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The ESMO Practising Oncologists Working Group has developed the ESMO Checklists, a set of cancer patient management workflow templates for oncologists at the point of care.

Derived from the ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines, this new hands-on self-assessment tool will help you easily check that the essential steps recommended in the ESMO Guidelines have been actually taken in your daily practice.

Whether you are visiting your patients, reviewing their medical records or preparing for discussion at your next multidisciplinary tumour board meeting, you can use the checklists to control your practice’s adherence to the ESMO Guidelines.

The organ-specific checklists have been produced to guide you through the stages for diagnosis and treatment of the specific cancer type affecting your patients. The general checklist reports recommendations that you should always consider when visiting a cancer patient, regardless of the tumour type.

How to use the Checklists

The ESMO checklists are self-assessment questionnaires aimed at providing you with quality care issues you should consider in everyday oncology practice.

You can print out the checklists and manually compile them - you can paste your patient ID sticker on the top, manually tick the checkboxes, fill in the different sections and keep a hard copy for your patient chart.

You can also download the template and work directly on your desktop – the pdf files are fillable, allowing you to insert data, report your considerations and quickly save an electronic copy for your records.


The ESMO checklists are prepared by the ESMO Practising Oncologists Working Group as a tool to assist oncologists in their daily practice. They do not replace information available in medical records or patient charts and are not meant to substitute medical consultations or prescribe any particular treatment or care. ESMO doesn’t collect completed checklists and doesn’t bear any responsibility related to the outcomes of individuals and care standards in different environments.

Last update: 11 Dec 2023
First published in Oct 2018

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