April 17, 2024

Cancer doctors from across the U.S. are lending their voices to a new advocacy campaign to end drug shortages. Led by the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), nearly 500 oncology professionals have signed an open letter to Congress and the administration highlighting the severe impact of drug shortages on cancer care and urging swift action from lawmakers.

March 14, 2024

A new ASCO policy statement is emphasizing the urgent need for global equity in clinical trials. The statement, which published March 14, 2024, in JCO Global Oncology, explains how global equity can be advanced by diversifying trial representation, increasing access to resources, and strengthening research capacity on a global scale.

February 28, 2024

The President's Cancer Panel issued a report on Feb. 28 on the National Cancer Plan that highlights seven ASCO programs that are contributing to the plan.

January 9, 2024

A new call-to-action published today, January 9, in the journal Cancer details practical steps for the oncology research and clinical care communities to expand access to clinical trials and enable patients to participate closer to their homes.

December 15, 2023

ASCO has elected Eric J. Small, MD, FASCO, to lead as its President beginning in June 2025. 

November 17, 2023

President Biden announced on Nov. 17, 2023, the appointment of W. Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, Chair of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Physician-in-Chief for Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital and Clinics, as his choice for director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

October 17, 2023

The American Society of Clinical Oncology and Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are urging members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions to approve the nomination of Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, as the next Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during its October 18, 2023, hearing.

October 2, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –– The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released a research statement, “Measuring Ovarian Toxicity in Clinical Trials,” outlining new recommendations for appropriate assessment of ovarian toxicity in cancer clinical trials. The statement, published today in Lancet Oncology, emphasizes the urgent need to understand the long-term impacts of cancer therapies on ovarian function. 

September 5, 2023

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will join the President’s Cancer Panel on Sept. 7 to highlight the numerous ways ASCO is working to advance the National Cancer Plan and achieve the president’s Cancer Moonshot goal of “ending cancer as we know it.” 

July 18, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has been awarded $11 million in research funding by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study dosing strategies of oral CDK4/6 inhibitors in older adults living with metastatic breast cancer. The study aims to address a critical evidence gap in the treatment of this disease: dose optimization and individualization. Despite breast cancer being more prevalent in people age 65 or older, few from this age group, particularly those above 75, are included in CDK4/6 inhibitor clinical trials. 

May 15, 2023

Today President Biden announced the nomination of current National Cancer Institute Director (NCI), Dr. Monica Bertagnolli, to become Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

May 1, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – More than 150 members of the Association of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the leading professional organization for oncology professionals, will meet with Members of Congress on Tuesday urging them to make cancer care a top priority.

“Lawmakers have a profound effect on cancer patients and their doctors. From funding the research that leads to new groundbreaking treatments, to ensuring those treatments are covered by insurance and accessible and affordable to patients; lawmakers play a pivotal role,” said ASCO Board Chair Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO.

April 19, 2023

Today members of the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a proposed legislative deal to reduce federal spending in exchange for raising the nation’s debt ceiling. The proposal includes significant funding cuts to federal agencies, which would include resources for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI). It also proposes adding work requirements for Medicaid enrollment.

A statement from Dr. Julie Gralow, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Association of Clinical Oncology follows:

April 3, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today the National Cancer Institute (NCI) released an ambitious National Cancer Plan designed to accelerate scientific progress against the disease, maximize the potential of discovery and achieve the goal of the Cancer Moonshot initiative to “end cancer as we know it.”

March 30, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – “Today’s ruling is a significant step backward in the effort to reduce cancer incidence and death. By reversing the now more than decade-long requirement that insurance plans cover proven cancer screenings—including those for breast, colon, and lung—health plans could reinstate cost-sharing and patients could once again be forced to weigh the potentially lifesaving benefit of a doctor-recommended cancer screening against the out-of-pocket costs it may generate.