The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium® started more than four decades ago as a tumor board in a hotel on the River Walk. Since then, the meeting has evolved into a multidisciplinary forum that is home to practice-changing breast cancer science. The 2023 Symposium carried on the tradition, delivering the latest in research, patient care, and advocacy.
“This is a meeting where we present, debate, discuss, and celebrate the progress in breast cancer but also honor the memory of those who have succumbed to this disease and renew our commitment to continue to strive for progress against it,” said SABCS® Co-Director Carlos Arteaga, MD, during opening remarks on Wednesday, December 6, at the Henry B. González Convention Center.
Thanks to participants, presenters, program planners, and organizers, this year’s Symposium was a tremendous success, with record attendance and a host of new features. Attendees, in person and virtual, can still access all the sessions on demand on the meeting site through March 31, 2024.
Attendance at the Symposium set a record this year, with a total of 10,874 registered attendees; in-person registration was also a record with more than 1,500 more in-person attendees in 2023 than in 2022.
Other notable numbers from the 2023 SABCS®:
- Robust science: There were a record 1,886 accepted abstracts, and more than half of them came from outside the United States.
- Global representation: Attendees and presenters came from 102 countries, with more than 4,600 international attendees.
- Early-career scientists: More than 1,300 attendees indicated they have been in practice 1-5 years.
- Advocacy: There were 617 patient advocates registered at this year’s Symposium.
- Breaking News: Three abstracts presented with late-breaking, pivotal trial results.
- Social presence: Over 2,500 people joined the SABCS® conversation on Twitter, sharing more than 14,800 tweets using the #SABCS23 hashtag and generating more than 107 million impressions.
- Press coverage: There were 135 members of the press at the Symposium in person, and 134 more covering the Symposium virtually.
Other highlights from this year’s Symposium:
- SABCS® Snippets debuted this year, with 19 Snippets episodes produced during the meeting. The Snippets videos highlighted topics and sessions with additional insight from Executive and Program Planning Committee members and presenters.
- The expanded Exhibit Hall featured the new SABCS® Booth, which was home to the new Symposium mascot, Shelly the armadillo.
- Proceeds from the SABCS® Store supported Young Investigator Awards.
- The Symposium offered several new amenities for families: dedicated rooms for nursing mothers and subsidized child care in the Henry B. González Convention Center.
Attendees have until January 31, 2024, to complete their evaluations and claim Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Nursing Education credits and a Certificate of Attendance. Get more information here about Continuing Education.
Explore SABCSMeetingNews.org for coverage you might have missed from the 2023 SABCS®, and put the 2024 SABCS® on your calendar, set for December 10-14, 2024!