The International Scientific Committee and the local organizers had the pleasure to welcome 3200 delegates to another (13th) outstanding «St. Gallen-Breast Cancer Conference» in Eastern Switzerland. Experts of virtually all major cooperative groups and centers world-wide actively engaged in basic and clinical research as well as in clinical management of breast cancer presented their latest data, critically reviewed by leading specialists in the field. The conference closed as usual with an update of the widely acknowledged St. Gallen consensus on the optimal treatment of early breast cancer for the next two years. It is published in the September issue of Annals of Oncology.