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

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.
Jul 02, 2012
ASCO partners with societies outside of the United States to develop skills of cancer researchers through educational workshops. These include International Clinical Trials Workshops (ICTWs) that support cancer research in economically emerging countries through the development of clinicians’ research skills in those countries. The goal of these...
Apr 19, 2012
Perspectives from UICC President-Elect Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz
From August 27–30, 2012, people from around the globe will gather in Montreal, Canada, for the Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC’s) World Cancer Congress (WCC). The Congress, held every two...
Mar 19, 2012
Last month, on February 4, health care providers and patients with cancer from around the world had the honor of participating in social and media activities related to what has become “World Cancer Day.”
Feb 09, 2012
According to the Cancer Incidence and Survival Report 2007 by the Saudi Cancer Registry, 12,309 cancer cases were diagnosed in Saudi Arabia in 2007 (Saudi Arabia’s population at the time was approximately 17 million).
Dec 21, 2011
As a result of the United Nations High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases a Political Declaration was unanimously adopted as a demonstration of commitment by countries around the world to reverse the epidemic of cancer and other NCDs.
Sep 12, 2011
Oncology professionals interested in volunteering through the International Cancer Corps now have the opportunity to visit sites in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Hue, Vietnam, in addition to the program’s inaugural site in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Jun 02, 2011
The ESMO/ASCO Recommendations for a Global Curriculum in Medical Oncology are a set of guidelines, with a global perspective, for the clinical training required for physicians to qualify as medical oncologists.
Apr 11, 2011
April 2011: The catastrophic 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, further reiterated to the world that forces of nature can be unpredictable and disastrous.
Mar 28, 2011
Clinical research in Central and Eastern Europe has a long-standing tradition. In 1988, the Central and Eastern European Oncology Group was established. Within this group, 12 member states with more than 30 research centers cooperated on clinical research.