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Domietta Del Drago fellowship fund

The European School of Oncology (ESO) was established in Milan, Italy, on the 8th October 1982. Its two principle founders were Professor Umberto Veronesi, the visionary surgeon who had just published his seminal paper on conservative surgery for breast cancer in the New England Journal of Medicine, and Princess Laudomia (Domietta) Del Drago, distinguished member of the Roman aristocracy and a breast cancer survivor. Veronesi had the original idea of a school of oncology for Europeans inspired by European medical knowledge and tradition. He became the first chair of the School’s Scientific Committee, which initially included the Swiss medical oncologist and haematologist Franco Cavalli, the Belgian urologist Louis Denis, the British radiotherapist Michael Peckham and the Dutch medical oncologist Bob Pinedo.

Del Drago gave the School its first donation (first of a long series!) and became President of the School’s Board of Directors. She continued to support ESO throughout her life and when she passed away in 2019 she asked her daughter, Donella, to ensure their family continued its financial commitment to the European School of Oncology, together with our private European donors.

The Domietta Del Drago fellowship fund was established in January 2020 in her memory and has the scope of providing financial aid to doctors and nurses who have successfully passed the selection process for one of ESO’s educational programmes, but have difficulties in covering the costs of their participation.

Priority for financial aid will be given to participants in the Clinical Masterclasses in Oncology and in the Certificates of Competence Programme. For further information please contact chall@eso.net.