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Position Statement by Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons to promote cancer surgery 13/04/2021

The Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons (GFCS), of which ESSO is an active member, recently published a position statement to promote cancer surgery globally.

The Lancet Oncology Commission noted that, by the year 2030, nearly 45 million additional cancer procedures will be needed, although only 25% of those patients will have access to safe, timely, and quality surgical care. More than 80% of cancers, in particular solid tumors, will at some stage benefit from surgical intervention for diagnostic, therapeutic, and palliative purposes. Many patients may require surgical intervention more than once. The GFCS recommends to reshape health policy at local, regional, national and global level, re-align the cancer policy efforts that includes a critical emphasis on the value of surgical in the context of multidisciplinary, to increase awareness of relevant stakeholders of the critical role of surgery in cancer care , to increase efforts and resources to develop high-quality and standardized educational platforms to train competent cancer surgeons.  

ESSO is an active member of the Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons (GFCS) which was formed in 2017 under the auspices of the American Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) to address the imbalance between the importance and the inadequate emphasis on surgery for cancer care on the global stage. The mission of the GFCS is to provide a voice for cancer surgeons to improve surgical care for cancer patients through multidisciplinary clinical care, education, research, outreach, advocacy, and leadership on the global stage. The GFCS continues to focus its efforts on creating a single cohesive voice for cancer surgeons across the world to address the barriers and highlight the importance of surgical care for cancer patients.

Read the full statement here

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