Well this was the first Asia Pacific Gastric Cancer Conference and true to its nature the leaders of gastric cancers were there to make it a success. The conference was over 2 days and was followed by a hands-on workshop.
NUS (National University of Singapore) was as majestic as usual still emanating its never fading glory. The university has managed to grow and modernize while keeping its heritage. Unlike our beloved University Malaya, I found myself in the midst of great and there on NUS walls was the name of our UM medical faculty founding father, Tan Sri Professor T J Danaraj. I felt so upset as my own university, UM failed to place his name anywhere in the faculty and the graduates from UM most of them do not know the UM greats. Another name came to mind Prof Bosco, another great in the field of bood related cancers in UM have no name in UM but has a hall in IMU named after him. Such is the government and institution who fail to recognise the deeds of their leaders and greats - who will lose - the government, the institution and the future students.
The conference touched on the basics and went deep into genetics which continued to treatment options and advances. The great surgeon from Japan Mr T.Sano demonstrated his skills and another great surgeon from Korea demonstrated his laparoscopic technique in gastric cancer resection which had most of us including Mr Sano at the height of tachycardia. These surgeon from Korea claims to do at least 9 gastric cancer resections a week and Korea has the highest number of gastric cancer.
The workshop I attended was with Mr T Sano, where we were happily dissecting cadavers imported from Australia. This was in attempt to get accustomed to the D2 gastrectomy, the Japanese art which claimed excellent survival benefits.