SSO 2021

SSO 2021 is Virtual – Plan Now and Submit Your Abstracts

SSO 2021Please plan to join colleagues virtually at the SSO 2021 – International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care, March 18 – 20, 2021. As we look to March, we are very excited to build upon what we have learned from the SSO 2020 Virtual Meeting and offer a significantly enhanced interactive and engaging experience with networking opportunities. The Scientific Program Committee and Annual Meeting Reimagination Task Force will be exploring innovative ways of delivering practice-changing content, sharing wisdom and expertise, and enabling peer-to-peer connections at the Virtual Meeting. Further information will be shared in the near future.

Submit Your Abstract by October 26, 2020

The SSO Scientific Program Committee invites and encourages SSO members, residents, fellows, students, and researchers involved in cancer care to submit their scientific work to make SSO 2021 exceptional.

Click here for the Call for Abstracts Reference Guide.

Call for Abstracts Key Information

Important Dates

October 26, 2020Abstract Submission Deadline
Early-December 2020Abstract Notifications Sent to Presenter/Submitter
December 14, 2020Abstract Withdrawal Deadline
January 2021Abstracts Added to Online Schedule
March 2021Abstracts Published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology
March 18-20, 2021SSO 2021 Virtual Meeting
Submission Categories The Scientific Program Committee seeks abstracts in the following categories:
  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Endocrine
  • Hepato-pancreato-biliary (including pancreas)
  • Melanoma
  • Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  • Quality Improvement/Clinical Outcomes for Specific Disease Sites
  • Sarcoma
  • Thoracic
  • Upper Gastrointestinal (lips to ileocecal valve, including esophagus and stomach
  • Other: Urology/Head & Neck
  • Sub-categories: Team Science and Disparities in Surgical Oncologic Care
  • Video: Techniques or Interesting Cases
Contests and Awards SSO is offering several awards for abstracts submitted for SSO 2021. You may request consideration for the following contests when submitting your abstract. Applicants for the awards are limited to those who submit an abstract for consideration by the SSO Scientific Program Committee by the abstract submission deadline. Award consideration criteria are detailed below and are included in the submission instructions (step 2) on the submission site. Please check all boxes appropriate to the award(s) for which you wish to be considered. Papers published or presented elsewhere prior to March 17, 2021 are not eligible for an award. James Ewing Harvey Baker Traveling Fellow Award Each year the SSO awards a $600 grant to a postdoctoral oncology trainee whose paper is accepted for presentation at SSO 2021 to help underwrite their research. Annual Resident/Fellow Essay Awards (Clinical Research and Basic Science Research) SSO offers two $600 Resident/Fellow Essay Awards: one for the best Clinical Research paper and one for the best Basic Science Research paper. Dr. Thomas K. Weber Colorectal Cancer Research Scholar Award The Colon Cancer Foundation and the SSO developed this award in 2011 to recognize excellence in translational research focused on the molecular biology of colorectal cancer. This award was renamed in 2020 to honor the late Dr. Thomas Weber, the Colon Cancer Foundation’s founder. This award is made annually to a postdoctoral surgical oncology fellow whose work is being presented at the International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care and includes a $600 grant to a postdoctoral surgical oncology trainee to help underwrite their research. SSO Poster Contest Each year, SSO offers two Poster Contest Awards; one for the best Basic/Transitional Research Poster and one for the best Clinical Research Poster. Each award is for $500. Click here for the Call for Abstracts Reference Guide. Further Questions? If you have any questions regarding the Call for Abstracts or SSO 2021, please call the SSO during business hours at 847-427-1400 or email
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