Ben Walton Lecture - An Agnostics Guide to Oral Cancers

Ben Walton Lecture - An Agnostics Guide to Oral Cancers

28 November 2019

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

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  • This evening lecture will provide an update on the terminology and classification of “oral cancer”. It will explore the importance of terminology and will explain the latest WHO classification and its relevance to clinical practice. Finally, it will introduce the concept of “tumour agnostics”, whereby tumours may be defined and classified independent of (agnostic to) their site or pathology, but rather classified by molecular changes that can be targeted by specific drugs. 

    The Ben Walton Trust was established in 1996 by Mr Mike Walton and commemorates his son, Ben Walton, and his year-long fight against oral cancer. Ben was born in Kittleyknowe, near Carlops, and attended West Linton Primary School and Peebles High School. Ben attended Aberdeen University where he was studying Honours Psychology; in his final year, at the time of his death on 9 December 1995, he was 22 years old. The trust was set up to raise awareness of this disease among the general public and health professionals, to fund research and fund palliative care.

    Professor Paul Speight 

    Paul Speight is Professor Emeritus in Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology at the School of Clinical Dentistry, University of Sheffield. He is a diagnostic histopathologist with special expertise in oral cancer and salivary gland tumours. In the field of oral cancer research, Paul has focused on mechanisms of tumour invasion and progression, and on biomarkers for prognosis and diagnosis. He has also undertaken studies to evaluate oral cancer screening and early detection in primary care.

    Light refreshments will be served from 18:00, with the lecture starting at 18:30 and finishing at approximately 19:30.


    At the end of this lecture attendees should be able to:

    ·         State the importance of accurate terminology

    ·         Describe the latest WHO classification of “oral cancers”

    ·         List the important distinctive features of different cancers in the head and neck.

    ·         Demonstrate awareness of the concept of tumour-agnostics and how this may, in the future, be applied to cancer of the head and neck

    vCPD Hours 1 

    Development outcomes C

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