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Dear Colleagues and Friends

Over the last two years I have had the privilege and honour to serve as the President of ESMO. As my term comes to a close I would like to reflect on the wonderful achievements we have had during this time.

Health is a human right. This belief has guided my Presidency and shaped many important ESMO projects designed to ensure that clinicians and policymakers have the knowledge and tools they need to make the best possible decisions for cancer patients.

Under my predecessor, Prof. Rolf Stahel, ESMO coined the phrase ‘Across Oncology. Worldwide’, which signified the Society’s determination to consolidate collaboration between different disciplines and across different geographies in the fight against cancer.

This was an important step and over the past two years we have been making significant strides towards realising everyone’s right to receive the best cancer diagnosis, treatment and care regardless of where in the world they live. We have made those strides by focusing on a number of critical areas including education and public policy, while at the same time reinforcing the importance of ESMO congresses as essential platforms for sharing best practice.

Record-breaking events