Evandro de Azambuja
Young Oncologists Committee member
Jules Bordet Institute
ESMO: Tell us a bit about your activities
Evandro: I am a Medical Director of the Breast Data Centre and a member of the Ethical Committee at the Jules Bordet Institute. I addition, I am a member of Executive/Steering Committee of various large phase III trials including adjuvant breast cancer patients. I also see outpatients two times a week.
Why did you choose to become a medical oncologist?
I decided to become a medical oncologist during my medical studies. During a holiday break, I participated in training in a local pathology department, and it was there that I became fascinated by oncology. After this experience, I realised that oncology is a broad field that is able to combine clinical work and research. The doctor-patient contact is something as well that I found amazing in the field of oncology.
And your plans for the future?
I would like to continue working in an academic environment with the possibility of combining clinical work with clinical research. The conducting of large Phase III clinical trials, which could be practice changing, is a very positive experience. Sharing my knowledge with other colleagues and fellows is something that I greatly enjoy.
What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?
It means a lot to me! This participation is a way of being prepared for the future: staying updated, networking, sharing knowledge and making good friends! The possibility of representing ESMO as a committee member allows me to represent the young people’s input in ESMO as a society and in the ESMO meetings. Therefore, as YOC members, we serve as the voice of all young people! Most importantly, it helps us in defining paths for the future and allows us to be coached by the worldwide experts in oncology.
Do you have some good advice you would like to share with your international colleagues?
- Be in contact with many colleagues and be open-minded to learning!
- Take advantage of each opportunity that may appear
- Study and read a lot!
- Be critical while reading papers
- Don’t simply accept what is written
- Try an experience abroad (fellowship, PhD, etc...)
- and finally: choose a good mentor!