The Centre Antoine Lacassagne confirms its leadership in rectal oncology with its first dedicated international scientific congress : L.UCA.RRE.

October 30, 2023

The very first L.UCA.RRE international scientific congress will be held on November 25, 2023 at the Aston la Scala Hotel in Nice, chaired by Professor Jean-Pierre Gérard from the Centre Antoine Lacassagne.

The first international scientific congress L.UCA.RRE will be chaired by Professor Jean-Pierre Gérard of the Centre Antoine Lacassagne. The event will review scientific advances in rectal cancer treatment. The context of the congress is one of progress by the scientific community in perfecting “conservative treatments” for rectal cancer.

A true transformation of clinical practices in treating rectal cancer

In fact, the patient’s rectal function is usually damaged by rectal cancer treatment. New methods, recommended by a number of French societies, aim to preserve rectal function while allowing for a more serene remission. The Centre Antoine Lacassagne has played a leading role in this process, especially when directing a renowned international project published in the prestigious Lancet.

The event will benefit from the support of precious partners, including the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique (SFERO), the Institut National du Cancer, Unicancer, the Institut Gustave Roussy et the Université Côte d’Azur. Experts from Brazil, the United States, Canada, Poland, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom will also be taking part.

The L.UCA.RRE congress, its regional and international influence

The L.UCA.RRE congress will therefore bring together renowned international experts to discuss rectal preservation methods and establish new scientific consensus. The program includes lectures and discussions on chemotherapy, local exeresis and endocavitary radiotherapy. Experts will present Phase III clinical trials to assess the therapeutic efficacy of the various approaches. For the first time, the conclusions of numerous randomized trials will be presented within a single day, in order to enable major breakthroughs in the future.

Scientists will review the successes of these new methods next year in Sao Paulo, a city that has been a pioneer in conservative rectal treatment for the past 10 years, thanks to the biannual FICARE congress. Nice city is set to host the second L.UCA.RRE congress in 2025, confirming its leading role in the “therapeutics de-escalation” strategy.

This momentum in the PACA region is gradually enabling patients to benefit from these cutting-edge treatments in the region’s various expert centers.

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