On March 1st and 2nd, the Belgian Society for Medical Oncology (BSMO) organised its 15th annual meeting. Day one of the symposium focussed on the different aspects of melanoma, discussing the use of therapeutic vaccines, the different aspects of immunotherapy, the efficacy and side-effects of targeted therapy for metastatic melanoma and the management of melanoma patients with brain metastatses. However, the main event of the first symposium day was Prof. Dr. J. Vermorken receiving the title of commander in the order of Leopold by Mr. K. Peeters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government (Figure 1). The second day of the symposium featured the presentation of selected abstracts from junior BSMO members followed by an interesting lecture on chronobiology and chronotherapy of cancer and a view on personalised medicine using the lung cancer example.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2013;7(2):63–67)