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Welcome to the public webpage of the Belgian Section of Thoracic Surgery, a section of the RBSS.



Please tune in regularly for more updates on the section, its members and activities!



Dear colleagues,

It is an honour to invite you to an online meeting of the Belgian Section of Thoracic Surgery (BeSTS) concerning Immunotherapy and its possible impact on staging and surgery for lung cancer. We are grateful that David Jones from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York and Karim Vermaelen, oncologist in UZ Gent accepted to enlighten us on this hot topic.

Date: Monday May 24th, 2021 19h00 CET (Pentecost Monday evening)



Introduction with case presentation 

H.Decaluwé, UZ Leuven


Immuno-oncology (IO) for surgeons, latest news from the IO trials. 

K.Vermaelen, UZ Gent


Impact of IO on staging and surgery for NSCLC

D.Jones, MSKCC, NY

20h10 - 20h30 Discussion

Register in advance for this meeting: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Accreditation is requested.


Herbert Decaluwé

on behalf of the Scientific Committee of the BeSTS



 Minutes of the provisional Board Meetings:


BeSTS Provisional Board Members:

Apostolos Agrafiotis, Herbert Decaluwé, Roderik Deleersnijder, Lieven Depypere, Liesbeth Desender, Paul Hollering, Geert Lauwers, Philip Lerut, Jan Lesaffer, Valentin Noyez, Dirk Smets, Edo Wijtenburg, Jeroen Hendriks


BeSTS Provisional Scientific Committee

Herbert Decaluwé, Dirk Smets, Philip Lerut, Lieven Depypere, Apostolos Agrafiotis, Jeroen Hendriks, Liesbeth Desender and Geert Lauwers.   


BeSTS Provisional Membership Committee

Jurgen Verbist, Herbert Decaluwé, Dirk Smets, Philip Lerut, Apostolos Agrafiotis and Jeroen Hendriks. 


September 8th, 2020

Dear Colleague,

During the latest General Assembly of the RBSS, Sept 1st 2020, the RBSS Board announced the creation of the new Belgian Section for Thoracic Surgery (BeSTS). I would like to thank you for your messages with enthusiastic support. More than 50 surgeons signed the request to the RBSS.

The next step is the creation of the Board of this new section, which consists of 8 members including the President, the Vice-President, the General Secretary, the Treasurer, the Scientific Coordinator and three other members in accordance to the current bylaws (in attachment).

If you are a candidate to become a Board member, please notify Mrs Annette Hirsch, secretary to the RBSS, by mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before Sept 30th 2020.

These candidates for the Board will subsequently gather to install a Board, co-opt other members and/or organise an election among members of the BeSTS, if necessary. The members of the Board will nominate the different positions among them. Finally, the newly installed Board will seek approval by an (online) General Assembly among the BeSTS members.

To conclude, it needs to be addressed that membership of RBSS is obligatory to become member of BeSTS (which is free for members of the RBSS). If you are not yet an RBSS member, please do so, you are more than welcome! More information and how to apply for an RBSS membership can be found and done through this link.


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Apply for membership of the BeSTS section (administrator approval needed, or go directly to the members-only subsite of the BeSTS via this link.
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BeSTS Bylaws