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09 May

Image-guided treatment of pancreaticobiliary tumours

by Benedetta Biffi


Cancers of the pancreas and bile ducts remain a major challenge, with most patients diagnosed at an advanced stage when the overall 5 year survival rate is around 5%. However, the increasing use of abdominal MR and CT as diagnostic tools and biomarker and endoscopic ultrasound-based screening programmes has increased the detection of small malignant and pre-malignant pancreatic lesions. In this seminar I will review emerging techniques such as intraductal endoscopy, confocal endomicroscopy and computer-assisted 3D instrument navigation technology to guide tumour localisation and minimally invasive tumour ablation.

Speaker bio:

Prof Stephen Pereira is a consultant gastroenterologist with special interests in diseases of the pancreas and biliary tree, ERCP and endoscopic ultrasound. He is a consultant at University College Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, and was appointed Professor of Hepatology & Gastroenterology at UCL in 2015. The research interests of his group centre on the pathogenesis, early diagnosis and novel treatments for biliary tract and pancreatic cancer, as well as benign pancreaticobiliary diseases, and the activity of the research group is linked closely with the clinical service at both sites. He currently leads a number of multicentre clinical endoscopy trials and translational research studies, including EUS-guided needle based confocal endomicroscopy and ablation of pancreatic cystic and solid tumours, as well as an early pancreatic cancer biomarker discovery pipeline.

Date and Time: Tue 9 May 2017, 18.00 – 19.00

Location: Roberts G08, Sir David Davies LT, University College London

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