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to the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO)!

ESSO was founded in 1981 to advance the art, science and practice of surgery for the treatment of cancer. Central to achieving this objective is ESSO’s willingness to collaborate, interact and foster an open exchange with a range of other specialities.

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Educational Courses

Advanced Course on Breast Cancer Surgery

8-10 October 2015, Lisbon, Portugal
Interactive workshop which includes "meet the expert" type sessions
Register now!

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EJSO – the Journal of Cancer Surgery

12 issues a year - impact factor 2.892

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Training and research fellowships, Flims fellowships, travel grants

Training and research fellowships, Flims fellowships and travel grants.
For further information and how to apply for these opportunities please visit this page.

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ESSO 35 - ECC 2015


Early bird registration deadline:
7 April

Abstract submission deadline:
28 April

Fellowships application deadline:
28 April

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ESSO 35 - ECC 2015 Advanced Programme available now!

The advanced programme allows attendees to find all the information concerning the Congress. Read to discover at a glance all the tracks, chairs and experts that will be part of the event as well as useful practicalities. To view the advanced programme please click here.


ESSO 35 - ECC 2015 Fellowship grants application now open.

Through the generosity of ECC2015 sponsors, a number of travel fellowships will be offered. These grants include free registration to the congress, free accommodation in one of the selected hotels and 500 EUR travel grant. In addition to the above fellowships open to all, ESSO will offer 3 additional bursaries of 500 EUR each to young surgical oncologists willing to attend the Congress.
For more information and to apply please click here.


ESSO 35 - ECC 2015 Abstract submission now open.

Present your work at the largest platform for practice-changing data in Europe.
Join our efforts to advance cancer treatment and care by ensuring surgical oncology is well-represented and your messages are delivered to the largest multidisciplinary audience in Europe.
For further information please click here.

Message from the ESSO President

Dear Fellow Surgical Oncologists,

Much has been achieved during the last year: a large international congress, a vast portfolio of educational events including courses, master classes and travelling fellowships.
Our significant progress should not distract us from getting set for the new year. It is promising plenty of exciting and significant challenges.

As you might have heard the oncological community has recently experienced some debate, since the President of ESMO (European Association of Medical Oncology) contacted ESSO, as well as the other 4 Founding Member Societies of ECCO to inform about ESMO’s decision to stop the collaboration with ECCO for the organisation of the multidisciplinary congress after the 2015 Joint Congress in Vienna. ESMO is intending to separate from the well recognized community of European Cancer Societies and set up an autonomous Congress on its own, starting in 2017. Read more...

Education News

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Apply for the 2015 editions of the EBSQ Examinations

The Surgical Onoclogy EBSQ examination will take place in Naples (IT) on the 12th of September 2015

The Breast Surgery EBSQ examination will take place in Lisbon (PT) on the 10-11th of October 2015

For further information and to apply please view here.

Robotics picture web The ESSO Course on Robotic Surgery will be a theoretical and practical introduction to robotic surgery for rectal, pancreatic and esophageal tumors. It is a hands on course for surgeons who want to implement or expand their robotic program and improve their robotic skills. The course will take place in Hamburg, Germany on the 7th - 9th May 2015. To learn more about the course and to register please click here.

ESPSO web logo 2 The European School of Peritoneal Surface Oncology is a joint venture of the European Society of Surgical Oncology (ESSO) and the Peritoneal Surface Oncology Group (PSOGI). We aim to providing adequate and structured training in the management of peritoneal neoplasms and certifying proficient knowledge in the scientific basis and clinical practice of Peritoneal Surface Oncology (PSO), specially multidiciplinary decision-making and surgical management (European Certification in Peritoneal Surface Oncology). To find out more and to apply for the training programme please click here

Picture Hamburg web ESSO Advanced Course on the Management of HIPEC after CRS.
This course aims to discuss evidence-based clinical decision-making in the management of primary and secondary peritoneal cancer and will offer a multidisciplinary programme combining both practical aspects and theoretical problems. Participants will perform cytoreductive surgery in small groups in the wet lab using several new technical devices with supervision of experts. Therefore the workshop is limited to a small number of participants (first come, first served basis). The course is held in Hamburg, Germany on 19 - 21 March 2015. For further details and to apply please click here.

ESSO Endorsed and Recommended events

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ESSO also supports or recommends scientific events organised by other medical societies, hospitals or institutions that are deemed relevant and of particular interest for the surgical oncology community. All events listed on the ESSO website have been reviewed and approved by the ESSO Website & Editorial Committee. Click here to access the list of endorsed and recommended events.


ESSO is supported through unrestricted educational grants from Genomic Health and Nutricia.
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