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Welcome to BASO ~ The Association for Cancer Surgery
BASO ~ The Association for Cancer Surgery is the Association that speaks as an umbrella organisation for surgical specialties treating people with malignant diseases. BASO ~ ACS was founded in 1971 by Ronald Raven, Surgical Oncologist, as a forum for surgical research and training for the benefit of patients with cancer. The Association represents surgeons and their centres across the United Kingdom & Ireland and has influence beyond.

BASO Annual Scientific (virtual) Conference 2021

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Meeting Theme: 'Innovation'

Dates for your diary

BASO Trainees Meeting: 20th November
BASO Annual Meeting: 21st-22nd November

Registration Closing on: Tuesday, 16th November by 5pm

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CPD Accredited Programme: 7 CPD points awarded to each day of the programme


BASO AGM: 21st November at 4.30pm (via Zoom webinar)

AGM is open to BASO members only. Please note: AGM registration is seperate to the Annual Scientific Meeting.

BASO Trainees AGM: 20th November at 4.30pm via Zoom webinar
AGM is open to BASO Trainees members only.  CLICK HERE to register for the BASO Trainees AGM. (Please note: AGM registration is seperate to the Annual Scientific Meeting).


BASO Continues to collaborate with UK Oncology Forum, a clinically focused national pan-tumour meeting.

This year, BASO will deliver a session on 'Pan-Tumour Surgical Oncology' chaired by Mr Zaed Hamady, BASO VP. We hope that you will join Zaed and the BASO Speaker Team.  Meeting is FREE for all to attend and CME accredited.

UKoncology Forum 2021

Click here for meeting Programme and to Register.


BASO Grants and Fellowship

Application submissions are now closed for the 2021 round of BASO Raven Travelling Fellowship and  BASO (NIHR) Project Grant.


♦ BASO~ACS Awards and  Fellowship - British Association of Surgical Oncology takes great pride in awarding those professionals and trainees in recognition of their outstanding achievement in and contribution to the cancer surgery; it's research and education. visit our Education & Training Section for more information on the BASO endorsed courses.


'Global Health Medal' awarded to BASO's 'Director of Education'


BASO~ACS  are delighted and proud that their Director of Education, Dr Afsana Elanko was awarded the Global Health Medal for her valued contributions to medical education and healthcare at the Global Health Awards in London on 5th October. This is a prestigious prize awarded only once a decade. The award was given in recognition of the work that Afsana has done for both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. The oration was given by Professor Robert Kirby, President of BASO~ACS.  Other members of the National Council were in attendance to support her.

Afsana has built and maintained  links at the highest levels with other surgical societies, the surgical Royal Colleges and the main regulatory body, the General Medical Council. BASO benefits from Afsana's links as well as her drive and initiative. The President and National Council of BASO~ACS congratulate Dr Elanko on this well deserved award.


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