International Attendees

Sessions of Interest

These sessions include international experts that will present or moderate sessions in their respective fields.

Controversial Topics in Breast Surgical Management to Improve Outcomes  Tibor Kovacs United Kingdom
International Cancer Consortia: Where Do We Stand? Hideki Ueno Japan
Current Management of Nodal Metastases in Patients with Melanoma John Thompson Australia
International Cancer Consortia: Where Do We Stand? Erin Kennedy Canada
My Patient Read the Internet: Molecular Markers and Novel Treatments for Colorectal Cancer  Rebecca Auer Canada
Subtype-Specific Biology and Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcomas Rebecca Gladdy Canada
International Cancer Consortia: Where Do We Stand? Jurgen Weitz Germany
MTP: Management of Primary and Recurrent RPS Carol Swallow Canada
The Great Debates I  Felipe J.F. Coimbra       Brazil
International Cancer Consortia: Where Do We Stand? Robin McLeod Canada
The Great Debates II  Riccardo Audisio United Kingdom
Breast Quick Shot Abstracts Dhairyasheel Savant India
Colorectal Quick Shot Abstracts Jorge Lyra Brazil
Sarcoma Quick Shot Abstracts Carolyn Nessim Canada
Upper GI Parallel Sessions Do Joong Park Korea
Colorectal Parallel Sessions Jason Park Canada

Discounted Registration

Discounted registration rates will apply to SSO International Members and attendees residing in middle income and third world countries based on World Bank Classification.

SSO 2018 Registration  Early Until 1/8/18  Advanced
1/9/18 - 2/26/18 
2/27/18 – 3/19/18
SSO International Member (First World Countries) $330 $480 $580
SSO International Member (Middle or Third World Countries) $198 $288 $348
International Non-Member (First World Countries)  $800 $950 $1050
International Non-Member (Middle or Third World Countries) $480 $570 $630

Discounts do not apply to Pre-Meeting courses or Meet the Professor Breakfasts.

Visa Information

The process of obtaining a visa to attend meetings in the U.S. takes much longer than in the past. You are strongly urged to apply for a visa as early as possible.

If you would like to request an invitation letter from the Society of Surgical Oncology for your visa application, you must first register and pay in full for the meeting. To obtain a visa invitation letter, have your registration confirmation number available and visit the visa link in your registration confirmation email.

Please contact for any questions regarding visa invitation letters.

For detailed information regarding obtaining a visa, please visit the U.S. Department of State Visa website. For information regarding the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), please visit the U.S Department of State website. It is recommended that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection International Visitors website is reviewed prior to your travel.


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Getting to/from the Airport

O'Hare International Airport, located 17 miles from downtown, is one of the largest airports in the world. It is North America's major international gateway airport, servicing over 67 million passengers to and from over 200 destinations around the globe.

A mere 10 miles from downtown, Midway is a premier point-to-point airport, offering travel to 81 destinations with approximately 265 daily departures.

The approximate fare to the downtown area is $50 from O'Hare International Airport and $30 from Midway International Airport.


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