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ESMO Summits: Testimonials


"The ESMO Summit was an excellent event! It provided a great opportunity to review the state-of-the-art cancer treatments from various perspectives presented by the speakers. New medications and challenges were showcased as oncology and society evolve in a more personalized approach to science and patient care. Working as oncologists in a middle-income country like Brazil challenges us to find ways to prevent cancer without a large budget. Orientation regarding the importance of HPV vaccination was particularly significant. Another important topic was the discussion led by Dr. Evandro de Azambuja about the opportunities offered by ESMO to residents and early-career oncologists from Latin America. The meeting was well-planned, and I believe it covered most of the current hot topics in cancer research."

Pedro Cacilhas, Brazil
ESMO Summit Latin America, Sao Paulo, March 2024


"I had such a positive experience at ESMO Summit Africa 2024. The variety of speakers and attendees from different parts of Africa, as well as international speakers, made the meeting an upbuilding learning opportunity. I got the chance to interact with other oncology colleagues and friends, and it was great to see through the collaboration between local and international experts how standards of care can be applied in resource limited settings. The Clinical Grand Round session was particularly useful, as it was such a realistic demonstration of how shared decision making for complex cases improves patient care. The meeting instilled confidence in me to continue to strive for growth as oncologist, and to consider each patient as an individual, thus tailoring the treatment."

Bertha Nyambe, Namibia
ESMO Summit Africa, Cape Town, February 2024


"By participating in the Summit, I learned about the latest advances in the oncology field, and this will have a significant impact on my daily practice as an oncology trainee. The knowledge and insights gained from the presentations, discussions, and interactions during the meeting will enhance my ability to provide the best possible care to my patients. I will be able to incorporate the latest evidence-based treatment strategies into my clinical decision-making. My experience at the Summit has been immensely valuable and enriching. The thing I appreciated the most was the opportunity to engage with experts and peers from diverse backgrounds. The meeting facilitated networking and collaboration, which not only expanded my professional connections but also exposed me to different perspectives and approaches to cancer management. The exchange of ideas and experiences with colleagues has broadened my understanding and will undoubtedly contribute to my growth as an oncologist."

Luis Roberto Basbus, Argentina
ESMO Summit Latin America, Buenos Aires, April 2023


"The ESMO Summit 2023 has been a great experience. My participation in the Summit has been extremely beneficial since we do not get to attend these meetings frequently in Africa, and this will influence my daily practice. I had the chance of listening to oncology experts discussing on the latest treatment guidelines, allowing me to offer the best quality of care to my patients. All the speakers gave excellent presentations, the cases that were selected were unique and I have really learnt so much out of them. It was also eye-opening as I got to see the challenges that other oncologists are experiencing in other parts of Africa and how we can work in a low resource setting with what we have at hand. The meeting was well organised, and it has been great to have different nationalities participating in the Summit. l look forward to attending more ESMO conferences!"

Phiona Adagi, Kenya
ESMO Summit Africa, Cape Town, February 2023


"The ESMO Summit Africa created a great opportunity to learn about different modalities of treatment of various malignancies in both the international and African contexts. It allowed participants to interact with each other and gain mentorship. I further learned about new cutting-edge treatment options that are available on a global scale. The meeting also highlighted how to best address the challenges present in the African setting and participating has allowed me to improve the standard of treatment for my patients. The experience was eye opening, and I look forward to future meetings!"

Juliet Maina, South Africa
ESMO Summit Africa, Cape Town, February 2022


"The ESMO Summit Latin America was a great opportunity to interact with colleagues and peers and to meet doctors from other countries. Keeping up to date with the latest treatment advances is essential for my daily practice, and this meeting provided me with a thorough summary of the latest updates in oncology. It was enriching to talk about so many topics related to medical oncology and to everyday life, which made me realize that we are not that different after all. In addition, Mexico City was a great location! To me, the Women for Oncology (W4O) initiative for Latin America is the most important aspect that I take away from this meeting. Showing the reality faced by female doctors in all Latin American countries is a pending task that this initiative aims to address, thus improving the conditions in which women work in the area of oncology."

Carla Zurita, Chile
ESMO Summit Latin America, Mexico City, March 2022


"Through this virtual Summit I had the chance to get access to the latest advances in research and to learn about the new treatment modalities for different tumour types, which is important for me in order to be able to select the best treatment options for my patients. I consider my participation in this meeting a very interesting and useful experience also due to the numerous and valuable clinical cases presented, showcasing the best combined therapies in the management of tumours. In particular I really appreciated the session about early and metastatic breast cancer."

Tatjana Smirnova, Latvia
ESMO Virtual Summit Russia, June 2021


"By participating in this virtual meeting, I gained insight into the nuances of management of patients in my day-to-day practice, in particular regarding gastrointestinal malignancies. Highlights of the latest trials and evidence-based management protocols were presented. I was particularly excited to access the latest advances in research and practical case management of a wide variety of oncological diagnoses, despite the virtual environment networking limitations. I appreciated the interactivity of the sessions: after each clinical case presentation there was a discussion lead by experts on the field. The fact that the presentations reported real world cases is very valuable."

Natalie Irwin, South Africa
ESMO Virtual Summit Africa, February 2021


"This meeting was a great opportunity to learn about the most recent updates and trending developments in oncology care on a global scale. An important learning point was the discussion about oncology interventions with the highest benefit to patients. The case presentations and related discussions were the moments I appreciated the most about this meeting. These were ‘eye-opening’ as they highlighted challenges in other African countries. It is important to include regional cases and data so that we can develop best practice guidelines which are in line with the regional settings and resources."

Nazreen Bhim, South Africa
ESMO Summit Africa, Cape Town, February 2020

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