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ASCO Patient Advocacy Programs & Opportunities

An advocate is someone who supports or defends a cause. In the cancer community, an advocate supports a cause or policy regarding cancer. Cancer advocates can work on a local, national, or global level, providing support to those living with cancer, raising public awareness of the disease, advancing cancer research, improving the quality of cancer care, or addressing legislative and regulatory issues that affect cancer care and research.

ASCO's mission has always centered around improving the treatment and care of people living with cancer. This mission includes serving not only the educational needs of the professional oncology community, but the educational needs of the patient advocacy community as well.

ASCO offers the following programs and opportunities for advocates who would like to get involved in our society and participate in our meetings:

ASCO Membership is available to patient advocates, under the Affiliated Health Professionals category.

Volunteer Opportunities are available for patient advocates who are ASCO members. Advocates serve as volunteers on ASCO committees, ASCO guideline panels, ASCO’s TAPUR Study, ASCO’s CDK/6 Dosing Knowledge Study, Conquer Cancer grant review panels, and more.

Patient Advocate Registration for ASCO Meetings provides advocates with discounted registration.  Visit ASCO Meetings for registration rates and criteria for each meeting.

Discounted Exhibit Space at ASCO Meetings is available to patient advocacy organizations, including the ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth at the ASCO Annual Meeting, which provides complimentary exhibit space for 50 organizations.

Conquer Cancer Foundation Patient Advocate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for the ASCO Annual Meeting and ASCO Symposia, when funds are available.

To learn more about these programs and opportunities, please contact patientadvocates@asco.org.

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"At ASCO, there's a place for everyone from every corner of oncology and the world."
Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO
ASCO CEO 2006-2016