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Bruna Zucchetti (Brazil) - 6 month observership in Breast Cancer at the European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy

During my 6 months of CTC in breast cancer at the European Instutite of Oncology, Dr Curigliano was my tutor and, with him, I had the opportunity to see a great number of breast cancer patients with an evidence-based treatment decision that really enhaced my clinical experience in this area. I had also the opportunity to learn how to treat very rare kinds of breast tumors with complex treatments, sometimes with experimental drugs, which I don’t have access in my daily routine working in Brazil. So, I finish my clinical training with another perspective of the way I treat cancer patients. Another thing that I should point out is that, during this period, I had time to study more about breast cancer and was able to publish some articles about this topic that improved my curriculum.  I believe my clinical training was a very productive time to me. Now that I have returned to Brazil I realized how my CTC enhaced my knowledge in breast cancer and how I feel much more confident in my clinical decisions and have more skills to better treat cancer patients.

Mai Khaled Bishr (Egypt) – 3 month observership in Paediatric Oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK

On observing the whole workflow and integrated patient management, I learnt about the importance of providing proper support for cancer patients, not just medical care. I believe I can implement that in the hospital where I work by involving more nurses, social workers and psychiatrists in patients’ management. I learnt about specific radiotherapy techniques and I will transfer this knowledge to my colleagues and supervisors at work. One example is total body irradiation technique using forward planning prior to stem cell transplantation in haematological malignancies in children.

I carried out 2 retrospective research projects and I am expected to publish these results internationally within a few months.  Having my training in a renowned center like the Royal Marsden where numerous clinical trials are running expanded my knowledge and familiarity with trials protocols and quality assurance. I am also looking forward for the possibility of my hospital to take part in one of those trials. The attendance of multidisciplinary meetings, journal clubs and teaching sessions were extremely beneficial and I learnt a lot.

Mobil Akhmedov (Russia Federation) - 6 month observership in Leukemia & Lymphoma at Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Ulm, Germany

First of all ESO Clinical Training Center Fellowship Program provided a great opportunity to strengthen skills in treating patients with hematological and oncological diseases and in the bone marrow transplantation setting that I will be able to use in my daily clinical activities at my home institute. Secondly, by running my own research project at the Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm I was able to develop skills in organizing and conducting research. These two factors - clinical competence and research orientation - are essential for young oncology physician and were strongly improved during this training. I believe that this training is a starting and very confident point for my further career development. Acquired contacts with the host institute will contribute to further research projects at my home institute.

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