A few words from our Associate Editors: Evandro de Azambuja and Erika Martinelli

Evandro de Azambuja

Erika Martinelli

Welcome to the latest edition of ESMO Perspectives!

In this issue, we focus on a theme that is increasingly recognised as integral to all aspects of cancer care: collaboration. A quick internet search reveals numerous recent pieces about the importance of collaboration in cancer research and patient care. ESMO is a strong advocate of the need for collaboration in order to provide patients with the best possible cancer screening, diagnosis, treatments and follow-up, with the ultimate aim to improve patient’s outcomes. We hope the featured articles in this issue will provide insights and inspiration for your future collaborations as we unite in the ongoing battle against this challenging disease, cancer.

We take a look at the longstanding and growing collaboration between ESMO and the World Health Organization (WHO), and learn about some of the global initiatives that ESMO is supporting to help governments prioritise appropriate cancer control interventions. Key WHO representatives describe the expert guidance ESMO is providing to help address important challenges such as access to cancer medicines, the future selection of essential medicines, and estimation of country-specific healthcare workforce needs. Key to this is the essential role of medical oncologists in global public policy, and an insightful ‘Idea’ article describes how medical professional can make a difference to the lives of cancer patients throughout the world by collaborating with the WHO to develop and implement cancer control policies.

By recognising the need to involve experts across disciplines who can offer differing perspectives and expertise when considering potentially controversial areas of cancer management, ESMO is also collaborating with the European Association of Urology (EAU) and the European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO) at Consensus Conferences to develop recommendations for the management of bladder and ovarian cancers. We talked to representatives from each organisation who share their thoughts on this comprehensive approach.

Interprofessional collaboration in cancer care is a hot topic in this era of targeted, personalised cancer therapy, and this year, the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS) will hold their conference during the ESMO 2018 Congress. In addition to facilitating multi-professional team working and networking, this collaboration offers fantastic educational opportunities for both nurses and medical oncologists. There will be further interprofessional collaboration at the ESMO Congress next year which will take place in partnership with the European Association for Cancer Research (EACR). ‘Translating science into better cancer patient care’ is the congress tagline and we explore this in an article looking at the importance to future cancer management of building bridges between oncologists and scientists from the perspectives of a clinical researcher, a clinician/translational researcher and a basic scientist.

A number of feature articles underline the need for collaboration in clinical research, including a report on The International Duration Evaluation of Adjuvant chemotherapy (IDEA) collaboration, the largest ever randomised controlled trial performed in stage III colon cancer that required a tremendous international collaborative effort, while surgical oncologist, Michael Gnant, describes how the opportunity to help thousands of patients through national and international collaboration has driven his involvement in clinical trials. An article looking at discordance in pathological testing for breast cancer highlights the need for further international collaboration among the pathology community. World renowned pathologist Frédérique Penault-Llorca, shares her thoughts on the role of pathologists within the multidisciplinary team, both in the hospital environment and in clinical research.

We also have a selection of motivational stories which include a piece from ESMO member Hampig Kourie based in the Middle East. He describes his personal experience of the valuable support offered by the ESMO network, and an interview with the 2018 Heine H. Hansen Award winner Fabrice Barlesi, who talks to us about his career and the exceptional and inspirational individuals who changed his vision of lung cancer care.

Remember, if you have an inspirational story you would like to share, tell us about it at perspectives@esmo.org. We look forward to hearing from you!

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), Via L. Taddei 4, 6962 Viganello - Lugano, Switzerland. ESMO Perspectives is our digital magazine aiming to give readers a glimpse into the world of ESMO and highlight the dynamic and inspirational professionals involved in every aspect of our Society's work. The opinions or conclusions stated or implied in the articles herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher.