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Personalised Medicine for Cancer: The Future or a Fantasy?

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As part of the fantastic MedSoc Mondays programme, MedSoc Oncology proudly hosted our first debate on February 1st between two of UCL’s brilliant Professors of Oncology; Daniel Hochhauser and Charles Swanton. Both speakers chose their sides and chose to take the tough options, with Prof Swanton, whose research focuses on developing personalised therapies choosing to argue against the role of personalised interventions and Prof Hochhauser putting aside his own stance to argue for a personalised approach. Our speakers set out their arguments in opening statements before an entertaining and broad-ranging open debate, covering issues such as costs of therapy, scientific challenges and even the definition of the personalised therapies about which they were debating! There was an excellent rapport between Prof Hochhauser and Prof Swanton, with some amusing criticisms of each other’s arguments being thrown about, much to the pleasure of the audience. The audience had an opportunity to ask questions and there were many insightful and interesting questions, which brought yet more important topics up for discussion. Overall the debate was very informative and we were delighted to hear that so many of the audience enjoyed it. It was a great privilege to be able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of our two speakers. Please do keep an eye out for future MedSoc Oncology events and owing to the success of this debate, we will surely hold another in the future!

InspireMEdicine Conference – “A Whistlestop Tour of Cancer Care”

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We hope you enjoyed the workshop at this year’s InspireMEdicine Conference, which was kindly hosted and conducted by Dr Kai-Keen Shiu from UCLH.

Oncology is a well balanced specialty requiring both scientific bent as well as good decision making and communication. The aim of the workshop was to provide everyone with a broad overview of the skills oncologists require and the cases they run into on a daily basis, and we hope it made you slightly more interested in a career in oncology!

Here are the slides for the workshop, kindly put together and provided by Dr Shiu:

EMSO Oncology Conference

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Here’s a quick shoutout to Year 4 and 5 medical students who are interested in oncology! Check out this really cool opportunity! ESO Course on Medical Oncology for Medical Students 2016

Valencia, Spain – 14 Jul – 19 Jul 2016

This five-day residential course is open to fourth and fifth year medical students providing insight into all aspects of medical oncology, enabling students to get a full picture of this challenging and interesting professional field before making the choice of their specialisation.

Through a condensed, high-standard educational programme, ESMO and ESO aim to motivate medical students to commit to working in this fast-evolving field for the benefit of cancer patients.

Term 1 for MedSoc Oncology

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Our first term kicked off with the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning”, held to raise funds in support of MacMillan Cancer Care.  The event was a success, raising approximately £190, 75% more than last year’s inaugural bake sale.  Our subcommittee got together to bake a number of cakes and to tend the store, and this served as a good team building activity.


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The flagship event this term has been our talk entitled “Immunotherapy: A Shining Beacon in the War Against Cancer”.  We had the pleasure of hearing from Dr Sergio Quezada, one of the leading authorities on immunotherapy at the UCL Cancer Institute.  This fascinating talk saw a turnout of about 70, a testament to the significance and promise of immunotherapy for cancer.Dr Quezada


It’s been a great term! All of us in the Oncology division look forward to seeing you at our future events.

The Oncology Section 2015-2016

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Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, especially in the developed world. As a disease of aging and affluence, it is likely to grow in significance in the coming years, burdening healthcare services all around the world.

Through organising a cornucopia of engaging events throughout the course of the academic year, our society hopes to inform students about this major disease, and inspire them to join in the war against cancer.

Visit our facebook page at to find out more about our exciting events for the year.

Alternatively, email us at directly for any enquires you may have. We look forward to seeing you at our events!

Yu Hsuen

Chair, Oncology Section


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Welcome to the Oncology section. We organise regular activities for anyone interested in Oncology. Whether you are interested in pursuing Oncology as a career or just have a general interest we have an event for you.

We are fortunate enough to have some world leaders talking at our events who can provide you with an excellent insight into the world of Oncology. This offers all students the opportunity to expand their knowledge beyond the University Curriculum and challenges many of the misconceptions of Cancer.

We endeavour to make all of our events as interactive and as interesting as possible by changing the format of our talks regularly. For example, we have our annual pub quiz at the Inspire MEdicine conference in January.

For those of you interested in fundraising, we hold a number of fundraising events for a wide variety of charities including Macmillan and CLIC Sergeant.

This section offers anyone with an interst in Oncology an amazing opportunity to pursue their interest and also to become involved in many of the other regular events we organise.