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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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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 35 - ECC 2015


Do not miss the largest cancer congress in Europe!

Featuring a comprehensive surgical oncology track.


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ESSO 35 - ECC 2015 - Register now !

Don't miss the opportunity to participate in the major multidisciplinary cancer congress in Europe, featuring an extensive surgical oncology track.

For more information and to register please visit here.

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ESSO 35 - ESSO Award Session

During the popular ESSO Society Session entitled "Education in Cancer Surgery"  Lynda Wyld, ESSO Education Committee Chair, Vice-president of the British Society of Surgical Oncology and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield will receive the ESSO award. The session will take place on Saturday 26th September 2015, 10:30 -12:30. Further informtion can be found here.

Interview with Prof. Riccardo Audisio, ESSO President on Cancer in the old

For the ESSO 35 / ECC 2015 congress newsletter Prof. Audisio has spoken about the individualised treatment for older cancer patients. 
To read the interview please visit here.

ESSO 36 in partnership with the Polish Society of Surgical Oncology - Save the date

Under the honorary patronage of the Mayor of Krakow, Prof. Jacek Majchrowski
Focusing on bridging the disparity between minimum standards of care across Europe, the overarching theme of the congress is “Optimising European Cancer Surgery”.

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ESSO's participation in the German Surgical Society Congress

ESSO had the pleasure to participate in the 132rd Congress of the German Surgical Society which took place in Munich from 28th April to 1st May 2015. With leading experts in attendance ESSO discussed future opportunities for collaboration and informed attendees of ESSO’s goal and mission. We hope that our visibility at the congress will increase ESSO member numbers from Germany to enhance our ever growing network.

Education News

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ESSO’s 2nd Meet the Expert Webinar: Enhanced Recovery after Surgery

Prof. Sergio Sandrucci will conduct the 2nd Meet the Expert Webinar on Thursday 17th September at 19:00 Central European Time.
The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the essential components of enhanced recovery protocols along with the rationale behind their inclusion within a teamwork frame involving hospital staff, patients and relatives, and to suggest strategies to facilitate their gradual implementation and compliance in day-to-day clinical practice.

Please click here for further details and to apply.

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ESSO Fellowship opportunities  

In 2014 Ahmed Muneer from King's College London (UK) was granted the EYSAC Research Fellowship to visit the Graduate School of Engineering (University of Tokyo, Japan), here you can learn about the fellowships ESSO offers and read about his experience and from other fellows who have benefited from this ESSO initiative.  

Apply for the next trianing fellowship opportunities by 31st October 2015!

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ESSO Course on Peritoneal Surface Malignancy

Taking place in Manchester, UK on the 8th and 9th of October 2015 this course will address current treatments for specific tumour groups and future challenges for developping services in different health care settings. It will focus on delivering evidence-based clinical practice and achieving quality assured outcomes for patients undergoing abdominal and pelvic cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy. To apply and for further information please visit here.

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Once again ESSO had the pleasure to sponsor 5 surigcal fellows to attend the Methods in Clinical Cancer Workshop
The 5 sponsored fellows were: Paul Sutton, University of Liverpool, UK; Carmela Caballero, EORTC, Belgium; Bas Groot Koerkamp, Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, The Netherlands; Hein Handgraff, Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands; Georgios Papaxoinis, Christie Hospital NHS, UK
To read their testimonials please click here
The next workshop dates are 18th - 24th June 2016

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

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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