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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 Management if HIPEC after CRS

10-12 March 2016, Hamburg, Germany
A multidisciplinary course which includes hands on sessions

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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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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 36 - Abstract Submission now open!!

The abstract submission is now open for ESSO 36, the deadline for submission is 1st April 2016.

Also available now is the searchable programme, find out further information here on why you should attend ESSO 36.

ESSO 36 - Fellowships

The ESSO 36 Scientific Committee will award a number of fellowship grants to attend the Congress.

To find out further information and to apply please visit here.

Application deadine: 1st April 2016

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Lars Påhlman in memoriam

ESSO President 2002-2004Following some years of fight against a malignant disease, Professor Lars Påhlman passed away on Saturday November 21, 2015, at the age of 69.

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New deal for Clinical Research in Surgical Oncology - interview with Professor Serge Evrard, Chair of the ESSO Clinical Research Committee.

For further information and to view the video please click here.

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ESSO's President, Prof. Riccardo Audisio gave an interview to ecancertv

Professor Riccardo Audisio, President of ESSO, gave an interview to ecancertv about education and the current standards of cancer surgery.

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ESSO representation at the European Conference of Interventional Oncology

We are happy to announce that ESSO is a partner in the European Conference on Interventional Oncology and we are pleased to contribute to the multidisciplinary frame of the conference. For further information please click here.

Education News

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Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop - Application deadline 8th February!

Held for the first time in Zeist, Netherlands the workshop in Clinical Cancer Research is an educational programme that introduces junior clinical oncologists in any oncology subspecialty to the principles of good clinical trial design.
Applications open on 7th December 2015 and close on 8th February 2016.
Further information can be found here.

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ESSO Course on the Management of High Risk Patients of Breast Cancer

This course taking place on 5th -6th February 2016 in Berlin will provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of the management of patients with increased risk for developing breast cancer. The course will deliver a practical,workshop-based approach for surgeons and clinicians providing them with the scientific evidence and information to help their patients to reach informed decisions about their future.

For further information please visit here.

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ESSO Advanced Course “Management of HIPEC after CRS

The course taking place in Hamburg on 10th - 12th March 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 and supervision by the experts.

For further information please visit here.

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This course taking place on 26th -27th May 2016 in London aims to give participants an overview on diagnosis and treatment of this condition to young and more senior surgeons who want to develop a specific knowledge on this topic. Evidence-based information will be provided and controversial topics will be discussed.

For further information please visit 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

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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