Welcome to the website of the 5th St.Gallen International Gastrointestinal Cancer Conference 2020

Thank you for your interest in the 5th St.Gallen International Gastrointestinal Cancer Conference, which will take place in St.Gallen, Switzerland, from 19 to 21 March 2020.

  • Please find the programme here.
  • Register for the conference here.


General coordination and information

St.Gallen Oncology Conferences (SONK)
c/o Tumor and Breast Center ZeTuP
Rorschacherstr. 150, CH-9006 St.Gallen/Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)71 243 00 32, Fax +41 (0)71 245 68 05

Meet our chairs

Scientific Programme
Conference Chairs: Florian Otto (Switzerland), Manfred Lutz (Germany)

Scientific Committee Chairs
Florian Otto (Switzerland)
Manfred Lutz (Germany)
Gunnar Folprecht (Germany)
Theo Ruers (The Netherlands)
John Zalcberg (Australia)

Scientific programme of the 5th St.Gallen International Gastrointestinal Cancer Conference 2020

Download the GICC2020 programme here: GICC_2020_Programm_210x297_200131


Thursday, 19 March 2020

13.30 – 14.00

· Welcome on behalf of SONK Florian Otto (Switzerland)
· Welcome on behalf of EORTC Manfred Lutz (Germany)

14.00 – 15.30

Session 1: Setting the Stage
Chairs: G. Folprecht (Germany), S. Stättner (Austria)

14.00 – 14.25

Oncological outcome of liver metastases resection in colorectal cancer U. Neumann (Germany)

14.25 – 14.50

New techniques in liver surgery J. Weitz (Germany)

14.50 – 15.15

Liver sparing surgery S. Evrard (France)

15.15 – 15.30


15.30 – 16.00

Coffee + Posters I

16.00 – 17.30

Session 2/3: Predicting Prognosis in Oligometastatic Colorectal Cancer

Chairs: S.Turhal (Turkey), P. Laurent-Puig (France)

16.00 – 16.25

Can molecular pathology predict oligometastatic behavior? D. Aust (Germany)

16.25 – 16.50

Immunologic parameters for therapeutic stratification N. Halama (Germany)

16.50 – 17.15

Clinical prediction of oligometastatic behaviour N. Rahbari (Germany)

17.15 – 17.30




Friday, 20 March 2020

08.30 – 10.00

Session 4: Local Ablation

Chairs: T. Ruers (The Netherlands), D. Wagner (Germany)

08.30 – 08.55

Thermal ablation and CT-guided brachytherapy, transcutaneous or open: Advantages, pitfalls and quality control J. Ricke (Germany)

08.55 – 09.20

Selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT): Should we explore this method any further? H. Wasan (UK)

09.20 – 09.45

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for liver metastases: Why are there only small phase II trials C. Petersen (Germany)

09.45 – 10.00


10.00 – 10.30

Coffee + Posters II

10.30 – 11.30

Session 5: Optimising Access to All Treatment Options

Chairs: M. Moehler (Germany), J. Zalcberg (Australia)

10.30 – 10.50

Differences in the evaluation of resectability D. Modest (Germany)

10.50 – 11.05

The Finnish experience P. Österlund (Finland)

11.05 – 11.20

The Norwegian experience Å. Fretland (Norway)

11.20 – 11.30


11.30 – 12.00

Keynote lecture

Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) to predict probability and outcome of liver metastases
P. Laurent-Puig (France)

12.30 – 14.00

Lunch, Posters III

14.00 – 15.30

Session 6: A View on Current Trials

Chairs: M. Ducreux (France), R. Salazar (Spain)

14.00 – 14.25

Improving prognosis or how to calculate the bias G. Folprecht (Germany)

14.25 – 14.50

Thermal and non-thermal ablation for metastatic colorectal cancer (RFA, MWA and IRE) – the DCCG COLLISION, COLLISION-XL, ORCHESTRA and COLDFIRE-2 trials

M.R. Meijerink (The Netherlands)

14.50 – 15.15

New concepts: local ablation for abscopal effects T. Ruers (The Netherlands)

15.20 – 15.30


15.30 – 16.00

Coffee + Posters III

16.00 – 18.00

Session 7: Optimising curative potential of local therapy in oligometastatic CRC

Chairs: E. Smyth (U.K.), J. Weitz (Germany)

16.00 – 16.25

Liver damage due to chemotherapy: myth or reality? (S. Stättner, Austria)

16.25 – 16.50

Shrinking metastases – replacement of tumour by normal tissue? M. Seidensticker (Germany)

16.50 – 17.15

(Neo) adjuvant therapy for resectable metastases in oligometastatic CRC M. Ducreux (France)

17.15 – 17.30




Saturday, 21 March 2020

08.00 – 09.00

Session 8: Conversion therapy

Chairs: S. Evrard (France), E. van Cutsem (Belgium)
Conversion therapy: the more the better with systemic therapy – and including intra-arterial therapy?

08.00 – 08.25

Pro F.A. Lévi (France)

08.25 – 08.50

Contra C. H. Koehne (Germany)

08.50 – 09.00


09.00 – 09.30

Keynote Lecture
Surgery in the future and future in surgery T. Ruers (The Netherlands)

09.30 – 10.00


10.00 – 12.00

Session 9: Panel Discussion and Voting

Evidence and limits of resection and ablation of colorectal metastases






(subject to changes)


Thank you for your interest! Please register


registration fees



Regular Participants Students/Residents
Until 15 December 2019 CHF 675.- CHF 375.-
16 December 2019 – 1 February 2020 CHF 975.- CHF 675.-
From 2 February 2020 and onsite CHF 1075.- CHF 975.-


(CHF = Swiss Francs)


registration fee includes:

  • Admission to the poster exhibition
  • Admission to the scientific sessions
  • Admission to the commercial exhibition
  • Final programme and abstract book
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Delegate’s badge
  • Coffee breaks (all days)
  • Lunch on Friday


cancellation and modifciation conditions

Cancellation and modification conditions: All cancellations must be sent to St. Gallen Oncology Conferences in writing (fax, letter or e-mail). For cancellations received before 31 January 2020, an administrative fee of CHF 50.00 will be charged. As of 1 February 2020, no refund will be credited.


Olma Messen is situated in the city of St.Gallen, the historic, cultural and educational center of Eastern Switzerland. St.Gallen is easily accessible:


Größere Kartenansicht


by plane

Zurich International Airport is connected with direct intercity trains to and from St.Gallen every 30 min. (one hour train-ride, for detailed time tables please visit www.sbb.ch.

Please note that further airports nearby are situated in Stuttgart and Munich.


by car

Swiss federal highway system (Autobahn A1) 1 hour from/to Zurich (Airport)-area; 2 hours from/to Basel, Bern and Lucerne. For conference site take highway exit «St.Gallen-Kreuzbleiche». Follow the signs for „Olma Messen“. Ca. 5 minutes by car after leaving the motorway.
Car parking: Olma Messen has got car parking facilities (Sonnenstrasse 39), which can be used by the conference participants. The parking area is directly below the congress center.
Tickets for the parking can be obtained at the St.Gallen Oncology Conferences desk (CHF 12.00/day)


by train

St.Gallens‘ mainstation is well connected: Intercity trains from/to Zurich main station are available every 30 min (65 min. train-ride via Zurich Airport); eurocity trains every 2 hours from/to Munich/Germany (3 hour train-ride) and connections serving Stuttgart-St.Gallen every 2 hours with a 3,5 hour train ride. For detailed train schedules please visit www.sbb.ch. This website of the Swiss Federal Railway provides also information re international connections.
The conference venue is situated about 1300m from the main station. Buses are leaving every 8 minutes to Olma Messen. The ride takes 7-8 minutes. Taxis are always waiting in front of the station (taxi ride of five minutes or 15 min. walk).


by bus

You reach the OLMA Messen by bus with bus line no. 3, 4, 6 and 200 from St. Gallen main station. The timetable to/from „St. Gallen, OLMA Messen“ can be found here: www.sbb.ch.


There are several hotels in all categories in St.Gallen for participants of the GICC 2020. Please visit the website of St.Gallen Bodensee Tourism for availabilities.

For group reservations, please contact Mrs. Anja Sachse, phone +41 (0)71 227 37 16,
email Anja.Sachse@st.gallen-bodensee.ch.

Deadline extension for abstract submission

Thank you for the submitted abstracts which we have received. We appreciate the work involved producing these.

Accepted abstracts are supposed to be shown at the conference as a poster.


Obligations for abstract authors / submitters

  • The abstract has to be presented at the conference venue as a poster.
  • The presenting author of the abstract has to be registered until 15 January 2020 (notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent early January 2020). If the presenting author has not been registered until 15 January 2020, the abstract will be withdrawn and accordingly the abstract will not be published.
  • The copyright of the abstract is released with the submission to St. Gallen Oncology Conferences. The authors allow the publication of the abstract in the chosen scientific journal of Elsevier, as well as online on the St. Gallen Oncology Conferences website.



Sponsors and partners of the 5th St.Gallen International Gastrointestinal Cancer Conference

We thank our partners and sponsors who support the 5th St.Gallen International Gastrointestinal Cancer Conference. Companies with interest in sponsoring the next GICC in 2022, are kindly requested to send an email with their contact details to info@oncoconferences.ch.

contact address

St.Gallen Oncology Conferences (SONK)
c/o Tumor- and Breast Center ZeTuP
Rorschacherstr. 150, 9006 St.Gallen, Switzerland
phone +41 (1)71 243 00 32