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    4th annual Nordic Peritoneal Oncology Group Meeting

    EuroPMP members attended the 4th annual Nordic Peritoneal Oncology group meeting on March 9th, 2022 in Helsinki, Finland On Wednesday March 9th, the Nordic Peritoneal Oncology group was again able to organise a face-to-face meeting in Helsinki. Participants from peritoneal oncology centers in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland participated, many of whom are also members of the EuroPMP COST Action, including Dr Anna Lepistö, who hosted the meeting.  The Helsinki team had put together a varied and interesting scientific program, focusing on the clinical and research activities from the past two years at the participating centers, including activities relating to PMP. Of particular interest regarding the clinical activities, EuroPMP members…

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    Solidarity with Ukraine

    The recent outbreak of war in Ukraine has left us all understandably horrified. The distressing situation that our Ukrainian colleagues, their friends and family have been placed in has rightfully occupied our minds greatly since the beginning of this crisis. Following on from the statement by the Presidents of the European Commission, EuroPMP adds their name to the long roster of countries and organisations that stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people. We recognise that this situation is difficult and that our friends and colleagues may require some extra support at this time. EuroPMP stands ready to provide support to both Ukrainian and its neighbouring countries. We ask that our…

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    Upcoming talks

    Due to the COVID-19 crisis, meetings of the EuroPMP COST Action have had to be postponed. In order to continue the work of the Action, and to help all our members get to know the work that other researchers are focusing on across Europe and around the world, EuroPMP will be offering short (~1 hour) lunchtime seminars on the Zoom platform once per month beginning in September. Links to join the meeting will be sent to members via email before the seminar date. All talks take place at 2pm on the stated date. The next talk will be on the 22nd October 2021, and will be presented by Dr Andreas…

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    Are you our new Virtual Network Support Manager?

    COST has made it possible for us to appoint a Virtual Network Support manager to help us in delivering digital content to our participants. This new voluntary role will be in charge of creating a virtual network strategy, coordinating the calls for expression of interest for the new Virtual Mobility Grants, and for creating a report of virtual networking activity undertaken by EuroPMP as an Action. The person who takes on this role will be required to: Prepare and distribute a detailed virtual networking strategy for the entire Action Support planning, preparation for and execution of collaborative activities including online and/or blended meetings Support the selection of hosts for virtual…

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    The Effects of COVID-19 on PMP Services Around Europe

    Around the world, the COVID-19 epidemic has been hitting our health care systems very hard. Intensive care units have been inundated with patients requiring careful, around-the-clock care. Physicians have been transferred from their normal duties to hastily set up critical care wards within their districts to try to treat the vast numbers of affected patients. Nurses have been sent out to test patients in temporary drive-up clinics, and biologists and lab workers have had their normal duties re-directed to include testing the enormous numbers of patient samples incoming daily from worried patients. We have heard much about the effects on primary care physicians and clinical specialists, but we have not…

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    PSOGI/EURACAN Clinical Practice Guidelines

    A new consensus paper undertaking a complex and thorough investigation into current clinical practice has been released by an international group including many members of EuroPMP. As pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is such a rare disease, it is difficult to find large, randomised trials on which to base treatment decisions. Therefore, using the Delphi consensus model, the Peritoneal Surface Oncology Group International (PSOGI) Executive Committe, which includes may members of EuroPMP, have examined and recommended a new and current best practice for the diagnosis and treatment of PMP. The Delphi decision model was used in conjunction with a broad literature review to come to this agreement, which will now form a…

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    COST Advisory – COVID-19 Outbreak (updated)

    Updated 22 April 2020 at 19:00 (Originally published on 2nd February 2020 at 11:23am) New Information The COST Association has now asked that all face-to-face meetings, STSMs and training schools be cancelled until at least the 30th of April. The use of videoconferencing and other means of communication are recommended. The COST notice may be viewed here.   Previous Information The COST Association has released an advisory note about international travel in the context of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. COST has examined the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and national governmental bodies, and has determined that, for the present, international travel does not need to be limited…

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    Twenty-Three Countries Now Acting on PMP

    Since the beginning of the EuroPMP COST Action about 1.5 years ago, the Action has included researchers from many countries, not just in Europe, but around the world. The number of countries now taking part in the action has doubled in the past year alone, and now includes partners from over 23 countries including  Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, North Macedonia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Montenegro, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The EuroPMP COST Action aims to increase cooperation between researchers across Europe and around the world to improve research into the cause, detection and treatment of Pseudomyxoma…

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    NORD ACPMP Award for Flatmark Lab

    Prof Kjersti Flatmark’s research group in Oslo have been awarded a NORD ACPMP Research Grant (ID: 19010) to look into the identification of biomarkers in the blood stream of patients. The title of the study is “ctDNA for monitoring patients with pseudomyxoma peritonei”. Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) is a rare abdominal cancer that exhibits specific DNA mutations. After treatment by surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy, radiological follow-up has low sensitivity and specificity for detecting disease recurrence. Mutations may be detectible in blood samples, and in this project we will establish and test a method for analyzing circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) from patients with PMP before and after surgery. If successful, this method…

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    New STSM to Oslo

    Yaroslaw Sautkin, a EuroPMP member from Germany, has completed a Short-Term Scientific Mission to Professor Kjersti Flatmark’s Translational Cancer Therapy lab at Oslo University Hospital’s Institute for Cancer Research. While on his STSM, Yaroslaw learned more about the use of experimental animal models for pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) in order to further the work that his own institution, the University of Tübingen, is undertaking into the use of PIPAC with mucolytic substances. Yaroslaw’s visit allowed members of both teams to meet and share knowledge, leading to stronger synergies between their researchers. Both groups are now looking forward to working on research projects together in the future. STSMs are offered several times…