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Current Concepts in Head and Neck Cancer 2024

Celebrating the past by looking to the future

The 3rd edition of the “Current Concepts on Head and Neck Cancer” meeting, taking place on April 11th -13th, 2024, is part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Portuguese Institute of Oncology at Porto. In honor of the institutional mission of promoting the constant updating of knowledge, teaching and research, “Celebrating the past by looking to the future” is the purpose, for which we have a panel of experts in the area of Head and Neck Cancer from MD Anderson Cancer Center, reviving what was once a tradition at IPO Porto. Renata Ferrarotto, Jack Phan, Ehab Hanna and Rene Largo join Jatin Shah, who once again chairs the meeting. MD Anderson and MSKCC in Portugal to promote the sharing of experience in the treatment of Head and Neck Cancer, namely Cancer of the Oral Cavity, Oropharynx, Thyroid, Salivary Glands and Skin. It is in this multidisciplinary environment that we welcome you, including all those who dedicate themselves to patients with Head and Neck Cancer.

The Organizing Committee

A 3ª edição da reunião “Current Concepts on Head and Neck Cancer”, a decorrer nos dias 11 a 13 de Abril de 2024, integra as comemorações dos 50 anos do Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto. Em homenagem à missão institucional de promover a actualização constante de conhecimentos, o ensino e a investigação, “Celebrating the past by looking to the future “ é o propósito, para o qual contamos com um painel de experts na área de Cancro da Cabeça e Pescoço do MD Anderson Cancer Center, revivendo aquilo que já foi uma tradição no IPO Porto. Renata Ferrarotto, Jack Phan, Ehab Hanna e Rene Largo juntam-se a Jatin Shah, que mais uma vez preside a reunião. MD Anderson e MSKCC em Portugal para promover a partilha de experiência no tratamento do Cancro da Cabeça e Pescoço, nomeadamente Cancro da Cavidade Oral, Orofaringe, Tiroide, Glândulas Salivares e Pele. É neste ambiente multidisciplinar que vos recebemos, contando com todos aqueles que se dedicam aos doentes com Cancro da Cabeça e Pescoço.

A Comissão Organizadora

Physician11th & 12th April



  • Access to Lectures
  •  Documentation Folder
  • Lunch
  • Coffee Break
  • Certificate of Attendance


Resident11th & 12th April



  • Access to Lectures
  •  Documentation Folder
  • Lunch
  • Coffee Break
  • Certificate of Attendance


Industry Non Sponsor11th & 12th April



  • Access to Lectures
  •  Documentation Folder
  • Lunch
  • Coffee Break
  • Certificate of Attendance

*Registration Deadline: 5th April 2024

13th April - Meet the Professor
National Clinical Cases Presentation and Discussion
Tour on the Douro River to Pinhão
 National Clinical Cases
Lunch on Board
Bus Return Trip To Porto
On Saturday, we promote the discussion of clinical cases, in an informal environment during a tour on the Douro River to Pinhão. During the morning, national guests will present clinical cases, covering the various areas of head and neck pathology, so that we can comment on them together with our panel of experts from MD Anderson and MSKCC. After lunch, we will have the opportunity to talk more freely with our international guests, share experiences and enjoy the scenery.

*Meeting on Saturday have conditions to be defined, depending on the number of participants.

Scientific Program

Thursday, April 11th
08.30 Opening Ceremony
50 Years of Head and Neck Cancer Treatment | Jatin Shah
Chairs: Júlio Oliveira; Ana Espírito Santo; Jorge Guimarães: Sérgio Chacim
09.30 Career Journeys to Expertise and Research at MD Anderson and MSKCC
Chairs: Cláudia Araújo; Cláudia Vieira
10.30 Coffee Break
11.00 Oral Cavity
Chairs: Cristina Sanches; André Soares; Leonor Ribeiro
The Future of Oral Cancer Staging | Jatin Shah
Surgery After Induction Chemotherapy – MD Anderson Experience | Ehab Hanna
Role of Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy in Curative-Intent | Renata Ferrarotto
Locoregional Failure Following Post-Operative IMRT | Jack Phan
12.00 Lecture
Advances in Oral Cancer Reconstruction | Rene Largo
Chairs: Rui Barbosa; Ricardo Horta
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Salivary Glands
Chairs: Isabel Reis; Miguel Choupina; Pedro Gomes
Surgical Management | Jatin Shah
Parapharyngeal Tumors | Ehab Hanna
Current Concepts in Maxillary Reconstruction | Rene Largo
Proton Therapy for Major Salivary Gland Cancer: Clinical Outcomes | Jack Phan
15.00 Lecture
Salivary Gland Tumors: Molecular Characterization and Therapeutic Advances for Metastatic Disease | Renata Ferrarotto
Chairs: Isabel Fonseca; José Dinis
16.00 Coffee Break
16.30 Lecture
Chairs: João Gagean; João Fernandes
Modern Conformal Radiotherapy Improving (Functional) Organ Preservation | Jack Phan
Friday, April 12th
09.00 Skull Base
Chairs: Eduardo Netto; António Verdelho; Castro Silva
Open Surgery: When and How | Jatin Shah
SBRT for Skull Base Tumors | Jack Phan
09.40 Lecture
Skull Base Tumors: From Genomic to Therapeutic Strategies Advances | Ehab Hanna
10.30 Coffee Break
11.00 Recurrent and Metastatic Head and Neck Cancer
Chairs: Carlos Pinho; Guy Vieira; Margarida Teixeira; Miguel Magalhães
Immunotherapy and Beyond | Renata Ferrarotto
Role of Salvage Surgery | Ehab Hanna
Reconstruction in the Vessel Depleted Neck | Rene Largo
12.00 Lecture
Reirradiation Using Modern Highly Conformal Technique | Jack Phan
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Thyroid
Chairs: Inês Lucena; João Capela; Rui Barbosa
Current Practices and Controversies in the Management of Differentiated Thyroid Cancers | Jatin Shah
Tracheal Reconstruction | Rene Largo
15.30 Skin
Chairs: Matilde Ribeiro; Paula Ferreira
Treatment of the Neck in Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer | Ehab Hanna
Immunotherapy for Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer | Renata Ferrarotto
16.30 Late Bite
Saturday, April 13th
08.00 Boarding at Cais da Estiva (Porto)
09.00 Breakfast on Board
09.15 Clinical Cases
Meet the Professor
Chairs: Jatin Shah; Ehab Hanna; Renata Ferrarotto; Rene Largo; Jack Phan
Oral Cavity | José Carlos Pereira

Thyroid | Susana Graça

Occult Primary | Lúcia Águas

Recurrent Metastatic | Leonor Pinto

Salivary Glands | Rita Félix

Reconstruction | Diogo Barreiro

Selected Case
13.45 Lunch on Board
17.45 Arrival to Pinhão
18.00 Bus Trip to Porto
20.00 Arrival to Porto (Avenida dos Aliados)

On Saturday, we promote the discussion of clinical cases, in an informal environment during a tour on the Douro River to Pinhão. During the morning, national guests will present clinical cases, covering the various areas of head and neck pathology, so that we can comment on them together with our panel of experts from MD Anderson and MSKCC. After lunch, we will have the opportunity to talk more freely with our international guests, share experiences and enjoy the scenery

Jatin P. Shah
Head and Neck Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Ehab Hanna
Head and Neck Surgery
MD Anderson

Renata Ferrarotto
Medical Oncology
MD Anderson

Rene Largo
Plastic Surgery
MD Anderson

Jack Phan
Radiation Oncology
MD Anderson

Clinical Cases Submission

The organizing committee of the 3rd Edition of the Current Concepts in Head and Neck Cancer challenges all national teams to submit a clinical case for discussion with our international experts in the session Meet the Professor. All cases of malignant pathology of the head and neck area including skin, thyroid and salivary glands will be considered. The case summary must be submitted electronically for the email, using the template available at the bottom of this page until March 23, 2024, at 24 hours. The text of the abstract, which must be in English, should not exceed 3000 characters, and should mention the relevance of the case. At least, one of the authors of the paper must be registered at the meeting and will be informed of the result of the selection by March 27.

The organizing committee will select the most pertinent one(s) for presentation on Saturday, April 13th, along with those already foreseen in the program, offering the first author the possibility to present his case and team to our panel of international guests, as well as the possibility of participating, free of charge, in the session Meet the professor. The rules for presentation will follow later.

All submissions will be recognized as “Clinical Case Submission” at the meeting and the winner(s) as “Oral Communication”.

A comissão organizadora da 3º edição da reunião Current Concepts in Head and Neck Cancer desafia todas as equipas nacionais a submeterem um caso clínico para discussão com os nossos experts internacionais no “Meet the Professor”. Serão considerados todos os casos de patologia maligna da área de cabeça e pescoço incluindo pele, tiróide e glândulas salivares. O resumo do caso deve ser submetido por via electrónica para o email, utilizando o template disponível no final desta página, até dia 23 de março de 2024, às 24 horas. O texto do resumo, obrigatoriamente em inglês, não deverá ultrapassar os 3000 caracteres, devendo referir a pertinência do caso. Pelo menos 1 dos autores do trabalho deverá estar inscrito na reunião e será informado do resultado da seleção até dia 27 de março.

A comissão organizadora seleccionará o(s) que considerar mais pertinentes para apresentação no sábado, dia 13 de abril, juntamente com os já previstos no programa, oferecendo ao primeiro autor a possibilidade de apresentar o seu caso e equipa ao nosso painel de convidados internacionais, assim como a possibilidade de participar, gratuitamente, no “Meet the Professor”. As normas para apresentação seguirão posteriormente.

Todas as submissões serão reconhecidas como “Submissão de Caso Clínico” na reunião e o(s) vencedor(es) como “Comunicação Oral”.

E-Poster Submission

In order to disclose clinical research in Portugal, on head and neck cancer, skin and thyroid cancer, the organization invites the various working groups to share clinical trials being recruited in the form of an e-poster.
The topic of the work must be in line with the theme of the meeting, and at least one of the researchers must be registered at the congress. The e-poster must be created using the template available at the bottom of this page, in a 16:9 format (1920 x 1080 pixels, vertical position).
The e-poster must be sent electronically to the email in PowerPoint and PDF format by March 23, 2024 until 24h. The notification of its acceptance will be communicated by March 27, 2024.
The selected e-posters will be displayed during the meeting on 11th and 12th of April.

De forma a divulgar a investigação clínica em Portugal em cancro de cabeça e pescoço, pele e tiróide, a organização convida os vários grupos de trabalho para partilharem os ensaios clínicos em recrutamento sob a forma de e-poster.
O tema subjacente ao mesmo deverá enquadrar na temática da reunião, devendo pelo menos um dos investigadores estar inscrito no congresso.
O e-poster deverá ser executado através da utilização do template disponível no fundo desta página, numa proporção de 16:9 (1920 x 1080 pixels, posição vertical).
O e-poster deverá ser submetido via electrónica para o e-mail em formato PowerPoint e PDF até dia 23 Março de 2024 às 24h, sendo efectuada a comunicação da sua aceitação até ao dia 27 Março 2024.
Os e-posters selecionados, estarão expostos durante os dias 11 e 12 de abril na reunião.



Scientific Sponsors



IPO Porto

Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto FG, EPE

O IPO-Porto tem como missão a prestação de cuidados de saúde, em tempo útil, centrados no doente, não descurando a prevenção, a investigação, a formação e o ensino no domínio da oncologia com o objetivo de garantir elevados níveis de qualidade, humanismo e eficiência.

R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 865,
4200-072 Porto, Portugal
(+351) 225 084 000

Organizing Committee

Cláudia Araújo
Cláudia Vieira
Diana Moreira
Jorge Guimarães dos Santos
José Carlos Pereira
Marta Pina
Paula Pinto
Rita Félix
Rosa Capelo

Scientific Committee

Abreu de Sousa
Aida Cardoso
André Soares
Deolinda Pereira
Eurico Monteiro
Inês Lucena
Isabel Azevedo
Isabel Torres
José Dinis
Lúcio Lara Santos
Luís Medeiros
Luísa Carvalho
Manuel Jácome
Matilde Ribeiro
Olga Sousa
Otília Romano
Paula Alves
Paula Ferreira
Pedro Antunes
Rui Henrique
Rui Medeiros
Susana Dias
Teresa Bacelar


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