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ESMO Handbooks Series

Produced under the direction of ESMO, the Handbooks series is intended to appeal to all healthcare professionals working in oncology. The handbooks are comprehensive guides which provide concise, first-hand advice in a practical, easy-to-read format.

The different titles in this series cover broad topics such as” Oncological Emergencies” or “Cancer Treatment in Special Clinical Situations”, including information of use in daily practice.

They are all available as downloadable PDFs for ESMO members.

Also on e-readers!


Nutrition and Cancer (2nd edition)

For medical oncologists and other healthcare professionals working in the field of oncology nutrition is an important factor to consider when advising and treating patients.


Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults

This handbook describes the major types of malignancy which might occur during this transitional phase of life. It provides diagnostic and therapeutic guidance and also gives an idea of life after cancer. ESMO and SIOP Europe share the same goal: that no young person should have to die of cancer.


Targeted Therapies and Precision Oncology

This handbook brings together specialists in the field of precision medicine, who have shared their knowledge and given their insights on this broad topic, providing you with a solid base to understand this field from basic science to clinical application.


Supportive and Palliative Care

This handbook aims to educate oncologists on all aspects of a patient’s cancer journey, including symptom control, physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing, as well as end-of-life care.

2018 ESMO Handbook of Immuno-Oncology


This comprehensive handbook provides a strong base to understand the theory, mechanisms of action, clinical developments and the future of immuno-oncology in different disease types, and, therefore, is a “must read” for any professional involved in the care of cancer patients.

2018 ESMO Handbook of Interpreting Oncological Study Publications block

Interpreting Oncological Study Publications

This handbook enables all of us to read between the lines of a scientific publication, to better estimate the true benefit of a new oncological intervention and to better understand other cancer-related research. 

2016 ESMO Handbook of Oncological Emergencies block

Oncological Emergencies

The aim of the present edition of the ESMO Handbook of Oncological Emergencies is to approach the new advances and developments in the field of oncological emergency treatments, for the benefit of oncology specialists, but also for those who are just starting out in this profession.

2015 Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Evaluation block

Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Evaluation

This Handbook is a rare attempt to make an appraisal of where we are in the field of cancer diagnosis and treatment evaluation, by focusing on some key issues of the clinical method of medical oncologists.

2010 Cancer in the Senior Patient block

Cancer in the Senior Patient

The treatment of any patient, in particular seniors, requires a careful evaluation of the person who is in need of such treatment. This handbook focuses on the delicate decision-making process, which should lead to the best therapy, adapted not only to the disease but also to the person who suffers from it

2015 ESMO Handbook of Translational Research

Translational Research

In this ESMO Handbook the editors cover topics including the emerging processes of evading tumour destruction and tumour inflammation, new challenges posed by tumour heterogeneity, and new study designs and technologies.

2012 ESMO Handbook on Clinical Pharmacology of Anti-Cancer Agents

Clinical Pharmacology of Anti-Cancer Agents

This is a user-friendly handbook, designed for young medical oncologists, where they can access the essential information they need for providing the treatment which could have the highest chance of being effective and tolerable.

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