Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons

A Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons (GFCS), organized by the Society of Surgical Oncology, convened for the first time on March 17, 2017 at SSO 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Representatives from 10 global oncology societies participated in this forum. As a result of this meeting, a Declaration of Intent, which outlined several objectives to improve surgical care and increase surgical leadership on the global state was published in the September 2017 issue of the Annals of Surgical Oncology: GFCS Declaration of Intent

The second GFCS meeting was held on March 22, 2018 at SSO 2018, in Chicago, Illinois. Representatives from 12 countries/regions participated in this forum. Following this meeting, a manuscript titled, “Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons: A Steady Voice for Cancer Surgeons to Improve Surgical Care for Cancer Patients Globally”, was published in the June 2018 online version of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. This manuscript establishes that the GFCS “speaks as one voice for all cancer surgeons to guarantee the most cohesive, viable, and vital representation on the global stage”.

Currently in development is a manuscript that identifies barriers to surgical care for cancer patients in different countries/regions. Several global oncology societies provided qualitative data to the SSO and Dr. Chandrakanth Are is spearheading this effort. This manuscript will be published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology in the following months.

A third, in-person GFCS meeting will be held at SSO 2019 in San Diego, California. If your global oncology society is interested in participating in the GFCS, please contact SSO staff at