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Breast Cancer programme

Scientific Advisor: Olivia Pagani, Riviera-Chablais Hospital, Rennaz, Switzerland

From o
ur very beginning, ESO has devoted special attention to breast cancer, the most common cancer in women worldwide. Our founder Umberto Veronesi, dedicated much of his career towards breast cancer research and it is the specialty research field of our CEO, Alberto Costa.

For the past 30 years, ESO has stressed, through dedicated educational events and sessions, the crucial need for a multidisciplinary disease approach, encouraging the active involvement of patients.

ESO has also been a tireless activist for the establishment and accreditation of Breast Units all over Europe, aiming at substantially improving the outcomes of patients with both early and advanced breast cancer.

As an active member of the Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI), ESO is focused on eliminating the disparities in breast cancer care around the world. We continue to be a working collaborator in several WHO and UICC initiatives.

Our Collaborations and work in breast cancer
ESO has been instrumental in the establishment of EUSOMA (European Society of Breast specialists) and its first official journal, The Breast, the Breast Centres Network (formerly SenoNetwork) programme, as well as Europa Donna (the European Breast Cancer Coalition) and the Milan Breast Cancer Conference.

Over the years ESO developed and supported  together with ESMO, both the International Consensus Conference for Advanced Breast Cancer (ABC) and the Breast Cancer in Young Women International Conference (BCY), held every 2 years to define the international consensus guidelines to manage patients in these challenging disease settings. 

The latest ABC Guidelines
Advanced Breast Cancer - Fifth ESO-ESMO International Consensus Conference

The latest BCY Guidelines
ESO-ESMO 4th International Consensus Guidelines for Breast Cancer in Young Women

ESO established the ABC Global Alliance as a multi-stakeholder platform for all those interested in collaborating in common projects in ABC around the world. The Alliance, chaired by Dr. Fatima Cardoso from Lisbon, Portugal, is made up of individuals and organisations interested in ABC. The Alliance is dedicated to improving and extending the lives of women and men worldwide by actively fighting for a cure. Further information is available at www.abcglobalalliance.org.

Certificate of Competence in Breast Cancer
In co-operation with Ulm University, ESO has established the Certificate of Competence in Breast Cancer (CCB) Programme, an academically recognised curriculum of studies, developed with the contribution of internationally recognised physicians and scientists in the field.

The programme is ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) accredited across Europe
Further information can be found here

Future events
Information on future events in this area can be found here

Fellowship Opportunities
ESO also offers Clinical Training Centres Fellowship placements in Breast Cancer at various centres of excellence across Europe. Further details on this programme can be found here.

Online Learning Opportunities


e-ESO is the European School of Oncology’s online learning platform, providing free educational excellence wherever you are in the world. e-ESO offers different e-learning materials on this topic:
Breast Cancer e-Sessions
Breast Cancer Pathways
Breast Cancer online course

For further information regarding the programme please contact: breast@eso.net

Breast cancer