Last month, members of the Australia and New Zealand Lung Cancer Nurses Forum (ANZ-LCNF) gathered in Melbourne for the Thoracic Oncology Group Australasia (TOGA) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). The meeting’s theme, “Shifting the dial forward in lung cancer: it takes a village,” set the stage for engaging discussions and collaborations among some of the most innovative and influential minds in healthcare and clinical research within the lung cancer community.
Over the course of two days, the conference featured a diverse line-up of international and local speakers who presented on various topical issues in thoracic cancer research. Attendees were treated to insights on lung cancer screening, immunotherapy treatment, the future influence of biomarker-driven treatments for lung cancer and the challenges of overcoming inequities in quality care. One of the meeting’s highlights was the great oral abstract session, where ANZ-LCNF members had the opportunity to learn about latest thoracic cancer research projects.
Beyond the educational content, the event offered an excellent platform for networking. Members of the ANZ-LCNF had the chance to connect with other professionals in the field, fostering new relationships and strengthening existing ones. These interactions not only promote professional growth but also contribute to the overall advancement of lung cancer care across Australia and New Zealand.
As the ANZ-LCNF members return to their respective roles, they carry with them newfound knowledge, ideas, and connections. Undoubtedly, the insights gained from this meeting will contribute to further advancements in lung cancer research, treatment, and patient care. The ongoing collaborations and friendships formed at this event will continue to propel the collective mission of “shifting the dial forward” in lung cancer care, proving that indeed, it takes a village to make a significant impact in the fight against lung cancer.