Pioneers in medicine highlight breakthroughs in cancer cure

The session on oncology in progress on the first day of “the Pioneers in Medicine” conference in Riyadh on Saturday.

RIYADH — As the Pioneers in Medicine conference got under way on Saturday under the patronage of Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, international and Saudi experts put the spotlight on major breakthroughs in medicine that are transforming the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

The conference has been organized by King Faisal Prize in collaboration with Alfaisal University in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Prize

During a session on oncology on the first day of the conference, pioneers from the field offered a detailed view of the history of urological cancers in Saudi Arabia and the increased relevance of surgical management of prostate cancer.

The session, moderated by Dr. Amani AlKofide, chairman of Paediatric Haematology at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, was addressed by Prof. Patrick Walsh, university distinguished service professor of urology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and King Faisal Prize 2007 laureate in Medicine. It also witnessed lectures by Dr. Mohammed Abomelha, consultant urologist and founding chairman of the Saudi Urological Association; and Professor of Pathology and Cytopathologist Consultant Dr. Walid. E. Khalbuss at the National Guard Hospital; and Dr. Shouki Bazarbashi, chairman of the Research Ethics Committee at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center.

The session highlighted the latest developments in Oncology, specifically the new possibilities raised by immune therapy, focused on the ability of human immune system to defeat cancer. It discussed the impact of surgical innovation in reducing death and suffering from prostate cancer, pointing to safer surgical procedures that have gained considerable acceptance leading to a rapid decline in death rates from prostate cancer.

The session also traced the history of urology in Saudi Arabia and explained how the effective use of cancer registry and pattern in Saudi Arabia has helped enhance diagnosis and treatment efficiency. — SG