ASCO International

Approximately 32% of ASCO’s more than 40,000 members reside outside the United States, representing a global community of cancer care providers. ASCO International connects these members, organizations, and countries through a large and expanding portfolio of international oncology workshops and award opportunities.

The ultimate goal of ASCO International is to optimize care for every patient with cancer in the world. To achieve this goal, ASCO counts on its volunteers to coordinate activities, serve as mentors, and travel worldwide to teach courses on such topics as palliative care, clinical trials, and multidisciplinary cancer management. The following articles capture the stories of volunteers and ASCO International’s efforts around the globe. To get involved or to write an article, contact international@asco.org.

Aug 27, 2013
Oncology professionals interested in volunteering through the International Cancer Corps (ICC; asco.org/cancercorps) now have the opportunity to visit sites in Bhutan, Costa Rica, and Paraguay, in addition to the program’s established sites in Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Hue, Vietnam.    
Jun 25, 2013
Iran has a population of 75 million—a large portion of which is under age 30. Cancer is the third most common cause of death after coronary heart disease and road traffic accidents, and in recent decades, the mortality of cancer has increased.
Apr 17, 2013
ASCO International, in collaboration with other organizations, offers Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Courses (MCMC) to improve cancer care globally through the promotion of interdisciplinary cancer management. This past January, ASCO collaborated with AMPATH to conduct workshops in Eldoret, Kenya. In the following interview, MCMC course...
Feb 26, 2013
With the induction of the January 2013 new member cohort, ASCO's membership outside the United States has grown to over 10,000 members (and ASCO's total membership has grown to over 30,000). "This is a major milestone for the Society, reflecting ASCO's growth and development as an international society," wrote ASCO CEO Allen Lichter, MD, in an...
Feb 26, 2013
ASCO has taken deliberate steps to help to bridge the gap in health equity among different racial and economic groups in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, regardless of geography. The Society is now a global community of cancer care providers in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Feb 26, 2013
ASCO members will see a significant expansion of the Society’s international programs and engagement with medical professionals around the world beginning in 2013, an effort led by the International Affairs Committee.
Dec 20, 2012
ASCO’s support of Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), an international medical education organization, provides an opportunity to strengthen cancer care medical centers in low-resource countries.
Dec 20, 2012
ASCO and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have a rich history of collaborations worldwide, particularly among developing nations.
Oct 25, 2012
Agir Ensemble (“Working Together”) is a nonprofit organization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that is engaged in the fight against cancer. In the interview that follows, Mateus Kambale Sahani, MD, Director of Agir Ensemble’s Health Department, shares his perspectives on cancer in the region.
Aug 29, 2012
As the majority of patients with cancer in the Middle East present with advanced disease, often the only treatment option is palliative care. However, one of the main obstacles to the provision of appropriate palliative care and pain treatment is the lack of training for caregivers.

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