ASCO Inaugural Conference to Highlight Advances in Cancer Care Quality

November 2, 2012

Aaron Tallent

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Four key studies from the 2012 Quality Care Symposium will be highlighted in an embargoed presscast for reporters on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, from 12:00-1:30 PM (EST). The studies will focus on findings on improving the value and quality of care for people living with cancer.

Researchers will present the following four studies during the presscast:

  • A survey of breast cancer patients exploring factors affecting decisions to undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, including women at low risk for cancer recurrence
  • A study exploring the impact of an innovative, multi-disciplinary initiative to improve discussions on end-of-life care between physicians, patients and caregivers within a cancer center setting
  • An analysis of how adherence to quality measures changed over five years in community oncology practices that implemented an ASCO-developed quality improvement program, called the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®)
  • Findings on how a quality tracking system developed by The American College of Surgeons, impacted compliance with treatment standards for breast and colon cancer.

This year’s Symposium will take place November 30-December 1, 2012, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif. and will feature more than 330 abstracts. On-site facilities for reporters will include a working newsroom and access to leading quality care experts.

Registration and Housing: Instructions on how to register and reserve housing and/or participate in the November 27 Presscast for the 2012 Quality Care Symposium are available. For further assistance please contact Aaron Tallent at or 571-483-1371 or Amanda Narod at or 571-483-1364.

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by a grant (1 R13 HS021377-01) from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


About ASCO
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at