40th Resources

Hakan Mellstedt, Sweden: “A vision would be one oncology society which unites all kinds of oncology disciplines. Not only clinical disciplines but also basic science disciplines.“

Silvio Monfardini, Italy: “For the future, I would like to have a society who is able – but this is already happening – to increase the level of medical oncology by interacting with Asian and African countries.”

Maurizio Tonato, Italy: “For the future I wish an even better implementation of a multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.”

John F. Smyth, UK: “I think ESMO played a really important part in trying to integrate what we now recognize as multidisciplinary care. And I think it’s a very real challenge to try to get all that integration together.”

Hernan Cortes-Funes, Spain: “Today oncology as a discipline is changing. My wish to ESMO for the future is to conceive the congress as the place not only to present data but above all to exchange information and make a very good medical education."

Heinz Ludwig, Austria: “For the future I think ESMO should continue to open up as much as possible, to invite people from other disciplines; and also to establish medical oncology as a specialty in those countries in which it is not yet recognised."

Bob Pinedo: “I wish ESMO to stimulate medical oncology in a collaborative way, not only collaboration between disciplines but also between countries.”To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ESMO, we delve into the society’s history to get a glimpse of the bright future ahead.

Martine Piccart: “Medical Oncology is going through a revolution today. With so many exciting new approaches emerging, a strong society like ESMO can do a lot in accelerating the access of patients to this treatment.” To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ESMO, we delve into the society’s history to get a glimpse of the bright future ahead.

Paris Kosmidis: “I want ESMO and medical oncologists to be closer to our patients, to be more in contact, to inform and educate them. I think we are very close to that.”To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ESMO, we delve into the society’s history to get a glimpse of the bright future ahead.

Jean-Pierre Armand: “At the first ESMO meeting we were 50 people.  I could not have imagined that ESMO would become what it is today, a huge international meeting with 10.000 members and 20.000 participants.“ To celebrate the 40th anniversary of ESMO, we delve into the society’s history to get a glimpse of the bright future ahead

José Baselga: “ESMO has become a key player in the world of oncology: it is the home for medical oncologists from around the world, the place where science dissemination occurs, where issues that are important for patients are asserted.“ On the occasion of the ESMO 40th anniversary, jump into ESMO’s history to glimpse the bright society’s future ahead.

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations we are highlighting the knowledge transfer & networking experiences that are made possible each year by ESMO fellowships. Angela Lamarca and Emanuele Zucca explain these career-changing moments and the profound effect upon their professional paths.

What was the vision for the ESMO Young Oncologists group when it was created? What were the main achievements and how bright is the future ahead? Fabrice André, ESMO YOC Founding Chair, and Raffaele Califano, ESMO YOC Chair 2013-2015, compare their views in this exciting video.

Enter into the ESMO history and mark your place in our future. Celebrating our past achievements and looking forward to our future challenges together.

40th Anniversary History