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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

ESSO-BASO Cancer Multidisciplinary Team Course*

1st November 2014, Liverpool, UK
The aim of the course is to showcase the development of an optimal MDT operational policy. Furthermore it will illustrate novel MDT networks in order to effectively and efficiently manage a modern cancer service.

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Membership: join an international network of more than 20.000 professionals

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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

Application for ESSO Clinical and Research Training Fellowships now open!

Application deadline:
10th November 2014.

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ESSO 34 – BASO 2014


Quality Outcome, Global Perspective.

Detailed Scientific Programme now available!

Regular rate registration deadline:
8th September 2014

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ESSO Lifetime Achievement Award- 2014
Following his significant contributions to general surgery, surgical oncology, and in particular to Hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, Dr. Leslie H. Blumgart will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award during the opening session of ESSO 34 – BASO 2014 on Wednesday 29th October.
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Rise of EJSO impact factor for the third year in a row!
Released by Thomson Reuters on 29th July, the EJSO impact factor for 2013, which measures citations made in 2013 to papers published in 2011 and 2012, is 2.892.  This ranks the journal 88th out of 202journals in the Oncology category of the Journal Citation Reports and 31st out of 202 journals in the Surgery category.  This is a very strong performance, which sees the Impact Factor rise for the third year in a row. Read more about EJSO and how the impact factor is calculated...


Still a long way to go to achieve multidisciplinarity for the benefit of patients

At the initiative of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), a working group involving 20 oncology and related societies including ESSO was set up to comment from a multidisciplinary perspective on the ESMO position paper “The current and future role of the medical oncologist in the professional care for cancer patients”, which was published in the January issue of Annals of Oncology (Annals Oncology Jan;25(1):9-15. 2014).
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All the main medical cancer societies and patients’ advocacy groups in Europe have expressed concern that the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation could make cancer research impossible and add a significant burden to both doctors and cancer patients. Read more...

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SSO/ESSO International Career Development Exchange Program
Through its partnership with ESSO, the American Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) will provide a grant to an up-and-coming ESSO recognised surgical oncologist to attend the SSO 2015 Annual Symposium (25-28 March, Houston, TX) and then visit various pre-eminent Surgical Oncology institutions within the USA.
Click here to find out more about the grant / the SSO 2015 Annual Symposium and how to apply.


Education News

Photo MDT Liverpool 091014 The BASO -ESSO Multidisciplinary Team Course will showcase the development of an optimal MDT operational policy. Furthermore it will illustrate novel MDT networks in order to effectively and efficiently manage  a modern cancer service. The Course will take place on 1 November 2014, Liverpool, UK. For further details please click here


Scholarships to attend the International Istanbul Breast Cancer Conference. 
Five ESSO members will be awarded scholarships to cover the registration costs of attending the conference.
The conference is a multidisciplinary meeting focused exclusively on breast cancer that brings together all related disciplines to discover and discuss the latest research, with the goal of strengthening collaborative treatment approaches and enhancing patient care. It takes place on 30th September - 2 October 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.
For more information and the application process please click here.

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ESSO Training Fellowships
The ESSO Education Committee offers a number of Training Fellowships to support trainees in Surgical Oncology. The aim is to allow young surgeons to visit a training fellowships specialist centre outside of their own country, expand their experience and learn new techniques.
The ESSO Young Surgeons and Alumni Club (EYSAC) grants each year a standard research fellowship to support a young colleague who wishes to expand his/her research experience in surgical oncology.
To find out more please visit here.

Deadline for applications 10th November 2014

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 ESSO Endorsed and Recommended events
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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