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Predictive Modeling in Prostate Cancer

Not eligible for ESCO credits

17.04.2008  -  19.04.2008

Venice, Italy


Prostate cancer


Over the past 10 years the development of sophisticated mathematical predicting models of
tumour variables and of response to antineoplastic therapies has received a great deal of
attention from the Uro-Oncologic Community.

In particular, predictive modeling in prostate cancer has recently been object of an increasing
interest, especially considering the growing knowledge of epidemiologic, biomolecular, pathologic
and clinical characteristics of prostate cancer.

From the first probability formula to estimating the risk of positive lymph-node metastases
developed at Stanford University in 1988 to the prediction of T and N pathologic stages for
surgery in 1993 (risk of extracapsular disease, seminal vesicle invasion, lymph-node invasion),
more than 60 previsional models have been developed.

Topics during this conference are predictive models in prostate cancer refering to:
- genomic and biomolecular sciences
- histopathology and systems pathology
- diagnosis
- indolent tumour
- surgery
- radiotherapy (external irradiation and brachytherapy)
- medical oncology
- palliative care
- toxicity in surgery
- toxicity in radiotherapy
- andrology
- long term survival

These models, originally based on statistical systems, are evolving towards extremely
sophisticated tools derived from engineering, astrophysics and meteorology and to the use of
neural networks and genetic algorithms, Bayesian previsions and propensity scoring, although in
the current state of the art nomograms appear to be more user friendly and show a higher
predictive accuracy and better performance characteristics when compared to other tools.
This innovative meeting, the first international event on this topic, is aimed at defining the state of
the art of predictive modeling and determining the future research trends of the Uro-Oncologic

Medical Doctors specialized in Urology, Radiation Oncology, Clinical Oncology, Histopathology, and
Palliative Care. Medical Physicists.


Recommended by: EUROPA UOMO

General information

Rita De Martini
European School of Oncology
Via del Bollo, 4
20123 Milan - Italy
Tel: +39 02 8546 4527
Fax: +39 02 8546 4545
Email: rdemartini@esoncology.org

Hotel The Westin Excelsior
Lungomare Marconi, 41
30126 Lido di Venezia - Venice


From Marco Polo International Airport
• By water taxi.
• By public transport: The boat company Alilaguna runs a regular service from the airport boat pier (700m away) to Lido SM Elisabetta. Travel time is approx. 90 minutes. Tickets (cash only) from the Alilaguna desk in the airport arrivals hall.

From Santa Lucia Train Station or Piazzale Roma
• By water taxi: available from the waterfront outside the railway station and Piazzale Roma. Cash only.
• By public transport: waterbuses (vaporettos), n°61/n°51 are available regularly from the waterfront outside the railway station to vaporetto stop Lido SM Elisabetta. The Westin Excelsior Resort, Venice Lido is short taxi ride or bus (line V) from the vaporetto stop.

From Highways A4 (Milan-West/Trieste-East), A1 (Bologna-South), A27 (Cortina-North)
• Exit the highways at Venezia and follow the state road signs to Venezia. Cross the Liberty Bridge (approximately 4 km long), turn right at the traffic lights, proceed down the ramp and turn right at the roundabout. Proceed straight on past the Tronchetto Island parking facilities to the Lido Car Ferry Service Dock. Upon arrival with the car ferry at Lido, turn right into Riviera S. Nicolò and follow it into Riviera S.M. Elisabetta and P.zle S.M. Elisabetta. Turn left into Gran Viale and run its full length. Turn right into Lungomare Marconi and proceed to The Westin Excelsior Resort, Venice Lido at n°41.

From San Marco (Venice)
• By water taxi
• By public transport: waterbuses n° 51 connect the San Marco / San Zaccaria pier to the Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta stop every 20 minutes. The double-deck waterbuse line LN connects the San Marco / Pietà pier to the Lido Santa Maria Elisabetta stop every 30 minutes. The westin Excelsior is short taxi ride or bus (line V) from the vaporetto stop or see the Shuttle Bus timetable here following.

From the vaporetto stop Lido (S.M. Elisabetta)
• Organising Secretariat Shuttle Bus:

17 April 2008

from Lido (S.M. Elisabetta) to Lido (Hotel Excelsior)

7:50 - 8:00 - 8:10 - 8:20 - 8:30 - 8:40

from Lido (Hotel Excelsior) to Lido (S.M. Elisabetta)

17:00 - 17:20 - 17:40 

18 April 2008

from Lido (S.M. Elisabetta) to Lido (Hotel Excelsior)

8:30 - 8:45 - 9:00

from Lido (Hotel Excelsior) to Lido (S.M. Elisabetta)

16:45 - 17:00 - 17:15 - 17:30

19 April 2008

from Lido (S.M. Elisabetta) to Lido (Hotel Excelsior)

8:30 - 8:45 - 9:00

from Lido (Hotel Excelsior) to Lido (S.M. Elisabetta)

12:10 - 12:25 - 12:40

• The Westin Excelsior is short taxi ride or bus (line V) from the vaporetto stop.  

All participants will be issued with an ESO certificate of attendance at the end of the conference. We have applied to the Italian Ministry of Health for ECM credits. 

The official language of the conference will be English. Simultaneous translation from English to Italian will be provided.

The badge is the only official evidence of registration and should be worn at all times during the conference. Loss of badge means loss of registration.

The organisers bear no responsibility for untoward events in connection with, before, during and after the conference. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal and travel insurance coverage.