May 13, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Older people with cancer set to receive anti-cancer therapy had significant improvements in quality of life when comprehensive geriatric assessment and geriatrician-led management was integrated into their care plan. The prospective, randomized, open-label INTEGERATE trial, according to the study authors, is the first randomized clinical trial in geriatric oncology to show that an integrated approach involving geriatricians and oncologists working in partnership helped improve quality of life, and reduced hospital admissions and early discontinuation of treatment due to adverse events.  

 

May 13, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A videoconferencing intervention significantly reduced levels of anxiety and distress among “distance caregivers" who live more than an hour away from the patients with cancer they support, according to the results of a federally funded study.  

May 13, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — States that adopted Medicaid expansion following passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 saw greater decreases in cancer mortality rates than states that did not, according to the first nationwide study of its kind. 

May 13, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — People who quit smoking at any time — even less than 2 years before a lung cancer diagnosis — improve their chances of survival after being diagnosed with the disease, according to the results of a large international study that will be presented during the virtual scientific program of the 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting. 

May 13, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Maintenance therapy with olaparib (Lynparza) extended overall survival by nearly 13 months (12.9) compared with placebo in women with platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer with BRCA 1 or 2 mutations, in a randomized phase III trial.

May 12, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Twenty-seven practices elevated their standard of care and achieved Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification in the first quarter of this year. The Association for Clinical Oncology (Association) commends these practices that have demonstrated their commitment to providing the highest-quality oncology care to their patients, communities, and contemporaries.

April 29, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – This year the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will deliver the latest cancer science to the global oncology community in a new virtual format. Advances in immunotherapies and targeted therapies for lung, colorectal, ovarian, and bladder cancers; improvements in  access to cancer care, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on people with cancer are among the topics that will be highlighted in the virtual scientific program of the 2020 ASCO Annual Meeting.

April 23, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Researchers, patient advocates, and global oncology leaders who have worked to transform cancer care around the world are among the recipients of the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Special Awards – the Society’s highest honors - and Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards.  

April 23, 2020

Alexandria, Va. – The American Society of Clinical Oncology (the Society) and its affiliate organization the Association for Clinical Oncology (the Association) today announced the results of a survey that tracked the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer clinical trials, highlighted a new research initiative to address the data gap on the coronavirus’ effect on individuals with cancer, and set forth a road to recovery as the cancer care delivery system prepares for life after COVID-19.

April 22, 2020

WHAT: The U.S. cancer care delivery system is facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancer care teams and the patients they serve are navigating significant barriers to high-quality care and impossibly difficult choices regarding allocation of potentially life-saving medical resources to critically ill patients.

April 16, 2020

WHAT: The U.S. cancer care delivery system is facing unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancer care teams and the patients they serve are navigating significant barriers to high-quality care and impossibly difficult choices regarding allocation of potentially life-saving medical resources to critically ill patients.

April 10, 2020

Alexandria, VA – The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today launched the ASCO Survey on COVID-19 in Oncology Registry (ASCO Registry) to help the entire cancer community learn about the pattern of symptoms and severity of COVID-19 among patients with cancer, as well as how COVID-19 infections impact the delivery of cancer care and patient outcomes. The registry will collect both baseline and follow up data throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and into 2021.

April 9, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today released a set of recommendations to support the oncology community as health care institutions across the United States face potentially difficult decisions around the allocation of scarce health care resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. In some geographic areas, the ongoing crisis is expected to demand more resources—including ventilators, critical and intensive care beds, and medications—than the U.S. or local health care systems can supply, and institutions will need to develop allocation decision policies as they provide care for a growing number of patients.

March 9, 2020

“We commend the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for releasing draft guidance to encourage inclusion of older adults in clinical trials of drugs for the treatment of cancer. We thank Richard Pazdur, MD, director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence, for his leadership on this important issue.

March 6, 2020

WHAT: Clinical trials often provide patients with life-threatening conditions the best - perhaps only - treatment option for their condition. However, unlike Medicare and private and commercial payers, Medicaid is not federally required to cover routine care costs (like physician visits and laboratory studies) for patients on clinical trials. Without the guarantee of coverage, many Medicaid beneficiaries do not have the latest technological and scientific advancements as a treatment option. 

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