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Leading research to be highlighted at 2016 Multidisciplinary Head & Neck Cancer Symposium

News briefings also available live via webcast

American Society for Radiation Oncology

The 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium, sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Head & Neck Society (AHNS), will explore the heterogeneous group of tumors in head and neck cancers and the various complexities and factors in providing treatment. The multidisciplinary approach includes surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy in addition to novel molecular biologic therapies that show promise in improving patient outcomes.

The two-and-a-half day meeting will feature the largest number of abstracts in its history, selected from a record-breaking number of submissions. Interactive educational sessions will focus on novel multidisciplinary therapies, directed therapy, treatment guidelines, prevention, surveillance and supportive care. A total of 262 abstracts, including 13 oral abstract presentations and 249 posters, will highlight the most current, cutting-edge science of relevance to the head and neck cancer community.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Tanguy Seiwert, MD, University of Chicago, "Immunotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer"

  • Robert I. Haddad, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, "Personalized Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer - The Time is Now"

  • Quynh-Thu Le, MD, FASTRO, Stanford School of Medicine, "Precision Therapy in Head and Neck Cancer - From Technology to Biomarker-based Risk Stratification"

  • Neil Hayes, MD, MPH, UNC School of Medicine, "Genome Atlas and Sequencing Data: How We Use This Going Forward"

When: Thursday, February 18 - Saturday, February 20, 2016

Where: JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, Arizona

News Briefings: News briefings will highlight six abstracts from the general program. The briefings will be available via live webcast for registered press, with audio recordings and slides posted on the ASTRO website following each briefing.

Thursday, February 18, 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. MT (9:00 a.m. ET)
Friday, February 19, 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. MT (9:00 a.m. ET)

Press Registration: Credentialed journalists from accredited news organizations are invited to attend and report on the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. The Press Policies and Registration Form are available at

Press Office: Town Hall Room, JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, AZ; Open Thursday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MT

More information is available at the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium website,


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