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European School of Oncology


The European School of Oncology (ESO) was founded by Umberto Veronesi and Laudomia Del Drago in 1982, with the aim of reducing the number of deaths from cancer due to late diagnosis and/or inadequate treatment. ESO’s mission is re?ected in its motto “Learning to Care”, which stresses the concept of studying and learning and also of caring for the patient in a global sense. By improving the skills of all health professionals dealing with cancer patients, ESO shortens the length of time needed to transfer knowledge from research centres to daily practice, combining advanced technology with humanism in care.
‘Learning to Care’ is the motto of the School. ESO has always given great importance to the learning process. Since its attention is focused on the clinical aspects of the cancer problem, care is the ultimate goal of its commitment to improve the oncology skills of health professionals. Care and not only treatment is of paramount importance to ESO who believes in the holistic approach to the cancer patient.

ESO’s mission is a response to the demand from Western countries or developed countries where there is a constant increase in the request for education and oncology updates. These are the result of the progression in research into new therapies, technologies and new drugs. Meanwhile in developing countries there is an increase in the demand for oncology education deriving from the forecasted explosion of cancer. The fight against cancer is therefore becoming more and more global. The success which has been gained in the United States and Europe in disease control and which has consequently decreased mortality needs to be disseminated. ESO has faced the process of globalising the fight against cancer with diversity and speed - and in an active and resourceful way by dedicating resources and energy, expanding its work in new cultural areas, new geographical areas and new professional figures, developing and upgrading editorial activities in print and electronically, as well as in e-learning seminars.


The University of Zurich, Faculty of Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine numbers some 3.000 students and awards roughly 270 degrees in human medicine, dentistry, and chiropractic medicine each year. More than 700 qualified instructors are actively involved in teaching activities and, together with the staff from the Dean’s Office, they guarantee a sound research-based education and promote academic career development. The Faculty of Medicine in Zurich is the largest of Switzerland’s six medical schools.
The entire academic staff is fully committed to competent and responsible medical research and teaching. With five University‘s hospitals, the Faculty of Medicine operates in an internationally renowned and dynamic environment. Thanks to its location in the research hub of Zurich, the Faculty of Medicine has unique opportunities to engage in collaborations with other UZH faculties, other universities, ETH Zurich, and the private sector. The Faculty of Medicine is the first address for health care in the Canton of Zurich, and its goal is to consistently improve its medical services for the benefit of society, as set out in the national health strategy 2020 (Health 2020). As such, the Faculty strives to develop research and teaching activities, and measure achievements with the best institutions worldwide.