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First international nasopharyngeal carcinoma conference held in Medan

Apriadi Gunawan

The Jakarta Post

Medan, North Sumatra  /  Tue, December 11, 2018  /  10:04 am
First international nasopharyngeal carcinoma conference held in Medan

The 1st International Conference of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma was held in Medan from Dec. 6 to 7, as a forum to present and share the latest innovations. (Shutterstock/Bangkoker)

The 1st International Conference of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma was held from Dec. 6 to 7 at the University of North Sumatra (USU) and the Grand Mercure Hotel Medan, North Sumatra.

The conference was hosted by USU’s Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Science Center in collaboration with the Indocafe Foundation, and attended by 1,500 participants from Indonesia, the United States, Switzerland, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, the Philippines and Hong Kong.

North Sumatra Deputy Governor Musa Rajekshah officiates the opening of 'The 1st International  Conference of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma' in Medan, North Sumatra, on Dec. 6, 2018.North Sumatra Deputy Governor Musa Rajekshah officiates the opening of 'The 1st International Conference of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma' in Medan, North Sumatra, on Dec. 6, 2018. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

"This conference is a forum to present and share the latest innovations in the study of nasopharyngeal carcinoma," said committee head Farhat.

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Farhat explained that nasopharyngeal carcinoma was a form of cancer originating from nasopharyngeal epithelial cells in the back cavity of the nose and behind the palate of the oral cavity. It is among the five most common malignant tumors in Indonesia, he added.

USU Chancellor Runtung Sitepu expressed hope that the conference would be a platform for the dissemination and exchange of scientific information.

Meanwhile, North Sumatra Deputy Governor Musa Rajekshah, who also attended the conference, said the event could result in breakthroughs in nasopharyngeal carcinoma treatment and prevention, both in Indonesia and worldwide. (iru/wng)