The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is considered the premier educational and scientific event in the oncology community. The 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, May 31-June 4. 

The Conquer Cancer Patient Advocate Scholarship Program

The Conquer Cancer Patient Advocate Scholarship Program will provide a limited number of scholarships for patient advocates to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting to learn of important advances in their areas of interest. Scholarships help cover travel, hotel, and registration expenses and are based primarily on financial need, advocacy experience, and current advocacy activities and involvement. 

The application period for a scholarship to attend the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting has now closed.  The application for the 2025 ASCO Annual Meeting will open in March 2025. 

ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth

ASCO Sponsored Advocacy Booths

The ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth at the ASCO Annual Meeting provides complimentary exhibit space where not-for-profit patient advocacy organizations may promote their programs, services, and resources to the professional oncology community. The booth provides a venue where advocate exhibitors can display materials and where meeting attendees and patient advocates can meet, interact, and exchange information. 

The application period for the ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting has now closed.  The application for the 2025 ASCO Annual Meeting will open in February 2025. 

Discounted Registration Rate for Patient Advocates (for non-exhibitors)

Patient advocates may register to attend in person at a reduced rate. Registration is free for patient advocates who choose to participate online only. 

Individuals interested in registering under the Patient Advocate registration category must either work or volunteer for national or international not-for-profit patient advocacy organizations that

  • Demonstrate a charitable mission
  • Engage in patient advocacy activities
  • Provide programs, services, information, and/or support for people affected by cancer
  • Have a nonprofessional membership
  • Do not offer continuing medical education (CME) or scientific programs for professionals.

Advocates not affiliated with a national or international not-for-profit organization may also be eligible to register at the patient advocate rate, based on their advocacy role and experience. Please note, this registration category is reserved exclusively for patient advocates whose primary role is in cancer patient advocacy.  It is not intended for medical professionals. Individuals registered under this category are not eligible to receive continuing education credit for their attendance at the meeting.

How to Register

  • Members: Patient advocates who are currently members of ASCO (under the Patient Advocate membership category) will automatically receive the reduced rate when registering.
  • Nonmembers: Patient Advocates interested in registering under the reduced rate must submit a curriculum vitae, resume, or bio-sketch via email to patientadvocates@asco.org. Please allow up to 2 business days for review. 

Patient Advocate Lounge

Advocates at the Patient Advocate Lounge

The Patient Advocate Lounge is reserved for attendees who are registered as patient advocates or patient advocate exhibitors. It is a designated space where advocates can gather to take a break, network with others, peruse patient education materials, and attend special events.

  • Advocacy organizations are welcome to display materials in the Lounge (100 pieces or less per organization)
  • Continental breakfast and lunch are available
  • A patient advocate ribbon must be attached to attendee badge for access to the Lounge. Meeting attendees who are not registered as patient advocates or patient advocate exhibitors must be accompanied by an advocate upon entering and exiting
  • Patient advocate exhibitors may pick up complimentary session access passes that provide access to the non-ticketed sessions (2 passes per organization)
  • Patient Advocate and Cancer Survivor ribbons may be picked up in the Lounge

ASCO President’s Reception

The ASCO President’s Reception is an opportunity to network and socialize with ASCO leaders, ASCO staff, and fellow advocates. Patient advocates who registered by the early registration deadline for the ASCO Annual Meeting are invited to the reception. Please note, there is a limit of 2 people per organization for exhibiting patient advocacy organizations. Invitations are sent in early May. Advance RSVP is required, and changes cannot be made onsite.