Take A Sneak Peek at #ASCO18

Take A Sneak Peek at #ASCO18

Linda R. Duska, MD, MPH

Apr 25, 2018

This is one of the busiest and most exciting times of the year for many of us, as we are just about a month out from the ASCO Annual Meeting. (If you’re a bit surprised at how close June 1 actually is, don’t worry—we have a handy checklist to help you prepare.)

Members of the Education Committee, led by Dr. David R. Spigel, have brought together compelling expert faculty to lead this year’s education sessions. My colleagues and I on the Scientific Program Committee, led by Dr. Ann H. Partridge, evaluated over 6,000 abstract submissions to ensure that the most cutting-edge science is presented. Our latest cover story highlights just a few of the can’t-miss sessions and experiences, including:

  • Distinguished guest speakers from NCI and FDA
  • A panel about cancer in the media, led by prominent health journalists
  • A book club discussion on race and bias in medicine (you don’t have to read the book ahead of time to attend—but you’ll want to)
  • New personal talks by your fellow ASCO members (ASCO Voices)

If you’re a trainee or junior faculty member attending the Annual Meeting for the first time this year, Dr. Roberto A. Leon-Ferre offers some tips and practical advice for getting the most out of the experience, including special opportunities for young professionals.

This year’s Annual Meeting program was informed by the theme “Delivering Discoveries: Expanding the Reach of Precision Medicine.” The theme celebrates the promise of precision medicine, which was also the focus of a robust panel discussion hosted by ASCO earlier this year.

At the same time, the theme reminds us that our patients still face significant barriers in accessing the most innovative and effective cancer care. Drs. Janet Bull and Lindsay Bonsignore describe their practice’s foray into telemedicine for palliative care, which could change the game for patients in geographically remote or medically underserved locations. We also take a look at the Union for International Cancer Control’s City Cancer Challenge (C/Can 2025). ASCO is a founding collaborator on this ambitious and inspiring program intended to increase the number of people with access to quality cancer care in cities.

If you’re attending the Annual Meeting this year and you see me out and about in McCormick Place or at a Gynecologic Cancer Track session, I hope you’ll say hello and share your feedback on your member magazine. See you in Chicago!

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