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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-EYSAC Surgical Anatomy Course on Pancreatic Cancer

23 – 24 February 2015, Heidelberg, Germany
Hands-on workshop on surgical anatomy and operative techniques

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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

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 34 – BASO 2014


Quality Outcome, Global Perspective.

Thank You!

With a record attendance of 1018 participants, the ESSO 34 Congress in partnership with BASO 2014 is the biggest ESSO Congress ever!

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Latest news

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...

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ESSO's new President
We are pleased to announce that Professor Riccardo A. Audisio took over the presidency of the society from Professor Graeme Poston during the ESSO 34 congress.
Furthermore during the general assembly Professor Santiago Gonzalez-Moreno was elected President-Elect, Professor Marjut Leidenius was elected Honorary Secretary and two new board members where elected namely Professor Odysseas Zoras and Asst Professor Agnieszka Kolacinska.
View the new Board of Directors here.

Best Video award

ESSO 34 - BASO 2014 congress videos
21 video presentations split in 2 sessions were presented at the ESSO 34 BASO 2014 Congress. The ESSO Education & Training Committee rewarded the 3 best video presenters, namely:
1st Prize: Daniel Santos (Brazil)
2nd Prize: Anne Kraima (The Netherlands)
3rd Prize: Dejan Stojiljkovic (Serbia)
To view the videos please click here.

Posters and Duveken

ESSO 34 - BASO 2014 congress posters are available online!
349 posters were presented during the ESSO 34 BASO 2014 congress. The ESSO Education & Training Committee rewarded the 3 best poster presenters, namely: 
1st Prize: Nagesh Madnoorkar (India)
2nd Prize: Christos Markopoulos (Greece)
3rd Prize: Dawid Murawa (Poland)
Click here to view the posters presented at the Congress.

Education News

flims2014 BANNERS FIX-01 without dates web 2 FLIMS 17 - Registration closes 9th February 2015!  This one-week intensive residential training offers a unique opportunity for young oncology surgeons to learn the essentials of clinical trials and be in direct contact with experts in this specific area. ESSO supports the Flims workshop with educational grants covering 60% of the participation costs of up 5 fellows. Applicants wishing to apply can request assistance/advice on the application process and completion to the ESSO FLIMS advisory board. For more information please visit 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 1 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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