ASCO International

Approximately 32% of ASCO’s nearly 45,000 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

May 09, 2016
Uwemedimbuk Ekanem, MD, MPH, discusses her experience at one of ASCO’s Cancer Control in Primary Care Courses (CCPC) in her home country of Nigeria.
Apr 26, 2016
In 2014, a group of ASCO members served on the Union for International Cancer Control task force advising the World Health Organization (WHO) on their list of essential cancer medicines. In April 2015, the UICC task force achieved the approval of more than 16 additional drugs for this list.
Feb 23, 2016
ASCO President-Elect Dr. Daniel F. Hayes describes the fruitful collaboration between ASCO and CAP over the past decade, and a united commitment to improving cancer care in the future.
Jan 27, 2016
"I was privileged to be part of an ASCO sponsored international Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course, seeking to offer guidance in the cross specialty care of patients with cancer. This program would take me to Harare, Zimbabwe."
Jan 27, 2016
By Doug Pyle, Senior Director, International Affairs On World Cancer Day 2013, ASCO launched ASCO International and a commitment to double its international programs. Three years later, much of what we said we would accomplish has been done, and plans for further expansion are in the works. On this February 4, I would like to take some...
Jan 07, 2016
International Innovation Grants will support research in India, Nepal, Uganda, and the Philippines on the cost of childhood cancer, mobile technology in cervical cancer screening and diagnosis, and doctor-patient dialogue via a paired computerized system and mobile application.
Dec 15, 2015
Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, has practiced in some of the best medical centers in the world and has also seen compassionate care delivered by devoted physicians in settings where resources are most constrained. With a longstanding interest in global health, he is deeply committed to improving cancer care in Rwanda and Haiti through his partnership...
Dec 14, 2015
The International Innovation Grant, funded by the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of ASCO, provides research funding in support of novel and innovative projects that can have a significant impact on cancer control in low- and middle-income countries. The grant is intended to support research that has the potential to reduce the cancer burden in...
Oct 26, 2015
Miklos Simon, MD, describes his experience as a volunteer for  two of ASCO International’s program—as an instructor for the International Palliative Care Workshop (IPCW) in Fez, Morocco, and as a mentor in the Virtual Mentors Program.
Oct 15, 2015
Palliative care has become an increasingly important issue in cancer care, both in the United States and internationally. In June, ASCO’s International Cancer Corps held a Palliative Care Workshop at the Hospital.