I’m a Medical Oncologist from Lisbon Portugal.
I received my medical training in CHLN- Hospital de Santa Maria, where I finished my specialization in 2014.
After that, I worked as a medical oncologist in the Lusíadas Hospital, Lisbon, until 2016.
I’m also a military doctor. I entered the Portuguese Air Force in 2000, and my medical career cannot be separated from my military career, which I’m very proud of!
Currently, I’m doing my Ph.D. in Tubingen, Germany, in the Universitatsklinikum - Dermatooncology Center. My primary clinical interests are skin cancers, and the coordination between clinical investigation, particularly investigators initiative trials and real-world patients.
In combination with my colleagues, I would really like to help building opportunities and Young Oncologists' careers within ESMO, particularly the Portuguese YO.
A very close partnership has been developed lately between ESMO YO, Portuguese YO group and the Portuguese Medical Oncology Society (SPO). I truly think that it cannot be done any other way. Our collaboration will certainly give some results in the future.
Could you tell us why you chose to become a medical oncologist?
I could not have opted for any other area, now that I look back. However, my choice was very much influenced by some personal and professional advice from my mentor at the time, Dr. Manuel Domingos, who was a medical oncologist from the Portuguese Air Force. He was able to show me at that point, how pleasing my career could become if I choose to be a medical oncologist. I just have to thank him for that.
Medical oncology can combine several aspects that I most value in my daily life as a physician: contact with patients and family, clinical investigation, therapeutic innovation and multidisciplinarity.
I love being a doctor. The fact that I can discuss my patients with other colleagues, that I can use my time to do clinical research, and that the combined research of all the dedicated doctors and scientists can change our patient's perspectives (survival, quality of life, among others) is what drives me forward.
What does your involvement with ESMO and the Young Oncologists Committee (YOC) mean to you?
The ESMO-YO group is an excellent opportunity to know other people from very different areas, not only medical doctors, with whom we can collaborate and expand our knowledge and contributions.
This is a very solid group, with people that are genuinely interested in changing the perspective for the YO in their country. They are hard working and innovative people, with whom I have the privilege to work. We all have common questions, but also particular national issues, that we try to address together. All ideas are welcome, and collaboration is a reality.
What are your plans for your future career?
As for my future, I would like to combine my clinical work with an academic career. I would also like to maintain my work associated with Phase II and III clinical trials and to develop some of the ongoing projects that I’ve already started in the YOC group. I’m very excited to see where this collaboration will take us.
Do you have some good advice you would like to share with your international colleagues?
In science and clinic, collaboration is the key. It is becoming more and more difficult, not to say impossible, to work alone these days. We just need to be open to creating a national but also international network that can improve our results, our investigation. Define your goals clearly, and the teams that can help you achieve them.
ESMO YOC can for sure help you with this task, directly or through all the available symposia, preceptorships, ESMO Congress YOC track, fellowships. They are all available (most of them are free!) and highly valuable. Please apply and spread your experience!
Finally, enjoy your work and the life that comes with it :-)