ESMO Women for Oncology Award

The ESMO Women for Oncology Award recognises an ESMO member or a recognised institution that has significantly contributed to supporting the career development of women working in oncology.

2019 – Cristiana Sessa, Switzerland

Cristiana Sessa, Scientific Clinical Consultant of the Clinical Trial Unit at Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale and Consultant for Gynaecological Cancer at the Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI) in Bellinzona, Switzerland, is to receive the 2019 ESMO Women for Oncology Award for her contributions to supporting the career development of women in oncology and for her role in sensitising organisations to perceive the female oncology workforce as a valuable resource. A respected clinician and expert in the field of gynaecological cancers, Sessa has worked tirelessly to help the next generation of women climb the professional ladder, be it through direct mentorship or through her many activities aimed at facilitating access to education and development programmes for female oncologists.

The award will be presented to her at this year’s ESMO Congress taking place in Barcelona, 27 September - 1 October.

Cristiana Sessa

I appreciate this award very much, because it comes from people whom I admire and trust: being recognised by your peers is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. We need to keep spreading the message that female oncologists should have the chance to be visible, and to be represented on scientific committees. We must make today’s leaders understand that it’s time to promote young women. Women, in turn, should be ready and well-prepared to take on those responsibilities, so we need to provide them with the right education. The ESMO Women for Oncology Committee’s awareness and nurturing support programmes are crucial in this respect.

Cristiana Sessa

Previous recipients of the ESMO Women for Oncology Award

  • 2018 - Margaret Foti, USA
  • 2017 - Frances Shepherd, Canada
  • 2016 - Sumitra Thongprasert, Thailand
  • 2015 - Enriqueta Felip, Spain