European Cancer Organisation

Matti Aapro

Matti Aapro is Executive Board member of the European School of Oncology (ESO) and leads the Sharing Progress in Cancer Care programme and coordinates the activities of ESO in Arab speaking countries and in Latin America.

He received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland and was a fellow at the Arizona Cancer Center in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He was the founding chair of the Medical and Radiation Therapy Department at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan.


Dr. Aapro is presently member of the Board of Directors of the Genolier Cancer Center, Genolier, Switzerland. He is a Board member of ECCO (European CanCer Organisation). He serves the International Society for Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) as Executive Board Member. He is past-President of the Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC). He is President of Honour of the French-speaking Society for Supportive Care (AFSOS), as well as Advisor to the Japanese Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (JASCC ). He has been member of the Board of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO).

Dr. Aapro chaired the scientific and organizing committees of UICC’s (International Union against Cancer) World Cancer Congress of 2008 in Geneva, and 2010 in Shenzhen (China). He is a member of the ESMO Faculty and chairs the ESMO 2018 Supportive/Palliative Care track. He is a board member of the Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC) meeting. Dr. Aapro is Editor-in-Chief of Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, as well as Associate Editor for the geriatric section of the Oncologist and Editor-in-Chief of the Web site He is also founding editor of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology. He is past Associate Editor for Annals of Oncology, continuing on its editorial board, and member of several other editorial boards. He has authored more than 350 publications and his major interests are new drug development, breast cancer, cancer in the elderly, and supportive care.

Dr. Aapro is Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Tampere (2013) and Honorary Member of the Russian Society for Clinical Oncology (RUSSCO)(2016). He has received the 2010 Acta Oncologica Award, the 2012 ASCO B.J. Kennedy prize and the MASCC Distinguished Services Award (2016).


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