WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO) and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) applaud the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) recent revision of its clinical trial protocol template to broaden eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials. The protocol template was expanded to help increase the opportunity for participation in NCI-funded clinical trials for patients with certain health care conditions, as well as to provide an opportunity for patients younger than age 18 to participate in adult clinical trials in certain circumstances.
While ASCO supports efforts to control drug prices, we are keenly aware that optimal cancer care requires patient access to the most medically appropriate drug, at the most opportune time, based on the highest quality evidence.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is expanding its geographic reach and the number of international practices certified in delivering high-quality cancer care based on its rigorous standards. The MNGHA-Cancer Center in Saudi Arabia, the first in the Middle East, joins seven other practices in Brazil, Greece, Romania, and Spain in achieving ASCO's Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An analysis of nearly 2,800 people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who received the immune checkpoint inhibitors nivolumab (Opdivo), pembrolizumab (Keytruda), or atezolizumab (Tecentriq) found that unexpected medical problems, known as adverse events, may be more common than reported in the initial trials that led to the approval of these therapies. These findings will be presented at the upcoming 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium in San Diego, California.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A study of 112 people with metastatic solid tumors found that the use of an artificial intelligence (AI)-based smartphone app reduced both the severity of patients’ reported pain and hospital admissions. After an eight-week period, patients who used the AI-powered app to monitor and address pain experienced a 20% reduction in the severity of pain and had nearly 70% lower risk of pain-related hospital admissions than patients not using the app. These findings will be presented at the upcoming 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium in San Diego, California.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Nearly four in 10 Americans believe cancer can be cured solely through alternative therapies, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s second annual National Cancer Opinion Survey. This is despite research showing that patients who use alternative therapies instead of standard cancer treatments have much higher mortality rates. The survey also found that amid the ongoing opioid crisis, nearly three in four Americans are opposed to limiting access to opioids for people with cancer, and many cancer patients report difficulty obtaining these medications. In addition, just as many Americans say they are worried about the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis as about dying of cancer, with caregivers and rural Americans bearing the weight of cancer’s financial and access challenges. The National Cancer Opinion Survey is a large, nationally representative survey conducted online by The Harris Poll.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. –– Organizers of the 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium announced today two abstracts will be highlighted in the meeting’s official Press Program.
ARLINGTON, Va., ALEXANDRIA, Va., CHICAGO, October 11, 2018 — Three prominent medical societies today issued a new clinical guideline for physicians treating men with early-stage prostate cancer using external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). Adoption of the guideline could make treatment shorter and more convenient for many patients with prostate cancer, the most common malignancy among American men.
Statement from American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, on the Journal of the American Medical Association Study, "Factors Associated with Cancer Disparities Among Low-, Medium-, and High-Income U.S. Counties"
ASCO applauds Congress for passing a $2 billion increase in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which will bring NIH's budget to a total of $39.1 billion and the National Cancer Institute's to a total of $6.147 billion.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology presented Representative Kevin Yoder (KS-03) with the 2018 Congressional Leadership Award today. Each year, ASCO presents this Award to a Member of Congress who has continuously supported legislation that promotes an improved practice environment for the oncology community and improves the quality of care for cancer patients.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) presented its 2017 Advocate of the Year Award to Ray D. Page, DO, PhD, FACOI, for his exceptional advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals living with cancer and their cancer care teams. As a member of the Government Relations Committee and in other roles, Dr. Page has provided distinguished leadership in the society’s policy and advocacy efforts.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – New studies released today reveal the financial difficulties that people living with cancer currently face. The research looks at financial distress, also known as “financial toxicity,” among patients with metastatic breast cancer and older patients, as well as conversations about cost of care that women with breast cancer are having with their physicians. Authors will present their findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) upcoming Quality Care Symposium, taking place September 28–29, in at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In the midst of the national opioid epidemic, two new studies explore opioid use in cancer care. The studies compared opioid deaths among cancer patients to the general population and looked at an initiative to reduced opioid use after oncology surgeries. Authors will present their findings at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) upcoming Quality Care Symposium, taking place September 28–29, in at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today issued a set of recommendations for overcoming financial barriers to patient participation in cancer clinical trials. ASCO’s policy statement, “Addressing Financial Barriers to Patient Participation in Clinical Trials,” stresses the importance of increasing participation in clinical research, especially for patients from particular ethnic/racial, geographic, age, socioeconomic, and other underserved demographic subgroups.