February 23, 2021

The Association of Clinical Oncology congratulates the eleven practices that prioritized the quality of care they provide by achieving the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification in the second half of 2020.

February 17, 2021

In the midst of growing concerns that patients with cancer have limited access to the COVID-19 vaccines, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society, today issued a joint letter to every state governor in the United States urging them to prioritize patients with cancer in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. 

February 9, 2021

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) jointly issued new recommendations to further efforts to broaden eligibility criteria in cancer clinical trials with the goal of making clinical trials more accessible to patients. The joint recommendations are detailed in a series of articles published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. The series provides a comprehensive examination of eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials with recommendations to address five specific areas: treatment washout periods, concomitant medications, prior therapies, laboratory reference ranges and test intervals, and patient performance status.

 

February 8, 2021

Reduced levels of screening for prostate cancer using prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing correspond with recent increases in the diagnosis of metastatic disease, according to a study that will be presented at the 2021 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, taking place virtually February 11-13.

February 8, 2021

Treatment with the immunotherapy nivolumab (Opdivo®) following radical surgery with or without cisplatin-based chemotherapy significantly improved disease-free survival in patients with muscle-invasive urothelial carcinoma, according to a study that will be presented at the 2021 ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, taking place virtually February 11-13.

February 2, 2021

Molecular profiling allows clinicians to identify the molecular and genetic signatures that help to deliver treatments that are highly specific to a tumor. This tool has made possible a number of advances in the past year that are improving care for patients with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. In recognition of this progress, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has named Molecular Profiling Driving Progress in Gastrointestinal Cancers as the Advance of the Year in Clinical Cancer Advances 2021 — just released today.

January 26, 2021

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Eight oncology practices in eight different U.S. metropolitan areas with high rates of breast cancer disparities between Black and white Americans have been selected to participate in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) quality programs, including the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) and Quality Training Program (QTP). Today ASCO and Susan G. Komen (Komen), with funding from the Fund II Foundation for each practice’s training and participation, announced the recipients. The three-year program, will be administered through Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation.

January 25, 2021

Survivors of adolescent and young adult cancers may be at increased risk of experiencing adverse mental health outcomes, with patients treated at adult cancer centers at higher risk than those treated at pediatric cancer centers, according to a study published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. 

January 19, 2021

On the eve of his inauguration, the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Joseph R. Biden, Jr., the 46th President of the United States. 

January 12, 2021

“Fifty years after President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act to make cancer a national public health priority, we continue to see its lasting impact on progress against cancer as demonstrated by the 31% decline in overall cancer mortality between 1991-2018, driven largely by substantial reductions in lung cancer mortality related to a decline in smoking, improved screening and better treatment.

January 12, 2021

Sean Khozin, MD, MPH, has been named Chief Executive Officer of CancerLinQ LLC, and he will begin his new role overseeing the continued expansion and implementation of CancerLinQ, ASCO’s real-world oncology data platform designed to improve the quality of care for people with cancer and drive new research, on February 16. 

December 23, 2020

The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds the decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland to grant a temporary restraining order on the implementation of the Most Favored Nation (MFN) Interim Final Rule. Judge Blake’s decision delays the model’s implementation for 14 days while she considers a preliminary injunction, which would further delay the model. The decision notes that there is likely to be irreparable harm if the rule goes into effect January 1, suggesting that the preliminary injunction will likely be granted.

December 22, 2020

Congress took a giant step forward to reduce health disparities by expanding clinical trial access to more than 41.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries through passage of the bipartisan CLINICAL TREATMENT Act as part of its end-of-year legislative package. We commend Congress for passing this commonsense fix to increase the diversity of participants in clinical trials, improve the validity of clinical research, and help reduce disparities in treatment outcomes for people with life-threatening diseases—disparities that have only been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 17, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (the Society), an affiliated organization of the Association for Clinical Oncology (the Association), collectively known as ASCO, submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of motions in four cases to enjoin the Most Favored Nation (MFN) Model from taking effect on January 1, 2021. The Society’s friend-of-the-court brief urges the courts to stop implementation of the model, citing its devastating impact on patients. 

December 15, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has elected Eric P. Winer, MD, FASCO, a long-time member and volunteer, to serve as its President for the term beginning in June 2022. He will take office as President-Elect during the ASCO Annual Meeting in June 2021. Five new members were also elected to the ASCO Board of Directors and the Nominating Committee.  

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