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October 16, 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the West Coast session of ASCO’s Quality Training Program, which will be held off-site near City of Hope in California, beginning in January. Applications are due Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

September 24, 2018

ASCO is now holding Quality Training Program seminars outside of the U.S. for practices interested in participating.

September 13, 2018

A new study in the Journal of Oncology Practice surveys practices within ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) to learn about real world implementation and use of Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs). The survey yielded valuable information on the perception of PROs among oncology practices and the data currently being collected.

September 12, 2018

The number of international practices certified in delivering high-quality cancer care based on rigorous standards established by ASCO is increasing. The Medisprof Cancer Center in Romania joins six other practices in Brazil, Greece, and Spain in achieving ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification.

September 12, 2018

On September 28 from 2–3 p.m. (ET), the National Cancer Institute’s Behavioral Research Program will host a free webinar, “Alcohol and Cancer in the United States,” that will feature ASCO expert Noelle K. LoConte, MD.

August 27, 2018

As of August 2018, 100 teams from oncology practices around the U.S. and the world have participated in ASCO’s Quality Training Program.

August 6, 2018

The agenda for the 2018 ASCO Oncology Practice Conference has been finalized. The conference will take place September 27, 2018, at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Ariz., and registration is open. The hotel reservation and early registration deadline is August 22 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).

July 25, 2018

A new “frailty index” predicts overall survival for patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma, according to a study published on July 25 in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics.

July 13, 2018

ASCO’s Policy Issue Briefs provide succinct overviews and relevant data on major policy issues impacting patients with cancer and the physicians who care for them. These briefs are designed to be especially helpful for journalists, offering background information on key issues across health policy today.

July 5, 2018

ASCO and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), are calling on leaders and health ministers of the 193 United Nations (UN) member countries to reduce the burden of all non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cancer. The two organizations issued a joint statement in advance of the third High-level Meeting of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, taking place on September 27, 2018, in New York.

June 26, 2018

ASCO Practice Consulting Services & Support is expanding its offerings to include new clinical consulting services designed to help oncology practices standardize patient care, use their workforce efficiently, and transition patient care to a value-based care delivery model. 

June 7, 2018

ASCO has officially endorsed a statement by the 70 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers calling for increased HPV vaccination and screening to eliminate human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers. The full uptake of the vaccine and screening could prevent 12,000 cervical cancers and nearly 40,000 other HPV-related cancers (oropharyngeal, anal, penile, vulvar, and vaginal cancers) among men and women annually in the United States.

June 7, 2018

On June 7, a new article published in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, “Applied Informatics Decision Support Tool for Mortality Predictions in Patients With Cancer,” reports on a prediction model the authors developed to identify patients with high mortality risk prior to the start of treatment regimens.

June 1, 2018

ASCO is surveying oncology providers on how and when they initiate conversations about weight management, as well as help their patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight after a cancer diagnosis. 

May 30, 2018

A team of oncology professionals from the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance and University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center who are currently participating in ASCO’s Quality Training Program turned their program project into a poster that was showcased at the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology’s Spring Group Meeting held May 10–11.