From: 02/12/2017 to: 04/12/2017 ESO-ESMO-RCE Clinical Update on Rare Adult Solid Cancers, Milan, Italy                                        From: 15/12/2017 to: 18/12/2017 6th Arab and Southern European Countries Masterclass in Clinical Oncology, Limassol, Cyprus                                        From: 22/01/2018 to: 26/01/2018 University Post-graduate Course - Clinical Oncology: Sarcomas, Milan, Italy                                        From: 05/02/2018 to: 09/02/2018 University Post-graduate Course - Clinical Oncology: Head & neck cancers, Milan, Italy                                        From: 23/02/2018 to: 25/02/2018 3rd ESO Masterclass in Cancer Patient Advocacy , Lisbon, Portugal                                        From: 24/03/2018 to: 29/03/2018 17th ESO-ESMO Masterclass in Clinical Oncology, Nauen OT Groß Behnitz (Berlin area), Germany                                        From: 24/03/2018 to: 29/03/2018 11th ESO-EONS Masterclass in Oncology Nursing , Nauen OT Groß Behnitz (Berlin area), Germany                                        From: 18/04/2018 to: 22/04/2018 4th ESO-ESMO Latin-American Masterclass in Clinical Oncology, Mexico City, Mexico                                        From: 17/05/2018 to: 18/05/2018 8th ESO-CNIO Conference on Familial Cancer, Madrid, Spain                                        From: 18/05/2018 to: 22/05/2018 3rd Masterclass on Systematic Reviews in Cancer Care, Guidelines and Research, Belfast, United Kingdom                                        From: 15/06/2018 to: 20/06/2018 5th ESO-ESMO Eastern Europe and Balkan Region Masterclass in Medical Oncology, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia                                        From: 16/06/2018 to: 21/06/2018 7th ESO-SIOP Europe Masterclass in Paediatric Oncology, Nauen OT Groß Behnitz (Berlin area), Germany                                        From: 19/07/2018 to: 25/07/2018 ESMO-ESO Course on Medical Oncology for Medical Students, Valencia, Spain                                        From: 27/08/2018 to: 07/09/2018 ESO-ESSO-ESTRO Multidisciplinary Course in Oncology for Medical Students, Poznan, Poland                                        From: 20/09/2018 to: 22/09/2018 1st ESO-EONS Eastern Europe and Balkan Region Masterclass in Oncology Nursing, Budapest, Hungary                                        From: 27/09/2018 to: 29/09/2018 Update Skills in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Leipzig, Germany                                        From: 6/10/2018 to: 8/10/2018 4th ESO-ESMO Breast Cancer in Young Women International Conference, Lugano, Switzerland                                        From: 30/10/2018 to: 31/10/2018 10th Clinical Oncology Update - Onkologia 2018, Krakow, Poland                                        From: 10/11/2018 to: 13/11/2018 ESO-ASCO Masterclass in Clinical Oncology, Yerevan, Armenia
Rare Tumours programme
Paolo Casali, Milan, IT

ESO joins the worldwide movement about rare cancers. ESO is already covering pediatric cancers (all of which are rare) and haematological cancers (many of which are rare) and has now decided to set up a specific programme on rare solid cancers of the adult. There is a huge educational gap on these tumors, which ESO will help fill.

According to the RARECARE project, rare solid cancers of the adult make up 15% of all new cancer cases, being the following:

 2.  Rare thoracic tumors (mesothelioma, thymic neoplasms)   
 3.  Neuroendocrine tumors    
 4.  Endocrine gland tumors   
 5.  Head & neck cancers
 6.  Central nervous system neoplasms
 7.  Digestive rare cancers    
 8.  Rare urological and male genital tumors   
 9.  Rare female genital cancers   
 10.  Rare skin cancers & non-cutaneous melanoma

There is a growing demand for medical education of young oncologists willing to devote their professional life to some or all rare adult solid cancers. So, ESO will collaborate with the University of Milan, and launch a programme of postgraduate courses in this field. Each course will focus on one of the ten families of rare cancers listed above, in a multidisciplinary context. The first two courses will be held at the beginning of 2018: Sarcomas (for information click here) and Head and neck cancers (click here). 

In partnership with ESMO, every year ESO will organize an annual Advanced Course, Clinical Update on Rare Adult Solid Cancers, as a regular appointment for clinical oncologists and to keep them updated on novelties about rare adult solid cancers.

ESO is aware that medical education should tackle rarity appropriately. Standard medical education is unlikely to succeed when trainees do not regularly encounter the disease in their everyday practice. This is the reason why educational efforts on rare cancers should be preferably shaped with a view to the healthcare facilities in the community, especially looking at existing networks. In fact, networking is the keyword to improve quality of care of rare cancers. In the end, educational efforts should try to be instrumental to existing healthcare networks covering rare cancers. Thus, ESO is involved in the Joint Action on Rare Cancers of the European Union, a project coordinated by the Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, and EURACAN, the European Reference Network on rare adult solid cancers. 

In addition, ESO joined the European rare cancer community with a seat in the Steering committee of Rare Cancers Europe (RCE), the multi-stakeholder effort launched by ESMO in partnership with clinical and research communities, patient groups, industries, as a “think-tank” to tackle the several issues posed by rare cancers.

For further information regarding these programme please contact:
Marina Fregonese
Rare Tumours Programme