January 29, 2018

Co-sponsors of the 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium announced today five abstracts that will be highlighted in the meeting’s official Press Program. Researchers will present the findings of these studies in an embargoed presscast for reporters, taking place Monday, February 12, 2018, from 12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m. ET.

January 24, 2018

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Alex Azar for his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the head of HHS, Secretary Azar has an opportunity to help address critical issues facing the cancer care delivery system, including increasing access to high-quality care, addressing the high cost of care, and supporting the development and dissemination of innovative treatments

January 23, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — CancerLinQ LLC and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), the medical specialty society for clinical and laboratory genetics professionals, have entered into a programmatic collaboration. CancerLinQ®, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) health information technology platform designed by oncologists for oncologists to leverage the power of big data to help improve the quality of care for patients with cancer, will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of ACMG leadership and members.

January 22, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO – Eight noteworthy studies exploring the implications of immuno-oncology for patient care will be presented at the 2018 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium. The meeting will take place January 25-27 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California. These notable abstracts discuss the efficacy of immunotherapy in rare cancers, biomarkers to predict which patients will benefit most, and managing the adverse effects of immune-based treatments.

January 18, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —  A registry that tracks the quality of medical care provided to patients receiving cancer treatment launched this month as part of a collaboration between the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). In addition to improving the quality of care for people living with cancer, the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Reporting Registry also makes it easier for medical and radiation oncologists to report quality-related performance metrics required by the federal government.

January 10, 2018

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — CancerLinQ LLC and the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), the professional society for genetic counselors, announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance. With the collaboration, NSGC leaders and members will provide expertise to CancerLinQ®, the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) health information technology platform aimed at improving the quality of cancer care using real-world cancer data.

December 21, 2017

With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the verge of being signed into law, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is concerned about across-the-board cuts to Medicare that the measure will trigger. We urge Congress to protect Medicare beneficiaries with cancer and other medical conditions by passing additional legislation to avoid cuts to the program.

December 19, 2017

Howard A. “Skip” Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO, a long-time member and volunteer, has been elected to serve as the President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for the term beginning in June 2019. Additionally, five members were elected to open seats on the ASCO Board of Directors, as well as two members to the ASCO Nominating Committee.

December 1, 2017

We are deeply concerned about the sequestration cuts that would be triggered by passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The core mission of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is to ensure that cancer patients have meaningful access to high-quality cancer care. We fear that the current proposal will harm patients with cancer by reducing access to care, a situation that could adversely impact treatment needed to extend and save patients' lives.

November 30, 2017

A report released today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine underscores the imperative our nation faces to address the affordability of drugs for medical conditions that have long-been deemed untreatable. Nowhere is this imperative more urgent than with the new generation of cancer drugs that is giving hope to the millions of Americans who face a cancer diagnosis each year--while creating formidable barriers to access due to the high cost of these agents.

November 30, 2017

A new Physician Assistant (PA)-based study finds that despite personal satisfaction in the oncology specialty, high rates of burnout –over one third of PAs (34.8%)—are common. These findings reveal important factors that could help to decrease burnout and improve the oncology workforce dynamics, including the relationship between PAs, collaborating physicians, and the care team. The study was published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP).

November 21, 2017

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, FASCO, is the 2018 recipient of the Ellen L. Stovall Award and Lecture for Advancement of Cancer Survivorship Care.

October 27, 2017

SAN DIEGO – Five studies exploring noteworthy issues in palliative care will be presented at the 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, taking place October 27-28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California. These key abstracts explore several approaches for improving quality of life and quality of care for people with cancer, as well as survivors of cancer.

October 24, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The majority of Americans are unaware of several major risk factors for cancer – most notably obesity, which will soon overtake smoking as the largest preventable cause of cancer in the United States. High treatment costs are compromising care: one in four people who have had cancer or have an immediate family member who has had cancer are forgoing treatment or physician visits because of the expense. In addition, nearly three-quarters of Americans support greater federal investment in cancer research, even if it means higher taxes or adding to the deficit.  These are a few of the many findings from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s National Cancer Opinion Survey, a large, nationally representative survey conducted online by Harris Poll. 

October 23, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new study suggests that people with advanced cancer prefer doctors communicate with them face-to-face with just a notepad in hand rather than repeatedly using a computer. These findings will be presented at the upcoming 2017 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium in San Diego, California.