European Cancer Organisation

European School of Oncology (ESO)

The European School of Oncology (ESO) was founded in 1982, with the aim of contributing to the reduction of deaths from cancer due to late diagnosis and/or inadequate treatment. Leading oncologists from around the world have played a key role in the foundation of the School. Now, after 30 years of existence, ESO is the oldest and most structured organisation exclusively dedicated to increasing the knowledge of health professionals in all fields of cancer medicine under the auspices of an international scientific committee and advisory board.

ESO’s mission is reflected in its motto ‘Learning to Care’ which stresses the concept of studying and learning and also of caring for the patient in a global sense.  By improving the skills of all health professionals dealing with cancer patients, ESO shortens the length of time needed to transfer knowledge from research centres to daily practice, combining advanced technology with a humane approach in care.

The European School of Oncology has always given great importance to the learning process. Since its attention is focused on the clinical aspects of the cancer problem, care is the ultimate goal of its commitment to improve the oncology skills of health professionals. Care and not only treatment is of paramount importance to us because ESO believes in the holistic approach to the cancer patient.

ESO has faced the process of globalising the fight against cancer with diversity and speed - and in an active and resourceful way by: dedicating resources and energy, expanding its work in new cultural areas, new geographical areas and new professional figures, developing and upgrading editorial activities in print and electronically, organising a wide range of educational events, as well as expanding e-learning programmes.

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