Statement from American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, on the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts and Figures 2019 Report
Alexandria, VA. & Chicago – The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO) and Tempus announced today an agreement to support research sites participating in ASCO’s Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization (TAPUR™) Study. The TAPUR Study is a prospective, non-randomized clinical trial that aims to describe the performance (both safety and efficacy) of Food and Drug Administration-approved, targeted anticancer drugs that are used for the treatment of patients who have both advanced cancer and a potentially actionable genomic alteration. Tumor profiling testing by a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA)-certified, College of American Pathologists-accredited lab is required for patients to enroll in the study.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today published standards on the safe handling of hazardous drugs in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. ASCO’s standards largely endorse best practices issued by other stakeholder groups for safely handling hazardous drugs but offer alternatives in several key areas where more research is needed to identify evidence-based safety measures.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Advances in medicine and technology are emerging faster than ever before. To harness this momentum, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is convening Breakthrough: A Global Summit for Oncology Innovators – a new meeting focused on the intersection of medicine, scientific discovery, and innovations in technology. The inaugural meeting will take place October 11-13, 2019 at the Centara Grand Hotel CentralWorld in Bangkok, Thailand.
Alexandria, Va. – The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) today published a joint analysis comparing the results of both organizations’ value frameworks in ASCO’s Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO). The analysis found that the frameworks produce comparable measures of the clinical benefits of new therapies in approximately two-thirds of the more than 100 treatment comparisons that were examined. It also identified a number of factors that may contribute to discordant scores, revealing potential ways for both organizations to refine their frameworks in the future.
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"