Embargo Policy

The embargo on all abstracts part of the 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium lifted at 5:00 PM ET on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Press Releases

  • Liquid Biopsy Test Shows Promise for Detecting Early-Stage Colorectal Cancer
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new study has found that a test that identifies circulating tumor cells (CTCs) present in the bloodstream can detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, with accuracy ranging from 84 to 88%. Most prior studies using CTCs have been able to detect late-stage colorectal cancer, and this study is one of the first clinical studies to show that CTCs can be useful for detecting early, more treatable stages of the cancer. Read the full release.

Meet the News Planning Team

  • Michelle Kim, MD, PhD
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    American Gastroenterological Association Institute
  • Nancy N. Baxter, MD
    St. Michael’s Hospital
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Laura A. Dawson, MD, FRCPC, FASTRO
    Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
    American Society for Radiation Oncology
  • Ajay V. Maker, MD, FACS
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    Society of Surgical Oncology

Meeting Information

Meeting Publications

Past Meetings

2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium:

  • 2017 Symposium to Highlight Notable Research Advances in Gastrointestinal Cancers
    SAN FRANCISCO – Six abstracts exploring key issues in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers will be presented at the 2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, taking place January 19-21 at the Moscone West Building in San Francisco. Read the full release.
  • PET Scans Can Inform and Improve Treatment for Patients With Esophageal Cancer
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Findings from a federally funded clinical trial point to a new way to improve the outlook for patients with esophageal cancer: using PET scans to assess tumor response to initial chemotherapy may allow doctors to tailor further chemotherapy. Read the full release.
  • Physical Activity Linked to Longer Survival in Advanced Colorectal Cancer
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new analysis suggests that people with metastatic colorectal cancer who are more physically active fare better than those who are less active. Read the full release.
  • Watch-and-Wait Approach for Rectal Cancer Appears an Option for More Patients
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Real-world data from a large observational study suggests that omitting surgery in strictly selected patients with a clinical complete response does not compromise outcomes. Read the full release.
  • 2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium Press Program to Highlight New Treatment Insights and Strategies
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Co-sponsors of the 2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium announced today three abstracts to be featured in the meeting’s official Press Program. Read the full release.
  • View a recording of the January 17 presscast, featuring three studies from the 2017 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium

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