Irish Sarcoma Group

Second Irish Sarcoma Group Meeting 2015

Venue: The Gibson Hotel, Point Village, Dublin 1

Date: 2nd and 3rd December 2015

This year the annual meeting will again take place at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin 1 but will run over two days.

Day 1 (December 2nd) will launch Ireland’s first public information day. It will be hosted by Lindsey Bennister (CEO of Sarcoma UK) and Dr Charles Gillham (National Lead for Soft Tissue Sarcoma) and will provide patients and their relatives/friends an opportunity to learn more about the disease and meet others with a similar diagnosis.

1000                         Tea/coffee and registration
1030 Introduction and Welcome Dr Charles Gillham, National Lead for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
Breda Brennan – her story
1100    Sarcoma: types, treatment and the service in Ireland Prof Paul Ridgway, Dr Charles Gillham and Deirdre O’Mahony
1130 Tea/Coffee
1145                       Support and information for Irish patients/relatives
Patient/Family member (Teresa O’Sullivan)
The Irish Cancer Society (Naomi Fitzgibbon)
CanTeen (Evelyn Griffiths)
1215                       The Sarcoma UK Experience
Lindsey Bennister, CEO Sarcoma UK
1245                       Lunch
1345                       Informal brain-storming session
Notice boards/post-it notes will be available for people to add their ideas as to how sarcoma services in Ireland could be improved and what currently works well.Opportunity to informally meet different health care professionals involved in caring for and treating people with sarcoma in Ireland.
1445                       Summing up the day’s events and planning for the future   

Day 2 (December 3rd) is aimed at surgical, medical and radiation oncologists and allied health professionals, with an interest in sarcoma, from the island of Ireland. The programme focusses on sarcomas where, nationally, management is more varied. The key message, as last year, will be to highlight the importance of centralising services, standardising treatment approaches and working within a multidisciplinary framework. The programme will draw on both local and international expertise.

0900-0930 Registration
0930-0945 Welcome and Introduction TBA
Gynaecological Sarcomas
Chairs: Dr Noreen Gleeson and Dr Deirdre O’Mahony
0945-1000 Epidemiology and Pathology Dr Ciaran O’Riain, Dublin
1000-1020 Surgery Prof Fredric Amant, Belgium
1020-1040 Adjuvant Therapy Dr Beatrice Seddon, London
1040-1100 Advanced Disease Dr Charlotte Benson, London
1100-1115 Panel Discussion Chairs/Speakers
Chairs: Mr Jim Clover and Mr Gary O’Toole
1145-1200 Epidemiology and Pathology Dr Mairin McMenamin, Dublin
1200-1210 Radiology Dr Eric Heffernan, Dublin
1210-1230 Role of the Surgeon Dr Sylvie Bonvalot, France
1230-1240 Systemic Therapy Dr Alexia Bertuzzi, Dublin
1240-1250 Radiotherapy Dr Jennifer Gilmore, Cork
1250-1300 Panel Discussion Chairs/Speakers
1400-1410 Formal Address Minister for Health,
Leo Varadkar TD
Sarcoma in Teenagers and Young Adults
Chairs: Dr Michael Capra
1410-1425 Epidemiology and Pathology Dr Maureen O’Sullivan, Dublin
1425-1445 Issues Facing AYA with cancer Dr Rachael Windsor, London
1445-1455 Sarcoma during adolescence Ms Lisa Kennedy
1455-1505 Developing an Irish AYA Service Dr Charles Gillham, Dublin
1505-1520 Panel Discussion
Retroperitoneal Sarcomas
1550-1600 Transatlantic Retroperitoneal Dr Sylvie Bonvalot, France
  Sarcoma Working Group
Complex Cases
Chairs: Dr Alexia Bertuzzi and Prof Paul Ridgway
  Extremity Sarcoma Mr Gary O’Toole, Dublin
MPNST Dr Alexia Bertuzzi
Sternal Chordoma Mr Jim Clover, Cork
Paediatric Sarcoma Dr Cormac Owens, Dublin
National Sarcoma Services: Progress
1650-1700 Irish National Sarcoma Service Dr Mary Hynes, NCCP



The Gibson Hotel
Point Village 
Dublin 1
GPS coordinates  53.348518; -6.228583

Public transport:
The Luas redline stops directly outside of The Gibson Hotel, this line runs via Heuston, Busarus and Connolly Stations.

Car Parking:  The Point Village Car Park
At the gibson hotel car parking spaces are available at The Point Village Car Park located at rear of the hotel.  The car park is accessed by the rear of the hotel – see hotel access map. Entrance from Sheriff Street Upper, Dublin 1.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 7am to Midnight
Sunday:  9am to Midnight

Register for meeting