Annual Academic Sessions 2021

“Embracing challenges to empower cancer care”

12 - 14 November 2021 | Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka | Hybrid Meeting

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Message from the president

Dear Friends,

I am honoured and privileged to assume as the President of the Sri Lanka College of Oncologists (SLCO) and really thankful to all the members of the college. During my presidential year, I am sure we need to face the prevailing difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic and we all have to devise together a suitable alternative plan to meet the challenges ahead of us.

The SLCO is a nationally and internally recognized academic body with more than 100 life members of clinical oncologists, surgical oncologists and gynaecological oncologists. The SLCO being a member of SFO (SAARC Federation of Oncologist) and FARO (Federation of Asian Organizations for Radiation Oncology), could exchange knowledge and expertise beyond the borders with virtual communications among membership in improving patient care, continuing medical education and networking among many professionals in the world.

The SLCO will continue to work with relevant stake holder to formulate the National Guidelines for the management of various cancers, registration & evaluation of oncological drugs with emphasis on quality and safety in a transparent manner.

In addition, the SLCO will continue to persuade the Ministry of Health to expedite accomplishing the cabinet approved project on “High Quality Radiotherapy with High Energy Radiation for Cancer Patients” in the year 2021-22. It is also high time to initiate facilitating reasonable access to radiotherapy services for all clinical oncologists with the introduction of technology so that to offer quality radiotherapy treatment to more cancer patients in this country.

During the tenure of this new council we also have a plan to form a “Young Oncologists’ Forum” within the college, with the aim of providing many opportunities to strengthen young oncologists’ knowledge, skills, research & innovative expertise and to have a platform for networking with their counterparts worldwide.

It is also our dream to build a “College House” by acquiring a suitable land with the help of the Government or from generous donors. The biggest challenge of achieving success in accomplishing our goals would not be difficult if we all work together with our partners locally and internationally with full commitment.

I look forward to working with all medical professional to offer a multi-disciplinary approach of quality medical care to all the citizens of this country.

Thank you


MBBS, MD | President,The Sri Lanka College of Oncologists

Best of ASCO 2021 Annual Meeting


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SLCO Research Grant Application - 2021

SLCO Research Grant scheme has been introduced to support research work by members of The Sri Lanka College of Oncologists. Each grant is provided with up to a maximum of Rs 2,000,000 for 3-years. These funds can be utilized to initiate new projects by the academic staff. It can further be utilized as supplementary funding for ongoing research funded by other grants. Call for applications for grants will be advertised each year. The PI of the project should be a member of SLCO. However, investigators from other universities/institutes can be co-investigators or collaborators. One academic member should have been awarded only 2 grants at a given time.

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Annual Academic Sessions 2021 Highlights


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Annual Academic Sessions 2020


The SLCO Annual Academic Sessions (Virtual Conference) for the year 2020 was successfully held between 13th to 15th November 2020. The full conference can be found on our youtube channel.

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Video of the Month

The closing lecture of the Haemato-Oncology symposium of The Sri Lanka College of Oncologists Annual Academic Sessions 2020 was delivered by Dr. Sanjeewa Gunasekara, on the topic 'Optimization of Maintenance Therapy in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia'.


Management of hereditary breast cancer: American society of clinical oncology, American society for radiation oncology, and society of surgical oncology guideline

PURPOSE To develop recommendations for management of patients with breast cancer (BC) with germline mutations in BC susceptibility genes...

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Oncology News


KUMARIKA together with our partners, Indira Cancer Trust, Lions Clubs of Aluthgama, Bentota & Galkissa, Under the auspices of the Ministry of Health Cordially invite you to the virtual launch of

Cordially invite you to the virtual launch of Sonduru Diriyawanthi

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What things cancer patients should do during COVID-19 pandemic

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COVID-19 Vaccination Guidelines

Covid-19 vaccination guidelines: for cancer patients in sri lanka.


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Position Statement on COVID 19

Position Statement by the Sri Lanka College of Oncologists on COVID-19 for Clinical Oncology


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Inauguration of the “Young Oncologists Forum

The Sri Lanka College of Oncologists inaugurated the “Young Oncologists Forum” on the 26th of March 2021 at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.


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