Counting down to Cairns: what’s on the MOGA 2022 program


Prof. Natasha Leighl

Delegates at the MOGA 2022 ASM in Cairns later this week will hopefully enjoy some tropical Queensland sun as well as being back face-to-face after the enforced two-year COVID-19 pandemic layover.

Local and international speakers feature as usual on the two-day scientific program covering a broad range of topics across the spectrum of cancer types and treatment options.

The opening ceremony features international guest speaker Professor Natasha Leighl on ‘Testing and Treatment – a Path to Access in the Real World’ (Thurs, 9.30am).

Professor Leighl, who leads the Thoracic Medical Oncology Group at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, Canada, will also speak in sessions on treatment options in early NSCLC.

Another international guest on Day 1 of the program is Professor Jose Angel Garcia Saenz, Head of the Breast Cancer Unit at the Hospital Clinico San Carlos in Madrid, Spain.

He will speak in the immuno-oncology symposium on new adjuvant therapy (Thurs, 11.45 am), as well as in a breakfast session on luminal breast cancer (Fri, 7.30am).

MOGA’s 2022 Cancer Achievement Award recipient Professor Euan Walpole, medical director of cancer services at Brisbane’s Metro South Health and Hospital Service, also features on Day 1 of the program (Thurs, 11 am).

The Cancer Achievement Award Award recognises outstanding contribution to clinical practice, research and cancer control. Professor Walpole will speak on the important issue of outcomes in measuring the quality of clinical practice.

Dr Yada Kanjanapan, recipient of the Martin Tattersall Heroes Award for her outstanding leadership on the role of COVID vaccination for individuals with cancer, will also speak on oncologists adapting to the changing world (Fri, 3.30pm).

Her presentation on Day 2 is part of a session on ‘Clinician Wellbeing – Survival Tips’.

Other presenters in the session include Associate Professor Nick Wilcken on the topic of coping with personal demons and Dr Florian Honeyball on moral injury in medicine.

Dr Honeyman, from Dubbo Base Hospital, will also present a medical oncology workforce update (Fri, 3pm).

Other sessions on the program include the trainees oral abstracts (Thurs, 1.30pm) and young oncologists oral abstracts (Friday, 10am).

Professor Hope Rugo, director of breast oncology and clinical trials education at the University of California San Francisco, will present on advances in treatment of metastatic triple negative breast cancer in the on-demand program.

The MOGA 2022 ASM will be held over two days Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August at the Cairns Convention Centre.

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