A meeting of thousands of thousands of top gynaecological cancer experts, held in Liverpool, could help to improve the treatment and life expectancy of thousands of women with gynaecological cancer here on Merseyside and all over the world, said Mr Jonathan Herod, Medical Director of Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust.
The 18th meeting of the European Society of Gynaeological Oncology (ESGO) has given 2,500 delegates from more than 88 countries the opportunity to learn about new developments in the prevention, treatment and study of gynaecological cancer. It was held at the BT Convention Centre and the Echo Arena and was one of the largest medical meetings ever held in Liverpool and the UK. The event was organised by the Gynaecology Oncology teams from Liverpool Women's and Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, led by Dr John Green who is also a member of the Executive Council of the ESGO.
Mr Herod, a pioneering gynaeoncology surgeon here in the North West, took time out with a group of delegates to go to Liverpool Women's to plant a Mulberry tree to mark the holding of the meeting in Liverpool for the first time and to highlight the work being done at Liverpool Women's which is a regional centre for women with this type of cancer. The tree was planted by Dr Ranjit Manchanda, Fellow Gynaecological Oncology, University of Central London Hospital and St Barts.
A Mulberry tree was chosen in a poignant link with Liverpool Women's Mulberry Suite. This provides award winning end of life care for patients and their families. It was part funded by grateful relatives and friends in recognition of the care their loved ones had received from Trust staff, including the Macmillan Team.
Said Mr Herod: "Previous meetings have been held in cities like Berlin, Istanbul and Milan so this was a big coup for Liverpool which was chosen because it is progressing as a world leader in cancer care."
Delegates enjoyed Liverpool architecture and celebrated with a gala dinner at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.