Leticia De Mattos-Arruda is a medical oncologist and translational investigator who obtained her medical degree and completed her Medical Oncology Residency in her hometown of Belo Horizonte in Brazil.
In 2009, Dr De Mattos-Arruda started working as a clinical research fellow conducting translational research projects and clinical trials at the Breast Cancer Centre/Medical Oncology Department and the Phase I units, at the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology in Barcelona, Spain.
She is currently (until end of 2014) working as a visiting investigator at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, USA.
The main interest of Dr De Mattos-Arruda is clinical and translational research in breast cancer and brain tumours, investigating blood-borne circulating biomarkers, genomics and intra-tumour heterogeneity. She was a recipient of an ESMO Translational Research Fellowship (2010-2012), at the Vall d’Hebron Institute, with focus on circulating biomarkers.
She is a member of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and an active member of the Young Oncologist Committee of ESMO and FLIMS Alumni Club (an advisory member of ECCO - the European CanCer Organisation).
We have asked Dr De Mattos-Arruda to tell us a bit more about her involvement in the Young Oncologist Committee, especially to get her tips on developing a productive career in medical oncology:
Could you tell us why you chose to become a medical oncologist?
Oncology is a wonderful speciality with challenges in both science and patient care. Every discovery is a great achievement. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work in the field I like most. As medical oncologists, we have the opportunity to apply laboratory-based knowledge and scientific thinking into the clinic, and that gives us the potential to improve treatment decision-making.
What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?
The ESMO-YOC is an excellent channel for communication and medical education among young oncologists throughout Europe and other continents.
What are your plans for your future career?
As for my future, I want to pursue a career in academic oncology, combining clinical trials and translational research.
Do you have some good advice you would like to share with your international colleagues?
Network, share experiences and create collaborative projects. Participate in the activities of YOC, including the Journal Club, Image of the Month, educational events and special sessions at the ESMO Congress. Apply for fellowship or visit opportunity in another country. While in training or afterwards, play with your strengths and have fun with what you are doing.