Brisbane is set to host 2,000 of the world’s leading cancer experts in a first time event for Australia, described as the ‘Olympics’ for head and neck cancer. The World Congress of the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies (IFHNOS) will take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in 2026, with the aim of raising the global benchmark for the care and treatment of patients with head and neck cancer.
The Australian and New Zealand Head and Neck Cancer Society (ANZHNCS) supported by Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and Brisbane Marketing delivered the bid for the much sought after conference for Australia, highlighting the city’s strengths in the development of immunotherapy and vaccines.
BCEC Advocate Professor Sandro Porceddu, Director, Radiation Oncology Research, at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital, said the Congress is expected to attract some of the world’s most eminent surgeons, oncologists, scientists, researchers and allied health workers in the field of head and neck cancer.
The Congress will deliver a major legacy to the local community with visiting world leaders expected to spend time in rural, remote and indigenous communities in northern Australia, gaining insight into issues in areas with high rates of cancer and examining the role tele-oncology might play in these communities.