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Our Mission

The Society of Surgical Oncology is a dynamic global community of cancer surgeons shaping advancements in the profession to deliver the highest quality surgical care for cancer patients. SSO promotes leading-edge research, quality standards and knowledge exchange, connecting cancer surgeons worldwide to continuously improve cancer outcomes. Our highly regarded educational resources inspire members and spur each cancer surgeon to grow, improve and thrive. These exceptional resources include the Annals of Surgical Oncology, the leading publication in surgical oncology, ExpertEd@SSO, the Society’s educational platform with numerous free-of-charge surgical oncology resources, SurgOnc Today® podcast program, featuring informative interviews with authorities in surgical oncology and signature event, the International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care.

The mission of the Society of Surgical Oncology is to improve multidisciplinary patient care by advancing the science, education and practice of cancer surgery worldwide.

Advocate for the cancer patient through integrity and ethical conduct.

Foster quality through improved understanding of cancer biology, compassionate communication and optimizing outcomes across the continuum of cancer care.

Lifelong Learning
Provide ongoing education in multidisciplinary cancer care.

Provide leadership to the public and health professionals on the importance of surgery in multidisciplinary cancer care and to develop the discipline and its providers for the future.

Committed to innovation and fostering better patient care.

History of the Society of Surgical Oncology

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