About the Society


Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology
of the Czech Medical Society of J. E. Purkyně


Focus and objectives


The field of digestive oncology is a complex topic requiring multidisciplinary approach, where specific tasks cannot be practically safeguarded solely by a more or less random cooperation among individual professional societies. It involves a continuous process which, since its very beginning, requires the cooperation among functional teams that need to be ready, able and willing to reflect state-of-the-art knowledge provided by global science and to place it in a highly practical context with a view to the local conditions. For this reason the Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology of the Czech Medical Society of J. E. Purkyně (SGO ČLS JEP) joins experts from the key fields of gastroenterology, oncology, oncosurgery, radiology, pathology, and general medicine.

The founding of SGO was inspired by the activities of acknowledged international organisations – the International Digestive Cancer Alliance (IDCA) and its partner societies operating within the European territory, the European Society of Digestive Oncology (ESDO) established in Vienna. SGO has identified similar objectives – to integrate individual specialties, including basic research, within a professional and open forum.

The purpose of SGO’s activities is to improve care for cancer patients – based upon screening programmes, genetic consultancy or information services both for professionals and for the general public. SGO shall be the guarantor of recommended diagnostic and therapeutic procedure development for individual organ locations and types of gastrointestinal tumours and shall provide for their regular updates reflecting evidence-based medicine, and shall be involved in research and education in this field.

SGO is internally structured into expert groups responsible for individual topics and headed by renowned specialists. Individual groups are involved in the drafting of standards, recommendations for the handling of problematic situations, and unbiased evaluation of the benefits of new technologies and research outputs.