About this event

  • Date and time Wed 19 Jun 2024 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Oncology

As acute oncology (AO) reaches its 15th birthday, we are pleased to invite you to a summary of past and current best practice for acute oncology services.

The programme does not only focus on different medical subspecialities, such as cardiac and respiratory AO emergencies, but also discusses common acute oncology problems including spinal cord compression, immunotherapy toxicities and end of life care.

With a wide breadth of subjects, and a strong medical slant, the event is unique in content and format. 

By attending, you will:

  • Understand the acute oncology service and appreciate its future direction in further improving care
  • Be able to investigate and manage common oncological emergencies
  • Learn to recognise and understand the management of toxicity-related complications from anti-cancer therapies
  • Appreciate the value of involving the wider MDT in specialist care or end of life care

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We would like to thank our sponsors Amgen, AstraZeneca and Roche who have provided sponsorship towards this independent programme. Please note that the main scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsors. The views and opinions expressed are those of the speakers and participants and not those of the sponsors. 


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Acute oncology at 15: Where have we come since 2009, and what is next?

Dr Pauline Leonard, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospital Trust

Why didn't you call us earlier? Palliative medicine in acute oncology

Dr Natasha Wiggins, Consultant, Palliative Medicine, Great Western Hospital

Managing sepsis in the oncology patient

Dr Ashling Lillis, Consultant, Acute Medicine, Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Cardio-oncology: The heart of the matter

Dr Alex Lyon, Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Brompton Hospital

Respiratory issues in acute oncology

Dr Anant Patel, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Royal Free and Barnet Hospitals 

Panel discussion

Chairs: Professor Pauline Leonard, Consultant Medical Oncologist, at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Dr Suha Abdulla

MUO not CUP: Diagnosing cancer in the acute setting

Alison Taylor, Acute Oncology Nurse Consultant, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Gastrointestinal acute oncology emergencies

Dr Kai-Keen Shiu, Consultant Gastrointestinal Medical Oncologist, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break 
Diagnosis and management of immunotherapy related toxicities

Dr Anna Olsson-Brown, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre

Panel discussion

Sylvia Lawler prize presentations

Entresto as a novel cardio protectant in a mouse models of thoracic irradiation

Gerard Walls 

Does lymph station spread of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas associate with local recurrence or distal metastasis and should lymph node station 16 positivity be a contraindication for a whipple's pancreaticoduodenectomy? A retrospective cohort study

Rosie Solomon

Multimodel (5-ala, tractography and ultrasound guided) awake craniotomy for glioblastoma: Maximising safe surgical resection

Susan Honeyman

Baseline cardiac imgaing features as biomarkers of radiation cardiotoxicity in lung cancer

Gerard Walls

Closing remarks
Close of meeting



Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom


Registration for this event will close on 18 June 2024 at 1:00am (BST). Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

The agenda is subject to change at any time.  

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations. 

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion. 

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.