The Annual Symposium of the Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons took place December 19–20 at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center. The symposium invited Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital Vice-President Zhao-Yuan Wang, China Medical University Hospital Dr. Shen-Ji Zhang, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center Director Pei-Rong Ding, National Cheng Kung University Hospital Vice-President Cheng-Chang Lee, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Dr. Hong-Hua Chen, National Taiwan University Hospital Dr. John Huang, and several other specialists as seminar speakers. Main topics included “Moving Forward in Multidisciplinary Treatment”, “New Era of Colorectal Cancer Management”, “Selection Energy Device in Laparoscopic Surgery”, and other diverse subjects.
Colorectal cancer has ranked first in domestic cases of cancer for seven consecutive years, with an increase of 14,000 new cases each year. In 2012, the rate of diagnosing colorectal cancer had reached 45.1 per 100,000, surpassing South Korea (45.0 per 100,000), the highest ranking country according to WHO. During the same period, patients were able to receive better treatment resulting in significantly improved survival rates. These advances were possible due to administering the latest drugs and integrating multidisciplinary medical expertise. Therefore, the symposium featured the sharing of hands-on experience of cross-strait medical teams.
Surgery has unlimited potential. Even today, we have only taken a glimpse of the infinite possibilities brought by modern surgery. Symposium organizers invited a range of domestic and foreign experts from the United States, France, South Korea, Japan, and other regions, to share their latest research and results on chemical radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and detection of cancer cells. In addition to insightful papers related to chemical radiation therapy for colorectal cancer, the Ministry of Health and Welfare also published their most recent data. The symposium helped shed more light on different perspectives through presentations and the sharing of members, plus facilitated the exchange of medical knowledge.