With a greater awareness of the complexity of comprehensive care of a patient with cancer, a handful of well-intentioned young men and women fresh from their post-graduate medical stint abroad found it necessary to optimize the care of patients with cancer through a multidisciplinary approach. In 1964, the incidence of cancer as a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the national health picture was rising to alarming proportions. In 1968, the Central Tumor Registry of the Philippines confirmed these data and reported them before the international fora. Faced with the shortage of cancer oriented physicians, especially trained oncologists, these doctors opened a new era of cancer care by organizing themselves into the Philippine Society of Oncologists on October 16, 1964 in Quezon City.The founding fellows of the society were inducted at the Holiday Inn, Pasay City on December 11, 1964. They elected the following officers. Dr. Leon Lopez, president; Dr. Antonio Cabral, vice-president; Dr. Erlinda Novales, secretary-treasurer, The following were elected as council members: Dr. Manuel Borja, Dr .Generoso Basa, Dr .Luciano Sotto, Dr. Teodoro Nuguid, Dr. Angel Enriquez, Dr. Angel Estanislao and Dr. Augusto Ramos.