American Russian Cancer Alliance (ARCA)

Clinical and Education

Alexander Zyryanov, MD, Richard Greenberg, MD, FACS, and Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS, (L to R) participating in panel discussion at the OncoUrology conference in Yekaterinburg, Russia

ARCA has conducted educational sessions in the following cancer areas:

  • Prostate
  • Lung
  • Breast
  • Head and Neck
  • Ovarian
  • Colorectal
  • Esophogeal
  • Bladder
  • Pancreatic
  • Kidney
  • HepatoBiliary
  • Tobacco Related Cancers

Medical conferences, interactive workshops and symposia are initiating scientific directions, but also have been a valuable component in the development of US/Russian relations. Presentations in Russia are conducted by the most experienced professionals and are designed to engage scientists in areas of mutual collaboration. ARCA national symposia involve Russian physicians from all regions of the Russian Federation, former Russian Republics as well as European countries, providing a positive impact on improved oncology services throughout the entire country and the region. American participants have a unique opportunity to work with various populations within Russia and collaborate with highly motivated and trained Russian physicians and researchers to develop joint research studies.

ARCA Onco Urology Program

The urologic oncologist is charged with managing the 3 of the top 10 most common human malignancies. Not only is malignancy of the prostate gland the most common cancer in American and Russian men and is the second most common cause of male cancer death, but management of prostate, kidney, and bladder cancers — not to mention the other diseases faced by these specialists — requires some of the most nuanced medical and surgical expertise. As such, American Russian Cancer Alliance (ARCA) participants have teamed up to relieve the burden of urologic malignant disease for populations of both countries.

Most recently, a major ARCA event took place in Yekaterinburg, Russia on May 26-27, 2011, click here. This joint Russian-American 2-day conference organized by Professor Alexander Zyryanov, MD from Ural Regional Hospital #1 was titled "Actual Questions in Oncourology" and integrated a master-class titled "Surgery of the Prostate and Renal Cancer." The list of participants included not only leading urologic oncologists from Central, Ural, Siberian and Far East districts of Russia, but also American specialists from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia: Professor Richard Greenberg, MD, FACS, and Assistant Professor Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS.

Richard Greenberg, MD, FACS, training Russian OncoUrologist on DaVinci Robotic Prostatectomy procedure

Within the framework of the master-class, Professor Richard Greenberg and Dr. Alexander Kutikov performed live surgeries using the DaVinci robotic platform, the first of now several surgical robots to be installed in Russia. Professor Alexander Zyryanov performed a live prostate brachytherapy treatment. The surgeries were moderated and broadcast live for the participants of the conference. Oncologists and oncourologists from various parts of the Russian Federation had an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the latest approaches to urologic cancer treatment and also shared practical insights and experiences with various treatment strategies.

Richard E. Greenberg, MD, FACS, chief of urologic oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center has helped to establish the Russian Association of Onco-Urology

As a result of this most recent ARCA clinical and educational exchange, a collaboration to study renal malignancy in the two countries has unfolded between the Fox Chase Cancer Center and one of the leading oncourological institutions in Russia Ural Regional Hospital 1. The joint effort promises to provide new insights into the biology and treatment efficacy of renal cell carcinoma the deadliest of all urologic malignancies.

Professor Richard Greenberg, chief of urologic oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has led an effort to collaborate with the Russian Urologic Oncologists This organization has become the cornerstone of regional education and presentations of new modalities, both medical and surgical, within the field of Onco Urology. Dr. Greenberg has been a keynote speaker at the annual RAOU Congress meeting, with over 1,000 attendees. Over 1,000 urologists and other cancer specialists focusing on urological cancers attend these sessions.