American Society of Clinical Oncology

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American Society of Clinical Oncology
Motto Making a world of difference in cancer care
Formation 1964 (1964)
Headquarters Alexandria, Virginia
Nearly 40,000
Official language

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a professional organization representing physicians of all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer. Founded in 1964 by Drs. Fred Ansfield, Harry Bisel, Herman Freckman, Arnoldus Goudsmit, Robert Talley, William Wilson, and Jane C. Wright, ASCO has nearly 40,000 members.

Physician education[edit]

ASCO offers several educational resources for cancer physicians and other health care professionals in the field of clinical oncology. These resources include scientific meetings, educational conferences, professional workshops, and special symposia on issues of particular relevance and importance to clinical oncologists and researchers.

ASCO publishes numerous journals, books, newsletters, and online and multimedia resources. In addition to producing the patient information website of Cancer.Net, ASCO publishes the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), the most credible, authoritative peer-reviewed resource for disseminating significant clinical cancer research,[1] the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), with the goal of being the authoritative resource on clinical and administrative management for practicing oncologists in their daily clinical and administrative practice operations[2] and the Journal of Global Oncology (JGO), the online-only, open access journal that fulfills a growing need for high-quality literature on the array of challenges that health care professionals in resource-limited settings face in caring for patients with cancer and in conducting research.

ASCO also publishes special curricula to address specific educational needs of cancer professionals. ASCO University is intended to enrich the education and training of residents, fellows, and practicing physicians, with the ultimate goal of promoting high-quality cancer care.

Annual Meeting[edit]

With over 30,000 attendees, the ASCO Annual Meeting is one of the largest educational and scientific events in the oncology community.[3] The five-day event provides a venue for physicians and scientists to present research results to a global audience of oncology professionals. Clinical trial results and updates presented at ASCO's Annual Meeting represent the extent of progress made each year in the fight against cancer.


The Society's affiliate program includes 48 state or regional affiliate organizations, such as the Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology.[4]


Conquer Cancer Foundation[edit]

Established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the Conquer Cancer Foundation (formerly the ASCO Cancer Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports clinical research in the field of oncology, patient education, and patient advocacy programs.[5] It funds initiatives spearheaded by the Foundation itself, by ASCO, and by program partners that stand among the most passionate, respected organizations working today in the global campaign against cancer. The Conquer Cancer Foundation's focus extends from cancer prevention through diagnosis, treatment, end-of-life care, and survivorship.

Since the inception of its Grants and Awards Program in 1984, the Conquer Cancer Foundation has funded more than 800 researchers worldwide.[6] The Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards Program provides funding for a multitude of innovative research initiatives, including the Young Investigator Award, the Career Development Award, and the Merit Award.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About JCO". Journal of Clinical Oncology. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "About JOP". Journal of Oncology Practice. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Call for Abstracts". 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "State/Regional Affiliate Program". American Society of Clinical Oncology. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "About the Conquer Cancer Foundation". Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants & Awards Program". Retrieved 16 December 2015. 

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