Welcome to ESMO, the European Society for Medical Oncology

ESMO is the leading professional organisation for medical oncology. With more than 23,000 members representing oncology professionals from over 150 countries worldwide, ESMO is the society of reference for oncology education and information. ESMO is committed to offer the best care to people with cancer, through fostering integrated cancer care, supporting oncologists in their professional development, and advocating for sustainable cancer care worldwide.

Founded in 1975, ESMO has European roots with a global reach: we welcome oncology professionals from around the world. We are a home for all oncology stakeholders, connecting professionals with diverse expertise and experience, and speaking with one voice for our discipline. Our education and information resources support an integrated multi-professional approach to cancer care, from a medical oncology perspective.

We seek to erase boundaries in cancer care, whether between countries or specialities and pursue our mission across oncology, worldwide.

Cancer patients and their needs are at the centre of all that we do: our profession is driven by our determination, individually and collectively, to secure the best possible outcomes for people with cancer across Europe and around the world.

ESMO mission  

  • Improve the quality of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, supportive and palliative care, as well as the follow-up of patients with malignant diseases
  • Advance the art, science, recognition, and practice of oncology
  • Disseminate knowledge to cancer patients and the public
  • Educate and train people involved in clinical cancer care and research
  • Ensure a high standard of qualification of medical oncologists within the multidisciplinary team
  • Promote equal access to optimal cancer care for all cancer patients​

Cancer care is rapidly becoming more integrated and more specialised; whether their field is research, diagnosis, treatment, care, or advocacy, oncology professionals need to both build their specialist knowledge and connect with the best practitioners in other disciplines worldwide. ESMO membership makes this possible.

Last update: September 2019