Paolo G. Casali, MD, medical oncologist, is head of the Adult Sarcoma Medical Oncology Unit, Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, Italy. He also serves as Secretary of the Ethics Committee of this institution.
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His clinical and research activities focus on rare tumours, especially adult sarcomas, including gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GIST), and uncommon histological types. He is the Secretary of the Italian Sarcoma Group, a national cooperative group for clinical and translational research on soft tissue and bone sarcomas, and is a member of the EORTC Soft Tissue & Bone Sarcoma Group. Dr. Casali chairs the Italian Network on Rare Tumours, a collaborative effort among Italian cancer centres, which aims to exploit distant patient sharing in order to improve quality-of-care and diminish health migration for rare solid cancers. He acts as an Editor of START (‘State-of-the-Art Oncology in Europe’), an Italian-based, European state-of-the-art instrument on cancer treatment. He is a member of the Executive Committee of ESMO (European Society for Medical Oncology), serving as Treasurer, and is Faculty Coordinator for Sarcoma. On behalf of ESMO, he coordinates the European Action Against Rare Cancers.
He received his medical degree in 1984 in Milan, and trained at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori. He is certified in Clinical Oncology and Haematology, and has the ESMO Certificate in Medical Oncology. He teaches Chemotherapy of Rare Tumours at the Milan University postgraduate school in Oncology.