July 19, 2017

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today issued a position statement aimed at contributing to the national dialogue on rising cancer drug prices. The statement, which asserts that any solutions must also preserve patients' access to care and foster innovation, analyzes a wide array of options and recommends that a panel of stakeholders be established to determine which proposals will be effective and develop a uniform approach for assessing the value of drugs.  

July 14, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — As part of a collaborative program between CancerLinQ LLC and the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) aimed at helping oncology practices successfully incorporate electronic health record (EHR) data into clinical operations, three ONS members completed training in June to serve in the CancerLinQ® Ambassadors Pilot Program. CancerLinQ, a health information technology platform that powerfully connects and analyzes real-world cancer care data from almost any electronic record source, provides oncologists, nurses, and other practice staff with near real-time, actionable data to improve patient care processes and outcomes.

July 14, 2017

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) remains opposed to the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Despite the changes to the legislation, released by the Senate yesterday, the bill runs counter to ASCO’s core mission, which is to ensure that patients with cancer have meaningful access to high-quality care. Moreover, it fails to meet with ASCO’s guiding principles for health reform by cutting Medicaid and eroding critical patient protections.

July 10, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - New recommendations on the use of the MammaPrint genomic test issued today will help guide decisions on adjuvant systemic therapy for women with early breast cancer.  The recommendations update the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2016 clinical practice guideline on the use of biomarkers in these patients.

June 27, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO®), has announced that Ascension has signed an agreement to participate in the CancerLinQ® platform. Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the United States, includes oncology care facilities throughout the country that can benefit from CancerLinQ’s growing quality network.

June 22, 2017

ASCO opposes the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the Senate healthcare bill released today, and urges lawmakers to reject the measure and work on an alternative that provides key protections for patients with cancer. We are disappointed that the legislation fails to meet our guiding principles for healthcare reform by halting Medicaid expansion, reinstating annual and lifetime coverage caps, and cutting coverage for essential health benefits including cancer screening.

June 13, 2017

“Today, the delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) voted for Barbara McAneny, MD, FASCO, MACP, as the organization’s President-elect, making her the first oncologist elected to serve in this important leadership position. In our national dialogue on access to health care, patients with cancer often highlight the broader challenges facing the entire system. The awareness Dr. McAneny brings, as an oncologist at the helm of the largest physician association, will benefit patients and providers broadly. On behalf of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), I offer my congratulations to my friend and colleague, Dr. McAneny."

June 12, 2017

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Dr. Norman "Ned" Sharpless on his appointment as director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). ASCO is encouraged that NCI will have at its helm an accomplished researcher with experience leading a wide range of clinical and translational research endeavors focused on bringing new insights into cancer prevention and treatment.

June 8, 2017

IRVING, Texas– Caris Life Sciences®, a leading innovator in molecular science, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®), today announced that Caris is one of the first laboratories to have a test report optimized for ASCO’s Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR™) Study. The TAPUR Study is evaluating efficacy of treatments based on patients’ tumor genetic profiles. This designation indicates that the company’s proprietary Caris Molecular Intelligence® comprehensive genomic profiling plus (CGP+) tumor profiling platform report is optimized to molecularly identify and report genomic alterations specifically for the TAPUR Study.

June 8, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO) and Foundation Medicine today announced entry into an agreement to create efficiencies for research sites participating in ASCO’s TAPUR™ Study in identifying potential participants for the study. ASCO is announcing that reports from Foundation Medicine’s comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) assays, FoundationOne®, FoundationOne Heme® and FoundationACT® will receive the new “optimized for TAPUR reporting” designation available to entities that demonstrate reporting of nearly 75% of TAPUR-specific genes in a format that meets criteria established for the TAPUR Study. The TAPUR Study is a first-of its-kind clinical trial designed to evaluate molecularly targeted cancer drugs and collect data on clinical outcomes to learn about additional uses of these drugs outside of indications already approved by the Food and Drug Administration. 

June 8, 2017

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, on the announcement of his continued service as the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A renowned researcher and skilled administrator, Dr. Collins appreciates the critical role that federal research plays in advancing our understanding of how to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and has worked tirelessly to ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of biomedical innovation.

June 7, 2017

“The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the leading professional organization representing over 42,000 physicians and other healthcare providers who care for people with cancer, strongly supports North Carolina House bill 206, which would address inappropriate cost-sharing burdens for oral anti-cancer drugs for the state’s cancer patients.

June 5, 2017

CHICAGO – Malignant pleural mesothelioma or MPM is a rare cancer, but its incidence has been rising. This cancer is usually associated with asbestos exposure, and patients have a median life expectancy of only 13-15 months. All patients relapse despite initial chemotherapy, more than 50% of them within six months after stopping treatment. There are currently no effective therapeutic options for patients with MPM. 

June 5, 2017

CHICAGO – Findings from a phase III clinical trial point to a more effective initial treatment for patients with ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Compared to the current standard of care crizotinib (Xalkori), the newer ALK inhibitor alectinib (Alecensa) halted cancer growth for a median of 15 months longer and caused fewer severe side effects. 

June 5, 2017

CHICAGO – A phase III clinical trial of 4,805 women with HER2-positive breast cancer suggests adding a second HER2 targeted medicine, pertuzumab (Perjeta), to standard of care trastuzumab (Herceptin) after surgery may help, although the benefit is modest.

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