University of Nebraska Medical Center

17th Annual Midwest Thoracic and GI Oncology Conference: Pushing the Envelope in Cancer Care

17th Annual Midwest Thoracic and GI Oncology Conference: Pushing the Envelope in Cancer Care

This conference will explore treatment options available for the management of thoracic and GI cancers. We will discuss the various surgical, radiation, and less commonly utilized local treatment options available for these tumors. We will also focus on current recommendations surrounding the use of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and immunotherapy in this patient population. We will examine primary treatment plans as well as adjuvant, neoadjuvant, and maintenance therapies. Finally, we will cover the many other issues that impact patients diagnosed with these lethal cancers including lifestyle modifications, tobacco cessation, nutrition, and survivorship.

Conference Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference the participant should be better able to:


  1. Assess the biomarkers predictive for response to immunotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer.
  2. Discuss the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of small cell lung cancer.
  3. Recognize the indications for the use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in managing thoracic oncology patients.
  4. Appraise the use of radiation therapy in oligometastatic disease in non-small cell lung cancer.
  5. Formulate the implications of immunotherapies on the surgical treatment of lung cancer.
  6. Review strategies to empower and influence tobacco users to make positive changes.


  1. Describe the factors that affect disparities and how to narrow the gap.
  2. State the advances in cancer care from multiple disciplines.
  3. Discuss the guidelines for genetic testing.
  4. Review the current clinical trials.

General Information

Registration Information

Registration Fees

  • In-Person:
    • Full conference (Oct. 27-28): $100
    • Thoracic only (Oct. 27): $75
    • GI only (Oct. 28): $75
  • Live Stream
    • Full conference (Oct. 27-28): $60
    • Thoracic only (Oct. 27): $40
    • GI only (Oct. 28): $40


Register Now

The deadline to register is Oct. 20.


Cancel/Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and sent by mail, fax, or email to the UNMC Center for Continuing Education. A refund of the registration fee, less $25 processing fee, will be given if the request is received by Oct. 20, 2022. No refund will be given after this date.

Conference Directors

Rudy P. Lackner, MD

Professor and Chief, Section of Thoracic Surgery; Vice Chief and Director or Residency Program, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, UNMC

Rudy Lackner, MD
Quan P. Ly, MD, FACS

Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology; Vice Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Department of Surgery; Associate Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, UNMC
Nebraska State Chair, Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons

Quan P. Ly, MD