COSA's 45th Annual Scientific Meeting, 13 - 15 November 2018 Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre


Thank you to all of those who attended COSA 2018, we hope you enjoyed the program and your time in Perth! 

We're pleased to announce the 2019 ASM will take place in Adelaide, at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 12th - 14th November 2019. For all details please head to

COSA’s 45th ASM will focus on gastro-intestinal (GI) cancer and mesothelioma with sub-themes of technology and genomics. The program will capture the extensive research being undertaken across these cancers, and the diversity of new treatments being trialled and implemented.

GI cancer collectively is the most common form of cancer. More than 24,000 Australians are diagnosed with it each year and 33 die from it each day. Colorectal cancer remains common. Major improvements in early diagnosis and management have improved five year survival to 69%. The outlook for some other GI cancers remains poor. For example outcomes for pancreatic cancer have not improved despite widespread research, with a five year survival rate of only 8%.

Australia has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, with 732 Australians diagnosed in 2014. Most people diagnosed with mesothelioma will die as a result of their illness. While mesothelioma is rare in other countries, its frequency in Australia is a legacy of our history of mining and using asbestos. Many talented local WA clinicians are contributing to understanding and treating this deadly disease.

As always, we intend deliver you a scientific program that is as diverse as the COSA multidisciplinary membership. We hope that many of you will submit abstracts to the program to showcase your research work!

I look forward to welcoming you to Perth.

Tim Clay
2018 COSA ASM Convenor
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