Over 75 radiologists, radiographers, physicists and scientists were captivated and inspired by breast cancer guru Professor László Tabár in the first BIR bitesize event, held at the Royal Society of Medicine last month. In his talk, “A new era in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer”, Professor Tabár, described as a “hero” by one delegate, emphasised the importance of finding the cancer as early as possible.
Professor Tabár stressed that whilst women still die of breast cancer, no one should be dying of unifocal breast cancer in the 21st century.
The history of detecting breast cancer dates back to ancient Egyptian times and he explained that really not much changed until the research of the 1970s.
He went on to demonstrate the importance of large section histology, which he believes should be compulsory, making comparisons with this approach in tackling prostate cancer and emphasised the significance of the multi-modal method of detection.
Dr Michael Michell, a consultant radiologist at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, introduced the sell-out evening with an overview of the background to breast cancer research, citing Professor Tabár’s visionary trial work as the basis for current screening policy.
His research also looked into the optimum interval between screening, demonstrating that testing in the early palpable stage resulted in fewer deaths from the disease.
Professor Tabár took a number of questions from the floor that sparked some controversial discussion, after which BIR members and non-members enjoyed drinks and canapés and a chance to network with the Professor and colleagues.
The “bite-size” event series has been developed in response to requests from members for evening events that are accessible out of office and clinic hours.
Our next event is “The curious world of radiology” on 14 July 2015. Don’t miss a fascinating evening of science, art and passion.