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International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

The International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma is an annual symposium in Los Angeles hosted by the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Pacific Mesothelioma Center. The symposium hosts experts from around the world who present information to medical professionals and patients on the latest innovations in diagnostic techniques, prevention strategies, and lung-sparing treatments for pleural mesothelioma.

The symposium is organized and moderated by Dr. Robert Cameron, thoracic surgeon, surgical oncologist, and Director of the Comprehensive Mesothelioma Program at UCLA. Dr. Cameron has over 35 years of clinical and research expertise in the treatment of pleural mesothelioma and has played a vital role in the development of lung-sparing treatments including the pleurectomy-decortication surgery and numerous adjuvant therapies.

Worthington & Caron, PC is proud to have served as lead sponsor of the symposium since its inception in 2011.

Below is a compilation of presentation videos from each year’s symposium. This is a valuable resource for patients, family members, and practitioners seeking to learn about the latest innovations for diagnosing and treating pleural mesothelioma developed by experts from around the world.


The 8th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles, California.

2018 International Lung-Sparing Symposium Highlights Reel

Novel MRI Assessment of Mesothelioma Tumor Volume; presented by Dr. Kevin G. Blyth
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXYlIs18Z2A

Perioperative lmmunotherapy; Surgery as lmmunotherapy; presented by Dr. Robert Cameron
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt8twhhRIq4

Mesothelioma Clinical Trials; Novel and Combination Systemic Therapies; presented by Dr. Olga Olevsky
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_GfUPX-GMQ

Overcoming the lmmunosuppressive Tumor Microenvironment of Murine Malignant Mesothelioma; presented by Dr. Mikihiro Kohno
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yIEaRJcB9k

Clinical Discussion Session; moderated by Dr. Robert Cameron and Dr. Olga Olevsky
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWhZKjnwFKY

Clinical Discussion Session; moderated by Dr. Diana Lin Gage and Dr. Fereidoun Abtin
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSrO7yaxIcQ

Toxicities and Outcomes using Whole Pleural Intensity - Modulated Proton Therapies; presented by Dr. Charles B Simone II
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hgGLHUbaUI

Understanding the Immune Response to Radiotherapy in a Dual Tumor Model of Mesothelioma; presented by Dr. Wesley Wilson
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JaJMsijfvU

Integrative Molecular Characterization of Mesothelioma; Cancer Genome Atlas Project; presented by Dr. Marc Ladanvi
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuF_P2nnvFk&t=172s

Mesothelioma lmmunotherapy by Controlling T Cell-Mediated Immunity; presented by Dr. Masahide Tone
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi2-UFXqncg

A Modified Measles Virus Against Mesothelioma; Oncolytic and lmmunotherapeutic Potential; presented by Dr. Nicolas Boisgerault
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0M_oWb7brg

Afternoon Research Session Discussion; moderated by Dr. Robert Cameron and Dr. Masahide Tone
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9d53QQIFyE

An Exhaled Breath Biopsy Earmarks Exclusive Screening for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; presented by Dr. Kevin Lamote
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_FGGiyKuzg


The 7th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles, California.

Highlights from the 7th International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Morning Panel Discussion 1; moderated by Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS, Olga Olevsky, MD, and Jacques Fontaine, MD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=wicaaRMfIIg

Morning Panel Discussion 2; Moderated by Luana Calabro, MD, Anna K. Nowak, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, and Haining Yang, MD, PhD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=guB0Oi9fMz4

Dr. Robert B. Cameron; Surgery for Mesothelioma; Is There A Future?
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZDsCj7yldY

Dr. Olga Olevsky; Intracavitary Therapeutics for Pleural Malignancies
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsnLPCBJPKc

Dr. Jacques Fontaine; Transarterial Chemoperfusion
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrbKQQmHUAs

Dr. Luana Calabro, Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Malignant Mesothelioma
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KHzHEim7VA

Prof. Anna Nowak; Combining Angiogenesis Inhibition with Chemotherapy-Who, How, and What’s Next?
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6MAij_PWsE

Dr. Haining Yang; Recent Findings on Mesothelioma and BAP1
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4n_LCW9Eq0

Dr. Brian Cunniff; Disabling Mitrochondrial Peroxide Metabolism as An Effective Therapeutic Approach for MPM
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=05P9v5YWm4I

David S. Schrump; Targeting the Epigenome in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pHv9SMcXYs

Dr. Arti Shukla; Inflammasome Modulation by Chemotherapeutics in Mesothelioma
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=HULp7UOhAAA

Lien Hua Feng, RN, NP; The Benefits of a Mesothelioma Caregiver Support Group
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv5RVDO_OlU

Afternoon Discussion Panel; moserated by Robert Cameron, MD, FACS, Brian Cunniff, PhD, David S. Schrump, MD, MBA, FACS, and Arti Shukla, PhD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeJW1_vaO5o

Dr. Robert Cameron; Engineering Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Immunotherapy of Mesothelioma
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B-_nYpOnbo


The 6th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center in Los Angeles, California.

Highlights from the 6th International Symposium on Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Options for Intraoperative Adjuvant Therapies; presented by Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpCFOhHJhb8&t=32s

Update from Recent Mesothelioma Clinical Trials; presented by Olga Olevsky, MD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9gmek7N56U&t=14s

Cryoablation in Management of Recurrent Mesothelioma; presented by Fereidoun Abtin, MD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=UziF1CRCOWw&t=15s

The Role of Immunotherapy in Advanced Pleural Mesothelioma; presented by Thierry M. Jahan, MD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xmf9LMY4XI&t=10s

Genetic Immunotherapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; presented by Daniel H. Sterman, MD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-VEjhhWSSM&t=15s

Targeting Dendritic Cells in Vivo for Tumor Immunotherapy; presented by Edgar G. Engleman, MD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox9QzeAnbxQ&t=39s

HOX Genes as Targets and Markers in Mesothelioma; presented by Richard Morgan, PhD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwlwuTA_PYk&t=13s

Adoptive Immunotherapy Utilizing Chimeric Antigen Receptor; presented by Edmund K. Moon, MD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K259FvhGTY&t=12s

Harnessing the Full Potential of Immunotherapy; presented by Raymond Wong, PhD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVs8bfJVA_8&t=15s

Mesothelioma Prevention and Early Detection; Are We There Yet?; presented by Haining Yang, MD, PhD
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-Dkgf59UV4&t=22s

East-West Medicine Approaches to Cancer Therapy; presented by Ka-Kit Hui, MD, FACP
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOIrejgbZUQ&t=14s

The Benefits of Nurse Navigators in Mesothelioma; presented by Lien Hua-Feng, RN, NP and Graciela Hoal, RN, NP
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJCbwLSMTiY&t=87s

Tissue-Banking Resources for Researchers; presented by Clare Cameron
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0_YtWvc7LQ&t=12s1


The 5th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the La Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

Highlights from the 5th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Tumor Vaccines
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk_4aMycDR8

Postoperative Tomotherapy; Tissue Targeting and Toxicity; presented by Dr. Peter Chen
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuOD8JHObSM

Postoperative Tomotherapy; Tissue Targeting and Toxicity; presented by Dr. Percy Lee
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeSuV6cIuKo&t=20s

Tumor Vaccines; presented by Dr. Robert Cameron
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKHU0aTOvz4

Systemic Therapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; presented by Dr. Olga Olevsk
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUgorBZTVKo

Combination Oncolytic Virotherapy and Surgical Debulking for Peritoneal Mesothelioma; presented by Dr. J. Andrea McCart
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuzW9CcCRZs

“Extending” Lung-Sparing Surgery to Include the Diaphragm and Pericardium; The Pros and Cons; presented by Dr. Robert Cameron
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXfk0vfo_EI

Transition From EPP to P/D, One Surgeon’s Experience; presented by Dr. Walter Weder
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOGlFxQN1Ug

Strategies to Enhance Immune-Based Therapies for Mesothelioma; presented by Dr. Raymond Wong
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcJiQGbXips

Mesothelioma and the Internet; Big Business, Confusion, and Desperation; presented by Lien Hua-Feng, RN
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqq6naZhWQU

The Spectrum of Radiation; What “Flavor” to Choose? presented by Dr. Shilpen Patel
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_5PRT9tbRI

Mesothelioma and the Hollywood Film Industry; presented by Clare Cameron
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFTFhig_RSA

Mia Lauter; My Mesothelioma Journey
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bPwDLbFJjw


The 4th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the La Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

Highlights from the 4th Annual International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Joachim G. Aerts, MD, PhD - Dendritic Cell Based Immunotherapy in Mesothelioma
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfqSTPsWty0

Percy Lee, MD - Postoperative Tomotherapy following Lung-Sparing Surgery for Mesothelioma
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GZcVow8BX4

Richard Lemen PhD, MSPH - The Asbestos Problem; A Persistent Global Public Health Issue
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEO8dQa64II

Graciela Hoal, RN, NP - Mesothelioma Among Veterans; The Benefits and Challenges.
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vzpL5_Bamc

Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS - "Diffuse" Pleural Mesothelioma; Implications for Surgical Technique
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxHR-_1w1T8

Olga Olevsky, MD - Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; What is Optimal Timing?
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zqm_R83FA4

Raymond Wong, PhD - Targeting the Mesothelioma Stroma with Mesenchymal Stem Cells
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=xV8dKjq4lB8&t=3s

Irene I-Lan Wu, MD - The Role of Adjuvant Pain Therapy, such as Intrathecal Drug Delivery
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NFFVGbMfPg

Irina Ianculescu, PhD - The Role of Genes and Molecular Mechanisms in Mesothelioma
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRpMlAT5unc

Jan P. Van MeerBeeck, MD, PhD - Mesothelioma Treatment; Are We On Target?
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb9bnV5QMDs

Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS - Intraoperative Adjuvent Therapies; Betadine, Chemotherapy, and Others
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=NckBmh07s80

Clare Cameron - Role of Non-Profit Organizations in the Fight Against Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyj9_fn1z6Y


The 3rd International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS- Palliative Therapy and Mesothelioma; When is it NOT Palliation?

Robert B. Cameron, MD, FACS- Thermal Therapy for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma; Hot or Cold?
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=21W6z5ieEuA

Raymond Wong, PhD; Mesothelioma Spheroids
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-4fzdOp-6M

Robert Cameron, MD, FACS; Treatment of Mesothelioma as a Sarcoma
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUejOWJIqXM

Olga Olevsky, MD; New Results in Systemic Treatment of Mesotheliom
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMRTLUppznk

Marko N Kostic, PhD; Cryosprayer for Mesothelioma Treatment
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRCCcOOx4S4

Q&A on Lung-Sparing Adjuvant Therapies with Drs. Olevsky, Hassan, Trovo and Cameron
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fh_Ohf20yA

Q&A on Potential Future Adjuvant Therapies with Drs. Cameron, Becich, Wong and Kostic
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzR5aUmOUoE&t=547s

Savannah Cline, RN, BSN; Mesothelioma Information on the Internet
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBRjibnwUjA

Clare Cameron, Executive Director; Unique Opportunities Offered by Non-Profit Research Organization
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=6b-HqvO6aj4

Michael J. Becich, MD, PhD; Creating Biospecimen Banks for Mesothelioma Research
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IKVLuG-q3E

Lawrence Belfer, Mesothelioma Survivor; Navigating Healthcare System
https;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6E9KD9gcj8


The 2nd International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

Highlights from the 2nd International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma


The 1st International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma was held on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica, California.

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