The countdown to UEG Week 2014 is on and for those of you interested in all things pancreatic, there are rich pickings at this year's meeting.
Saturday morning on the postgraduate teaching programme starts things off with a session dedicated to pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the eighth most common cancer in Europe. The mysteries of diagnosis, staging investigations and treatment options will all be dissected. In the afternoon the focus turns towards necrotizing pancreatitis, with presentations by both a gastroenterologist and a surgeon. Sunday moves onto the tricky issue of cystic pancreatic lesions, considering diagnostic evaluation, follow up and the role of observation or resection.
If you're not arriving at UEG Week until Monday then don't despair! The opening plenary session includes a talk on the effect of lymphotoxin in KRAS-induced pancreatic tumorigenesis and is followed later on in the morning by a free paper session dedicated to cellular crosstalk in pancreatic cancer. There are plenty of sessions to choose from on Monday afternoon too. Straight after the lunch break, check out the symposium on therapeutic EUS or the free paper session on the challenges of imaging pancreatic cancer. There is even a session dedicated to the pancreatic highlights from this year's DDW. Later in the afternoon there are two symposia on offer—one on quality endoscopy (from East to West) that includes talks on pancreatobiliary disease and pancreatobiliary EUS and one on current and future standards in pancreatic cancer. Alternatively, you might be interested in going along to one of the free paper sessions—immunopathogenesis of pancreatitis and hepatitis (part of the Today's Science, Tomorrow's Medicine pathway) and minimally invasive interventions in the pancreas.
If you get out of bed on time on Tuesday morning, you will be rewarded with an update on the management of acute pancreatitis and a free paper session on hot topics in cholestatic and pancreatic disease. This is followed by a translational session on cystic pancreatic lesions and the diagnostic and therapeutic challenge they pose. The diagnosis of cystic pancreatic lesions is also the focus of a round table discussion on Tuesday lunchtime (note that numbers are limited for this particular session). An early afternoon symposium considers what to do in the face of abnormal liver and pancreatic function tests, while a free paper session takes on the topic of challenges in the treatment of pancreatic and biliary cancer. Following the session on acute pancreatitis during the morning, the multidisciplinary management of chronic pancreatitis is the focus of a symposium late on Tuesday afternoon. In addition, the clinical dilemma posed by cystic pancreatic lesions is again under consideration, but this time in a free paper session.
The final day of UEG Week 2014 begins with a free paper session on chronic pancreatitis, specifically the pathophysiology and management of pain and fibrosis. As a suitable finish to UEG Week there are sessions reviewing the most interesting developments of 2014, including one dedicated to the pancreas. Posters session are running throughout the meeting on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so do seek them out too!
We'd love to hear what pancreas content you find interesting throughout the meeting, so please do tweet to let us know by including one or more of the following hashtags: #UEGWeek #Pancreas #UEGEducation.
And don't forget that if you're not able to make it to UEG Week in person that many of the talks will be made available as they happen via UEG Week Live – just follow the livestream on the UEG website. If you can't catch every talk as it happens (in person or via the livestream), then you're in luck because all recorded sessions will be made available via UEG 24/7. Enjoy!