History of BASO ~ the Association of Cancer Surgery
The British Association of Surgical Oncology was formed in 1972 to further the philosophy that the management of malignant disease was becoming a multidisciplinary challenge. The steering committee organised the first scientific meeting in summer 1973 at which Ronald Raven was confirmed as the first President of the Association. After the James Ewing Society - Society for Surgical Oncology, BASO ~ ACS is the second oldest national surgical oncology association in the world.
In 2003 the Association changed its name to BASO ~ The
Association for Cancer Surgery and expanded its membership to allow
specialist nurses and other allied professionals to join the
Association. BASO~ACS now has over 700 members drawn from the UK
and around the world.
The Association has now run over 60 National Meetings. These are
now held annually at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, or
another venue in the UK. In addition, the Association has met on
numerous occasions with other national surgical oncology
associations including the German, Indian and Sri Lankan
The Association has close links to the European Society of
Surgical Oncology, which was founded in 1981, and now offers its
members affiliate membership of ESSO. BASO ~ ACS and ESSO jointly
own the European Journal of Surgical Oncology with its current
publishers, Elsevier. The first issue of the EJSO was produced in
March 1985 and the Associations continue to have a representative
on the Editorial Board.