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Chairs: N. Pavlidis, GR - R.A. Stahel, CH
Scientific Advisors: F. Lordick, DE - R. Popescu, CH

This clinically oriented educational programme has been designed for medical or clinical oncologists who wish to improve their skills or those who are preparing for the national board exam.
The programme will expose participants to a full spectrum of issues in clinical oncology and to practice-oriented training. The programme focuses on breast, gastro-intestinal, lung, genito-urinary, gynaecological, head and neck cancers.
Spotlight sessions will facilitate compact update on mentorship, cancer of unknown primary, molecular tumour board (including liquid biopsy), cultural diversity, basic public speaking, immuno-oncology, melanoma, nutrition, neuroendocrine tumours, burn-out syndrome, early integration in oncology and palliative care, fertility presentation and pregnancy in cancer patients, brain tumours, mind body medicine.

The Masterclass offers plenary lectures regarding state-of-the-art clinical evaluation and treatments with reference to clinical guidelines and which will conclude in take-home messages. Participants will deliver case presentations within tumour boards and small groups and discuss them with the chairmen and the faculty. Informal discussion will be facilitated during the lunches and the aperitifs with the experts.
All participants will reside at the course venue and participation is compulsory throughout the course.
The Masterclass will be entirely in English and fluency in English is necessary for admission.
Participants of the concomitant Masterclass in Nursing Oncology will attend selected medical sessions whilst the communication skills sessions will be attended jointly.

• A 5-day residential educational event
• Full immersion
• Clinically-oriented
• Multidisciplinary
• An international faculty of top experts delivering lectures focusing on genito-urinary, breast, gynaecological, head and neck, gastro-intestinal and lung cancers.

The Masterclass in
Clinical Oncology is an
ESO-ESMO joint event


The Masterclass is held
in collaboration with the
Flims Alumni Club


The 2020 Masterclass is part of
the Masterclass-Online Study
Program in Advanced Oncology
of the University of Ulm




A. Arber, University of Surrey, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Guildford, UK
J. Arends, Freiburg University Hospital, Freiburg, DE
S. Banerjee, The Royal Marsden NHS Trust Foundation, London, UK
G. Curigliano
, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, IT
M. De Santis, Charité University Hospital, Berlin, DE
A. Dietz, University Hospital Leipzig, Leipzig, DE
A. Eggermont, Gustave Roussy Comprehensive Cancer Center, Paris, FR
A. Eniu, Cancer Institute "Ion Chiricuta", Cluj-Napoca, RO
K. Fizazi, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (Paris), FR
T. Gagliardi, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK
W. Gatzemeier, Humanitas Cancer Center, Rozzano, IT
D. Hart, Cameron Communications, London, UK
S. Hillinger, University Hospital, Zurich, CH
A. Hoy, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Epson, UK
S. Joosse, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, DE
N. Koppotsch, Charité University Hospital, Berlin, DE
A. Letsch, Charité University Hospital, Berlin, DE
F. Lordick, University Hospital Leipzig, University Cancer Center, Leipzig, DE
F. Mc Donald, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
R. Orecchia, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, IT
O. Pagani, Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland (IOSI), Bellinzona, CH
N. Pavlidis, University Hospital of Ioannina, Ioannina, GR
F.A. Peccatori, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, IT
M. Pera, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, ES
R. Popescu, Hirslanden Klinik Aarau, Tumor Center, Aarau, CH
G. Pruneri, University of Milan – European Institute of Oncology, Milan, IT
M. Schumacher, Hirslanden Klinik Aarau, Aarau, CH
C. Sessa, Oncology Institute of Southern Switzerland, Bellinzona, CH
L. Sharp, Regional Cancer Centre, Stockholm, SE
R.A. Stahel, University Hospital, Zurich, CH
C. Toumpanakis, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
E. Van Cutsem, University Hospital Leuven, Leuven, BE
R. Verity, King's College London, London, UK
J.B. Vermorken, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem, BE
M. Weller, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, CH
C. Witt, University Hospital Zurich and University of Zurich, Zurich, CH
I. Zapardiel, La Paz University Hospital, Madrid, ES

General information

ORGANISING SECRETARIAT                       
Alice Ciocchini                            
Ph: +39 02 85464529                           
Email: aciocchini@eso.net                         
European School of Oncology
Via Turati, 29
20121 Milan, Italy
Fax: +39 02 85464545

Corinne Hall
Ph: +39 02 85464522
Email: chall@eso.net

Application for CME recognition will be submitted to the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) for ESMO-MORA accreditation, to the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe (ACOE) and to the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). EACCME credits are recognised by the American Medical Association towards the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA).
Information on the status of the applications can be obtained from the organising secretariat.

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Application deadline: 01 December 2019  
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• Age between 30 and 40 years
• At least 2-3 years’ experience in medical oncology or clinical oncology
• Involvement in scientific activities
• Fluency in English

Interested oncologists should apply online (at the top of this page) providing:

• Letter describing motivation for attending;
• Supporting letter from head of department or mentor;
• CV with list of publications (if the list of publications is not provided, it will be assumed that no articles have been published);
• Clinical Case (see below).


Submit an abstract of one page on the template provided at www.eso.net describing a clinical case related to one of the subjects of the Masterclass (genito-urinary cancers, breast cancer, gynaecological cancers, head and neck cancer, gastro-intestinal cancers, lung cancer).
You will have to present your case at the Masterclass in format of a clinical grand round discussion. Please provide a straightforward case of your daily clinical practice – no uncommon or extremely rare case. A maximum of 10 slides will be permitted containing:
• Diagnostic considerations;
• Treatment;
• Results, follow-up;
• At least three questions proposed for discussion with the faculty.

Participants will be asked to bring their personal laptop or tablet (wireless enabled) to the Masterclass as an event-dedicated website will be created and all questionnaires and certificates will be accessible only from there. Any potential problems with meeting this request should be communicated to the secretariat as part of the application process.

Successful applicants are granted free registration and accommodation

Before you start completing the online application form, please be sure you have all the requested files (CV, Motivation letter, Supporting letter, Professional experience template and Abstract template) ready to be uploaded to the system. Online applications will not be complete unless all the files are uploaded.

• Download HERE your Professional experience template
•  Download HERE your Abstract template


21 March

    Participants' arrival, airport transfers, registration
 13:00   Lunch      
 14:00   Focus on ESO, ESMO and EONS
N. Pavlidis, GR - R. Stahel, CH - R. Verity, UK
14:30   Communication Skills Workshop - 2 Groups
A. Arber, UK - A. Hoy, UK       
14:30   Warm up + Case presentations by participants - 2 Groups
R. Popescu, CH - R.A. Stahel, CH
  Coffee break
17:00   Communication Skills Workshop - 2 Groups 
A. Arber, UK - A. Hoy, UK
  Warm up + Case presentations by participants - 2 Groups
F. Lordick, DE - N. Pavlidis, GR
20:00   Dinner    


 22 March

 8:15   Clinical session Lung cancer   
Chair: R.A. Stahel, CH
    Systemic therapy for NSCLC without oncogenic driver mutations
R.A. Stahel, CH
Systemic therapy for NSCLC with oncogenic driver mutation
R.A. Stahel, CH
Radiotherapy in the treatment of NSCLC
F. Mc Donald, UK
Multimodality treatment of SCLC
F. Mc Donald, UK
General discussion   
11:00   Coffee break  
 11:30   Tumour board Lung cancer    
R.A. Stahel, CH - F. Mc Donald, UK - S. Hillinger, CH
 12:30   Spotlight session Burnout syndrome
S. Banerjee, UK  
 13:00   Lunch with the expert
 14:00   Spotlight session Mentorship   
R.A. Stahel, CH
 14:30   Spotlight session Molecular Tumour Board (including Liquid Biopsy)
S. Joosse, DE
 15:10   Spotlight session Cultural Diversity
L. Sharp, SE
15:40   Spotlight session Basic public speaking
D. Hart, UK
 16:25   Case presentations by participants (4 groups)
F. Lordick, DE - N. Pavlidis, GR - R. Popescu, CH - R.A. Stahel, CH
 18:30   Networking Aperitif
 19:30   Dinner


 23 March

  Clinical session Gastro-intestinal tumours   
Chair: E. van Cutsem, BE  
    Systemic treatment in early and advanced gastric cancer   
F. Lordick, DE     
Principles of oncological surgery - the example of esophago-gastric surgery   
M. Pera, ES
Pancreatic cancer   
R. Popescu, CH
Systemic treatment in adjuvant setting in colon cancer   

E. van Cutsem, BE     
10:15   Coffee break         
    Systemic treatment in advanced colon cancer
E. van Cutsem, BE
The role of surgery in stage IV gastrointestinal cancer 
M. Pera, ES
    General discussion
12:00   Tumour board Gastro-intestinal tumours    
F. Lordick, DE - R. Popescu, CH - E. van Cutsem, BE - M. Pera, ES
13:00   Lunch with the expert
14:00   Spotlight session Case presentations (3 cases) on Immunoncology
G. Curigliano, IT
14:45   Spotlight session Immunoncology
G. Curigliano, IT
 15:40   Spotlight session Melanoma
A. Eggermont, FR
16:30   Spotlight session Nutrition
J. Arends, DE
 18:30   Networking Aperitif      


 24 March

8:15   Clinical session Breast cancer (early and advanced)   
Chairs: O. Pagani, CH - A. Eniu, RO  
T. Gagliardi, UK
W. Gatzemeier, IT
G. Pruneri, IT
Radiation therapy
R. Orecchia, IT
Systemic treatment
O. Pagani, CH
10:20   Coffee break        
    (Advanced breast cancer pathway)
Systemic treatment
G. Curigliano, IT
Palliative care
R. Verity, UK
Oligometastatic disease
A. Eniu, RO 
12:00   Tumour board Breast cancer    
G. Curigliano, IT - O. Pagani, CH - W. Gatzemeier, IT - A. Eniu, RO - G. Pruneri, IT - R. Orecchia, IT - T. Gagliardi, UK - R. Verity, UK
13:00   Lunch with the expert
14:00   Spotlight session Cancer of unknown primary   
N. Pavlidis, GR
14:45   Spotlight session Neuroendocrine tumours
C. Toumpanakis, UK
15:15   Spotlight session Women in oncology and early integration in oncology and palliative care
A. Letsch, DE
15:55   Spotlight session Case presentation by a doctor and a nurse
A. Letsch, DE - N. Koppotsch, DE
 18:30   Networking Aperitif    
 19:30   Dinner + special evening    


 25 March

8:15   Clinical session Genito-urinary cancers   
Chair: K. Fizazi, FR
    Localized prostate cancer   
M. Schumacher, CH
Treatment of metastatic castration sensitive prostate cancer   
K. Fizazi, FR      
Castration-resistant prostate cancer   
K. Fizazi, FR      
Metastatic renal cancer: evidence-based treatment   
M. De Santis, DE  
Treatment of bladder cancer
M. De Santis, DE
General discussion                  
10:45   Coffee break
11:15   Tumour board Genito-urinary cancers    
K. Fizazi, FR - R. Orecchia, IT - M. Schumacher, CH -M. De Santis, DE
12:15   Spotlight session Fertility preservation and pregnancy in cancer patients
F.A. Peccatori, IT
13:00   Lunch with the expert
 14:00   Clinical session Head and neck cancer   
Chair: Jan B. Vermorken, NL
    Prognostic factors and surgical approach  
A. Dietz, DE     
R. Orecchia, IT
Systemic therapy and radio- chemo-therapy   
J.B. Vermorken, NL
General discussion

 16:00   Tumour board Head & Neck cancer
A. Dietz, DE - R. Orecchia, IT - J.B. Vermorken, NL
16:30   Spotlight session Brain tumours
M. Weller, CH
18:30   Networking Aperitif
19:30   Dinner


 26 March

 8:15   Clinical session Gynaecological cancers   
J.B. Vermorken, BE
    Screening of endometrial and cervical cancer
C. Sessa, CH
Role of surgery in gynecological cancers
I. Zapardiel, ES
Systemic management of ovarian cancer
J.B. Vermorken, BE
Management of endometrial and cervical cancer
C. Sessa, CH
10:30   Coffee break
 11:00   Tumour board Gynaecological cancers (2 cases)
J.B. Vermorken, DE - C. Sessa, CH - I. Zapardiel, ES
11:30   Learning Assessment Test
 12:30   Spotlight session Body mind medicine
C. Witt, CH
 13:00   Closing remarks (13:00 - 13:15)



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