Gerald’s Near Miss

At the age of 55, Gerald Manson from Wolverhampton had considered himself rather lucky in life.

Gerald Manson, a gardener from Wolverhampton, had thought his life was charmed until he found a rather nasty surprise when he lifted up his shirt at work.

“I’d never been ill a day in my life, never taken a day off sick and still had all my teeth – I always thought I was lucky!”

Having a physical vocation is what Gerald attributes his excellent health to. Since the age of 15 he has worked as a gardener/labourer, a role that often involves a lot of moving around and often long days spent outside breathing the fresh air.

“My job’s really varied, its what I love about being a gardener. One day I could be laying down a blanket of turf, the next day I could be fitting a series of garden fencing panels. I love doing DIY and gardening, so getting hired for these kinds of jobs is an absolute God send.”

After 40 years of working outside, at the age of 55 Gerald is still going although a recent run in with a melanoma did briefly stop him in his tracks:

“I’m not a small bloke, I drink a few pints each week and I probably eat a few too many chips so I suppose I’d always ran the risk of getting some kind of illness, but had always been lucky enough to avoid it. If I ever expected to get ill, it was through my bad habits rather than anything else.”

Melanoma, otherwise know as skin cancer, is one of the most common forms of cancers in the UK. Signs to look out for are any changes in colour or shape of existing moles, but for the unaware these kinds of cancer can easily go unnoticed. In Gerald’s case it took a particularly observant off-duty GP to notice that there was something the matter.

“I don’t usually take my shirt off whilst I’m working out of professional courtesy, but last summer there were a couple of scorchers that I had to work through where it truly felt like the only way to cool down. I’d been fitting some fences for a client on this particular day and assuming they’d popped out for a spell, I took the opportunity to pop my shirt off.”

Half-way through the job, Gerald was stopped by his client who had come out to offer him a drink but had been stopped in her tracks by the formations of abnormally shaped moles on his back.

“She asked me if they’d always been like that and I had to ask her what she was talking about. Don’t get me wrong I give my back a good scrubbing each night, but I never really get a good look at it. Soon she had me lie down on the floor so she could take photos to send to her colleagues. Within seconds she had replies confirming her initial theory, I had a huge collection of melanomas on my back and they needed.”

This kind of chance diagnosis does not happen very often, so Gerald can count himself lucky. Thankfully, he completed his treatment successfully and is now back where he belongs: in someone’s garden!

Summer Radiation Oncology Conferences

Are you in need of a refresher on your specialty?

The field of Radiation Oncology is always expanding and growing, luckily there are plenty of conferences on this summer for you to catch up with all the changes.

It can be easy to fall behind the current best practices in the industry, one of the best ways of keeping up to speed is by attending a conference. Not only do conferences give you the chance of learning about any new changes that might be helpful to your day-to-day tasks, but they’re also a great way of staying ahead of the curve. Only the very cream of the crop are hired by conference organisers to speak so you can guarantee that you’re going to get your money’s worth and also get a glimpse at what’s yet to come.

The Summer conference schedule is jam-packed this year with plenty of events that will get you the info that you need, see below for our selection:

Global Congress on Prostate Cancer 2018

Only 600 place are available for this year’s PROSCA Congress, but that doesn’t mean that you should discount it as an option. This event offers the unparalleled opportunity to get completely up to date on all things Prostate Cancer in the space of three days. Professionals of all pedigrees can benefit from in-depth lectures from top tier industry experts, participation in debates and have the opportunity of meeting other prostate management experts from around the world.

Where? Fankfurt Am Main, Germany

When? June 28-30 2018

How much? Researchers and students can apply for €250, whereas physicians must pay €850

Congress on Cancer in Women 2018

Focusing on the advances of Oncology and Radiotherapy treatments for women, this particularly niche conference offers you the chance to dive deep into a set of exclusive learning modules on topics such as gynecological cancer, hematology, melaonoma and breast cancer. Endorsed by the Mexican Society of Radiotherapy and the National Cancer Institute of Mexico, this conference will feature numerous presentations, as well as guest speakers from Europe and the United States.

Where? Hilton Mexico City, Mexico

When? July 27-28 2018

How much? See site for details

IASLC Latin America Conference on Lung Cancer 2018

Argentina hosts this year’s Latin American conference on Lung Cancer, a disease that is the leading cancer-related killer in the world. Surgeons, oncologists and radiologists alike will find their agenda of much interest as speakers from around the world, such as Luis E. Raez, Susana Vanoni and Ignacio Wistuba will be present to provide details of the progress made in their fields of expertise.

Where? Sheraton Hotel, Cordoba, Argentina

When? August 15-18 2018

How much? Early bird registrants can gain access for as little as $150 for non-IASLC members whereas students and residents can register for free.

Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting

Above all else this revered annual conference provides students, therapist, nurses and oncologists with the opportunity to get a complete understanding of specific therapies and treatments for cancer. Practical lectures are held over the course of four days with speakers including Dr. Thomas DeLaney, Dr. Laura Dawson and Dr. Luc Beaulieu who will be offering an insight into his breakthroughs in permanent seed implantation for prostate cancer.

Where? Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel, Canada

When? September 10-15 2018

How much? Full conference access for students comes at $275, whereas non-member practitioners must pay $798