association consist of researchers in different fields, basic science, clinical science, and industry.
The 28th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for Metastasis Research will be held in Kagoshima city on July 25 and 26, 2019. The theme of the meeting is "Diagnosis and treatment for macro- and micro-metastasis".
Accurate diagnosis is essential to determine the treatment strategy for macrometastasis. Based on the preoperative diagnosis, we have to control the metastases by using surgical therapy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, molecular target therapy, and immunotherapy. It is also important how to evaluate the therapeutic effect by imaging means, genetic and molecular biological methods. In recent years, conversion surgery after a variety of treatments has improved the prognosis for patients with unresectable advanced tumors or distant metastases.
On the other hand, there are many things that remain to be elucidated regarding micrometastasis. It has been unclear whether there is no cancer cell, or we just cannot detect tiny amount of cancer cells. It is not uncommon for patients to relapse more than ten years later in clinical setting. We encourage basic and clinical presentation about the nature of the metastatic cancer cells lurking in the blood, bone marrow, organs, and lymph nodes from diversified viewpoints by using various methods. Kagoshima city in July is in the midst of hot summer, but we expect the energy of this annual meeting will overcome the summer heat. After hard discussion and learning at the meeting, Kagoshima's delicious shochu and foods are waiting for you. We are looking forward to your participation and presentation.
The 28th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for Metastasis Research
The 29th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for Metastasis Research