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Top cancer specialists receive ESMO awards
Date:9/15/2010

Lugano, 15 September 2010 -- The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) honors three eminent cancer specialists for their contribution to the advancement of medical research. The awards will be presented to Hilary Calvert, Alberto Costa and Bengt Glimelius at the 35th ESMO Congress, to take place from 8-12 October in Milan, Italy.

Dr Alberto Costa will be presented with the 2010 ESMO Award for his key role in the development of international guidelines for breast cancer and his ongoing commitment to the education of oncologists. This distinction is conferred on an ESMO member who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of oncology in Europe and who recognizes the importance of promoting oncology as a specialty within the international community.

Dr Costa's many achievements include participation in the famous Milan Trial (local control and survival in early breast cancer), in the St. Gallen Consensus Report, and the development of chemoprevention. Scientific communication has also been an important part of his work.

On the current standard of care for breast cancer patients in Europe, Dr Costa highlights "the European concept of multidisciplinary care, which makes treatment safer. Europe also has the advantage of public national health so there is less inequality than in other parts of the world". Last but not least, Dr Costa has supported various patient advocacy groups including the well-known 'Europa Donna' cancer coalition. "Patients nowadays are very aware and have a huge amount of information. Their participation in groups helps improve practice for example by helping us rewrite the 'informed consent letters' in a comprehensible language. Patients have also helped us to understand that oncologists need to improve their communications skills."

Dr Alberto Costa is currently the Coordinator of the Breast Surgery Unit at the Maugeri Foundation in Pavia, Italy, and Coordinator of the Canton Ticino B
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Contact: Vanessa Pavinato
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European Society for Medical Oncology
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