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.
“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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
CHICAGO – In an early clinical trial, 33 out of 35 (94%) patients had clinical remission of multiple myeloma upon receiving a new type of immunotherapy ̶ chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells targeting B-cell maturation protein or BCMA. Most patients had only mild side effects.
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.
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.
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.
CHICAGO – Findings from a phase III clinical trial point to a potential new treatment for patients newly diagnosed with advanced, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Compared to the EGFR inhibitor gefitinib (Iressa), one of the standard targeted medicines for this disease, second-generation EGFR inhibitor dacomitinib delayed cancer growth by a median of 5.5 months more.
ALEXANDRIA Va. -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) and Illumina, Inc. today announced a joint contribution of variant interpretations of 6,000 associations of somatic genetic alterations—variants linked to tumors—to the CIViC (Clinical Interpretation of Variants in Cancer) resource, an openly accessible database hosted by Washington University in St. Louis.
CHICAGO – Findings from a phase III clinical trial of about 300 women may introduce PARP inhibitors as a new type of treatment for breast cancer. Compared to standard chemotherapy, the oral targeted medicine olaparib (Lynparza) reduced the chance of progression of advanced, BRCA-related breast cancer by 42%, delaying progression by about 3 months.
CHICAGO – After surgery for lymph-node positive colon cancer (stage III), some patients may only need half of the long-standing standard course of chemotherapy. In an analysis of six clinical trials with over 12,800 patients, 3 months of chemotherapy was nearly as effective as 6 months in patients with relatively lower recurrence risk and caused fewer side effects, particularly nerve damage.