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European School of Peritoneal Surface Oncology September 2018 Graduates 12/09/2018

Peritoneal surface malignancies (PSM) are rare cancers encompassing several types of tumour with a wide range of prognostic spectrum, often at an advanced stage. They develop in the peritoneum, a thin layer of tissue (ephitelium) that lines the abdomen and covers important organs e.g. the bladder. The role of surgery in their multidisciplinary management is key, but it is even more important when applied in combination with the locoregional approach to PSM, consisting in the combination of cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and the intraperitoneal instillation of chemotherapies under hyper-thermic condition (HIPEC). This is an innovative approach for certain PSM cancers, which allows to obtain the macroscopic and microscopic cytoreduction of the peritoneal disseminated disease and, thus, greatly benefit the patient.

A joint venture between ESSO and the Peritoneal Surface Oncology Group International (PSOGI), the European School of Peritoneal Surface Oncology (ESPSO) has been established to provide both a basic and an advance training in peritoneal surface oncology. Under the supervision of a tutor from a PSOGI recognized centre, each student enrols in a peritoneal surface oncology treatment programme taking place in one of the participating ESPSO centres, such as the Gustave Roussy in Paris or the MD Anderson in Madrid (you can read the full list here). The educational programme includes participation in two ESSO Courses, the ‘ESSO Advanced Course on the Management of HIPEC after CRS’ and the ‘ESSO Course on Peritoneal Surface Malignancy’, as well as in at least one PSOGI World Congress and a recognised national peritoneal surface oncology congress. At the end of their studies, ESPSO participants submit a research project –  which is then presented at one of these congresses and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal (the project could even evolve into a thesis) – and successful students receive the European Certification on Peritoneal Surface Oncology, attesting the proficient knowledge of the scientific basis and the clinical management of these types of cancer.

In September 2018 16 ESPSO participants ended their training program and 13 of them were awarded their European Certification on Peritoneal Surface Oncology during the PSOGI 2018 Congress in Paris. You can see the full list September 2018 graduates here.

Currently 17 other participants are attending the programme.

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