Young Oncologist Track at ECC 2013 in Amsterdam

Below is an overview of the ECC 2013 Young Oncologists Track sessions to which you do not need to be registered but has free access to congress attendees. 

Young Oncologist Committee member Evando De Azambuja recommends you attend the special session in the Young Oncologist Track, ‘How to be a Happy Oncologist’ to take part in the discussion on how to handle burn-out and ensure a good life-job balance

Evandro De Azambuja

In the past 13 years, I have been deeply involved with clinical research in breast cancer and my passion has not changed” says Evandro. “However, I am (and assume all my colleagues are) experiencing a change in the oncology field. We are pressured by the institute to be full-time clinicians, while at the same time feel pressure from the university to be competitive in research. No one can deny the global cancer burden and hence, increase in number of cancer cases. Yet as challenging as it all is, we do it to increase the number of cancer survivors—and we are making progress in that direction. If I had to start my specialisation today with all the “challenges” I’ve encountered in the past 13 years, would I choose medical oncology again? My answer is definitely YES! Am I a happy oncologist? YES I am, and suppose I’ll be happy as long as the balance between my professional and personal life prevails! 

Evando De Azambuja

Special Session: How to be a Happy Oncologist

Sunday 29 September 2013, 13:15 - 14:15
Chair: E. De Azambuja (Belgium)

  • Quality of life of young oncologists, P. Blanchard (France)
  • Why choose oncology? How to identify goals/aims/barriers towards professional fulfilment for young oncologists, P. Dubsky (Austria) 
  • Managing burnout in oncology – special focus on young oncologists, L. Fallowfield (United Kingdom)
  • Discussion and Roundup

Roundtable: How to Improve Career Opportunities for Young Oncologists across Europe

Sunday 29 September 2013, 17:00 - 18:00
Moderator: F. Cardoso (Portugal)
Young Oncologists Speakers:

  • Greece - D. Zardavas (Belgium)
  • Italy - I. Meattini (Italy)
  • Spain - E. Castro (United Kingdom)
  • The Netherlands - S. Sleijfer (The Netherlands)

Discussion with Panel of Experts
Panellists: J. Bergh (Sweden), R. Audisio (United Kingdom), M. Mangoni (Italy)

Special Session: Improving Hands-on Education for Young Oncologists

Monday 30 September 2013, 13:15 - 14:15
Chair: P. Blanchard (France)

  • Training surgical oncologists in Europe, P. Naredi (Sweden)
  • Training medical oncologists in Europe, J.F. Smyth (United Kingdom)
  • Training radiation oncologists in Europe, R. Pötter (Austria)
  • Discussion and Roundup

Scientific Symposium: Integrating Genetic Information into Daily Clinical Practice

Monday 30 September 2013, 14:45 - 16:45
Chairs: S. Loibl (Germany), S. Banerjee (United Kingdom)

  • Introduction, S. Loibl (Germany)
  • Germline mutations and cancer susceptibility, N. Rahman (United Kingdom)
  • Expression profiling in breast cancer: ready for clinical use?, C. Sotiriou (Belgium)
  • Genetic analysis in advanced cancer patients: what test for which patient? Matching patient, biomarker and drug, J. Rodon (Spain)
  • Impact of genetic analyses on patients - what to tell our patients?, M. Abramowicz (Belgium)
  • Concluding Remarks, S. Banerjee (United Kingdom)