ASCO Overview

People in ASCO staff lounge
Our Mission

Conquering cancer through research, education, and promotion of the highest quality patient care.

Our Vision

A world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy.

ASCO Promotes and Provides For

  • Lifelong learning for oncology professionals,
  • Cancer research,
  • An improved environment for oncology practice,
  • Access to quality cancer care,
  • A global network of oncology expertise, and
  • Educated and informed patients with cancer.

ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds groundbreaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer.

Our Strategic Plan

ASCO’s strategic plan outlines the Society’s approach to leading the delivery of information and diverse expertise needed by the global oncology community to reduce the burden of cancer. The plan also defines goals that will mark progress towards this outcome.


ASCO’s diverse network of nearly 45,000 oncology professionals recognizes ASCO's dedication to providing the highest-quality resources in education, policy, the pioneering of clinical research, and above all, advancing the care for patients with cancer. ASCO is unique in that we are the only organization that encompasses all oncology subspecialties, allowing our members to grow from the professional and personal expertise of their colleagues worldwide and across disciplines. International members make up approximately one-third of the Society’s total membership and represent more than 150 countries. ASCO offers a variety of membership categories designed to fit your career stage and specific needs. ASCO offers numerous membership categories and benefits.


ASCO is governed by a Board of 19 members, including a President-Elect, President, Chair of the Board (seat to be filled starting in 2019), Treasurer, Past President, and 14 Directors. The ASCO Chief Executive Officer and the Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors have non-voting seats on the ASCO Board.

The Society conducts the majority of its business through various volunteer groups comprised of ASCO members who volunteer their time and effort to Society programs. Leaders of patient advocacy groups are often active in ASCO volunteer groups as well. There are currently 18 standing committees (plus numerous editorial boards, task forces, panels, and working groups) that are managed and supported by ASCO’s full-time staff. ASCO is a charitable, educational, and scientific organization classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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"Precision medicine has begun to transform the lives of many patients with cancer, but its application in clinical practice is enormously complex. ASCO hopes to contribute to and advance the field by providing oncologists with the training, tools, and data they need."
Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO
ASCO Chief Medical Officer