Venue: Budapest
Starts: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Ends: Friday, October 12, 2018

ESSO President Dr Tibor Kovacs from Guy’s Hospital and King’s College, London, United Kingdom, presents the highlights of the ESSO 38 congress in Budapest along with Dr Riccardo Audisio from the Institute of Clinical Sciences - Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Göteborg, Sweden. The topics dicussed included trends in cancer data, highlights and discussions on the most intensely debated subjects in past, present and future cancer surgery (Colorectal, Upper Gi, Breast), and the general statistics behind the successful ESSO38 congress in 2018.

Please see the full video on the e-eso website here:

The 38th Congress of the European Society of Surgical Oncology took place from 10-12 October 2018 in Budapest, Hungary, welcomed over 850 participants from over 65 countries.

Professor M. Kasler, the Hungarian Minister of Human Capacities, opened the congress which focused on bridging the disparity between minimum standards of care across Europe; the overarching theme was ‘Better outcomes with Innovative Surgery’. The congress covered all main tumor sites through a range of interactive sessions and focused on the leading role of surgical oncology in the management of solid tumours, in a multidisciplinary setting and as part of the multimodal approach.

Several important meetings took place alongside the congress including a Public Affairs, Communications, Membership and EYSAC committee meetings, a Board of Directors meeting, INSPIRE, EURECCA, GO SAFE and DREAM project meetings and partner society meetings with SSO, SBCO, IASO and KSSO.

The Inaugural Session Central-Eastern European Breast Cancer Surgical Consortium took place on 11th October and was well-attended as partners gathered to facilitate the evolution from the level of general surgery to the specialised oncoplastic breast surgery in Central-Eastern Europe association of authoritative national institutes.

The Niall O’Higgins Award was granted to Rebecca Birch (UK) in recognition of her oral abstract on the management of rectal cancer in older patients in England - a retrospective population based study a patients diagnosed between April 2009 and December 2014. This year we introduced ‘Posters in the Spotlight’ to highlight interesting submissions and give authors more opportunities to present their work.

The best poster awards were presented to:
  1. Joy Odili, UK for 'Electrochemotherapy as an adjunct to the surgical management of metastatic melanoma: experience of the inspECT group (2008 to 2018)'
  2. Sara Kehlet Watt, DK for 'Whole blood gene expression profiling in patients undergoing colon cancer surgery identifies differential expression of genes involved in immune surveillance, inflammation and carcinogenesis'
  3. Susan Brouwer De Koning, NL for 'Towards intra-operative resection margin assessment using near infrared hyperspectral imaging in squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue'

Also new this year were the Young Surgeon’s mentorship sessions, offering a rotation of meet-the-expert style discussions, and educational workshops to ensure the best opportunities to acquire new skills.

We hope that all delegates found the mix of sessions, diversity of attendees and networking opportunities as valuable and enjoyable as we did and we hope to welcome you back next year for #ESSO39

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Tibor Kovacs Santiago González-Moreno György Lázár
ESSO 38 Scientific Chair ESSO 38 Congress Co-chair ESSO 38 Congress Co-chair
ESSO President-Elect             ESSO President            




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