2023 ASCO Annual Meeting Preview: The Oncology Meeting You Can’t Miss

Apr 13, 2023

By Melanie Farrell, ASCO Publishing 
The ASCO Annual Meeting is your opportunity to join global cancer experts and discover the latest innovations in cancer research and education. Learn, collaborate, and connect with more than 40,000 oncology professionals from around the world, and explore the latest advancements in cancer research and care that ultimately benefit the patients we serve. 
The theme for this year’s meeting, selected by 2022–2023 ASCO president Eric P. Winer, MD, FASCO, asks attendees to look at how interactions between clinicians and patients have changed over the years. “Partnering With Patients: The Cornerstone of Cancer Care and Research” indicates the need to examine what has improved, what has deteriorated, and what can be done to make interactions between clinicians and patients better. 
Dr. Winer encourages attendees to “use this Annual Meeting to unequivocally recommit ourselves to patients—our most important partners in cancer care and research. Better, more equitable and engaged cancer care hinges on forging deeper, more meaningful relationships between oncology clinicians and the people we care for.” 
Attendees will see the theme reflected in sessions throughout the meeting, and during Dr. Winer’s Presidential Address at the Opening Session. 
“Annual Meeting is a time where we can celebrate the contributions of patients who have participated in clinical trials, which have made possible virtually all cancer progress from the last 50-plus years,” Dr. Winer said. “Let us be energized for the next 50 years by the incredible advances in cancer treatment, research, and care that are to be discovered at the ASCO Annual Meeting.” 
You are more than an attendee. You are part of the ASCO community. Join us and help shape the future of cancer care. Read on for highlights of the can’t-miss events, tips for connecting with colleagues, and new features for 2023 to personalize your meeting experience and make the most of every session you attend. 
Program information in this story is current as of March 22, 2023. View the most current information on the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting.  
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Find Your Place in the World's Leading Oncology Community 

Attendees participating in ASCO23 can stay up to date on new clinical cancer advances in every area of cancer research, gain real-time insights from world-renowned faculty, and connect with one of the largest, most diverse audiences in global oncology. 
Attending the ASCO Annual Meeting is about more than sitting in sessions—it’s about connecting with colleagues and being a part of something bigger than what takes place in the convention center. ASCO is delighted to give attendees the option of participating in person, online, or both. 
Your registration for the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting is an all-access pass to: 
  • Stay current on the most cutting-edge science, therapies, and technologies across disease sites. 
  • Notable opportunities to participate in career development, interactive sessions, compelling speakers, and inspirational and reinvigorating discussions. 
  • Networking and learning through 5 days of session content, 3 days of posters and exhibits, all with one memorable trip to Chicago.  
  • Connections with respected leaders in oncology that can lead to future research collaborations and career opportunities.  
  • Over 200 sessions available in-person and on-demand, including 122 hours of livestream content from 64 sessions, from which you can curate your own practice-changing experience. 
Is this your first time attending? Don’t miss “How to Navigate the Annual Meeting” on Saturday morning in the Trainee and Early-Career Oncologist Member Lounge and check out the some tips.
A Versatile, Interactive Program 
Use your devices—inside and outside the session rooms—to: 
  • Join livestream sessions from anywhere. 
  • Take notes and download slides. 
  • Pose questions to speakers. 
  • Answer case-based session polls during sessions. 
  • View posters and author recordings. 
  • Access on demand session videos, slides, and transcripts (available as soon as six hours after each live session). 
  • Claim continuing medical education (CME) credit for participation in each session. 
Opening Session 
On Saturday, June 3, ASCO will showcase the Opening Session, which includes the Presidential Address, Guest Speakers’ Panel, Presentation of the Fellows of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and David Karnofsky Memorial Award Lecture. (Following the presentation, the full transcript and video of the Presidential Address will be available on ASCO Connection.
ASCO is excited to welcome Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, as one of the meeting’s guest speakers. Dr. Murthy is the U.S. surgeon general and the vice admiral of the U.S. Public Health Services Commissioned Corps. As the nation’s doctor, he utilizes the best scientific information available to provide clear, consistent guidance and resources for the public, and ensures that the country’s most vulnerable communities are reached. As vice admiral, he commands a uniformed service of 6,000 public health officers, serving the most underserved and vulnerable populations in over 800 locations in the U.S. and abroad. 
Marcella Nunez-Smith, MD, MHS, will also be joining Opening Session as a guest speaker. Dr. Nunez-Smith is a physician-scientist who serves as C.N.H Long Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine, where she is also the inaugural associate dean for health equity research and founding director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center. Dr. Nunez-Smith was selected by President Joseph R. Biden to serve as senior advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team and chair of the Presidential COVID-19 Equity Task Force after co-chairing the Biden-Harris transition’s COVID-19 Advisory Board from November 2020 to January 2021.  
Opening Session participants will also hear from Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, the 16th director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the first woman to hold the position. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Bertagnolli served as 2018–2019 ASCO president, the Richard E. Wilson Professor of Surgery in the Field of Surgical Oncology at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Gastrointestinal Cancer and Sarcoma Disease Centers at the Brigham and Women’s/Dana-Farber Cancer Center. She is the 2023 recipient of ASCO’s Allen Lichter Visionary Leader Award.  
Attendees will hear from 2023 David Karnofsky Memorial Award recipient Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, FASCO, who is being recognized for his dedication to leukemia research and patient care. The most recent recipients of the Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) honor will also be recognized for their service to the Society. Learn more about the 2023 Special Award and FASCO recipients.
Communities of Practice 
Join colleagues that share your passion and goals through an ASCO Community of Practice. These groups are active online on the ASCO myConnection community platform and will meet onsite during ASCO23:   
  • Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Community of Practice—Friday, June 2, 1-3 PM (CT) 
  • Geriatric Oncology Community of Practice—Saturday, June 3, 8-9 AM (CT) 
  • International Medical Graduates (IMG) Community of Practice—Friday, June 2, 4-6 PM (CT) 
  • Medical Educators Community of Practice—Saturday, June 3, 7:30-9:30 AM (CT) 
  • Palliative Care Community of Practice—Friday, June 2, 4-6 PM (CT) 

Session Highlights

The 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting will feature over 200 sessions complementing the theme, “Partnering With Patients: The Cornerstone of Cancer Care and Research.” Some highlights from this year’s program include:  
  • Plenary Session, featuring presentation and discussion of the top clinical abstracts of the year. 
  • 24 Oral Abstract Sessions and 14 Clinical Science Symposia, featuring over 250 oral abstract presentations. 
  • Over 2,000 posters presented in Poster Sessions on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, including Trials in Progress. Following each track’s poster session, join the Poster Discussion Sessions to hear more discussant commentary on the top 12 posters and Q&A with the authors.  
  • New: Rapid Abstract Sessions in Breast Cancer, Developmental Therapeutics – Immunotherapy, and Lung Cancer. 
  • Highlights of the Day Sessions on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday mornings, as well as online. 
Ticketed Sessions 
Ticketed Sessions (purchase required) will be available in-person only and will not be recorded for on-demand viewing. Make the most of your in-person meeting experience by participating in intimate discussions with expert faculty on several focused topics, such as: 
  • Meet the Professors: Innovations for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes—Cancer Screening and Cascade Testing 
  • Meet the Professors: Nuts and Bolts—Building a Needs Assessment Toolkit for Survivorship 
  • Extending the Patient Legacy: Rapid Tissue Donation Programs and Their Impact on Cancer Discovery 
  • Fireside Chat: International Collaborations to Take Us ALL Into the Future—What Might Childhood ALL Therapy Look Like in 25 Years? 
Scientific Program 
This year, over 6,900 abstracts were submitted for consideration by the Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee. Of those, thousands were selected for presentation in Oral Abstract Sessions, Clinical Science Symposia, Poster Sessions, and online publication. The majority of abstracts will be released on May 25, 2023, at 5 PM (ET). Late-Breaking Abstracts (LBAs) will be released on a rolling basis during the meeting. 
“The ASCO Annual Meeting’s global reach makes it the best venue and opportunity for disseminating the latest practice-changing research in oncology, initiating and advancing collaborations, and coming together as a community to better the lives of patients with cancer,” said 2023 Annual Meeting Scientific Program Committee chair Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH. “The presidential theme will be woven into all scientific and educational sessions, and we can’t wait to hear and learn about innovative and equitable ways to partner with patients.”  
Education Program 
The Annual Meeting Education Program offers a robust portfolio of sessions for attendees to learn about standards of care and emerging treatment strategies and to share ideas about how to apply research advances into their practices. These sessions are designed to teach and engage participants across disciplines, as well as impart practical, take-home knowledge that can be applied to any cancer care setting. 
“The ASCO Annual Meeting provides a comprehensive blend of oncology education and cutting-edge research, making it a one-stop shop for staying up-to-date in this rapidly changing field,” said 2023 Annual Meeting Education Committee chair Shom Goel, MD, PhD, FRACP, MBBS. “The meeting also provides unparalleled opportunities for connecting with colleagues and networking with members of the oncology community from around the world.” 
You can choose from over 120 sessions featuring timely topics, including: 
  • Rational Combinations: The Road to Personalized Immunotherapy 
  • Integrating Liquid Biopsies Into Patient Care and Clinical Trial Design 
  • Novel Immunotherapeutics: Perspectives on Checkpoints, Bispecifics, and Vaccines in Development 
  • CAR T-Related Toxicities: Everything Clinicians Need to Know  
  • Next-Generation ADCs: Past, Present, and Future 
  • The Early-Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Journey: Beginning, End, and Everything in Between 
  • Next-Generation Approaches to Immuno-oncology in Gastrointestinal Cancers: Beyond Checkpoint Inhibitors 
Case-Based Panel Sessions 
These sessions will feature a multidisciplinary faculty panel discussing timely and challenging real-world clinical scenarios. These sessions are highly interactive, offering both Q&A and audience polling. 2023 Case-Based Panel Session highlights include: 
  • A Patient’s Journey From Early-Stage to Metastatic Lung Cancer  
  • Shared Decision-Making for Older Adults With Cancer Using Available Treatment Tools 
  • Managing Cancer Risk in Transgender Patients With Inherited Cancer Predisposition 
  • Germline Testing Around the Globe: Challenges in Different Practice Settings 
  • Addressing Grief, Burnout, and Well-Being in the Practice of Oncology 

Connecting to our Humanity in Medicine

The ASCO Annual Meeting goes beyond the science. There are invaluable opportunities for attendees in all stages of their careers. Don’t miss these sessions, designed to help you build partnerships with your patients and colleagues in today’s practice, on topics such as: 
  • Practicing in a Polarized Society: Ethics and Social Justice in Oncology 
  • Workshop: Building Partnership During Challenging Conversations With Patients (in-person only) 
  • When the World Becomes a Waiting Room: Setting Boundaries With Our Patients and Ourselves 
  • Cancer During Pregnancy: Medical, Psychosocial, Ethical, and Legal Considerations 
  • Building an Impactful Oncology Care Team With Aligning Incentives 
ASCO Voices 
ASCO Voices continues to be one of the most compelling sessions offered at the ASCO Annual Meeting, offering an opportunity to reflect on personal stories and experiences from across the oncology continuum.  
“As health care professionals, our practices are built on the stories of patients we have had the privilege to be part of,” said Edmond Ang, MBBCh, FRACP, MRCP, who presented during the 2019 session. “ASCO Voices adds diversity, depth, perspective, and color to an already great scientific meeting.” 
The following speakers have been selected to share their stories at the 2023 ASCO Voices on Saturday, June 3: 
  • “The Long Road to Equity: Life in Cancer Alley” by Rajasree Pia Chowdry, MD  
  • “Partnering With Patients for Modern Clinical Trials” by Shalaan Beg, MD, MS 
  • “Everything Happens for a Reason” by Anthony D’Amico, MD, PhD 
  • “There Is No Cancer Lottery” by Samantha Siegel, MD 
  • “If You Want to Go Fast, Go Alone; If You Want to Go Far, Go Together” by Michael Serzan, MD 
Opportunities for Networking and Connection 
The ASCO Annual Meeting offers many opportunities to meet your next research collaborator, co-author, mentor, mentee, hiring manager, or new friend. Dedicated space has been set aside throughout McCormick Place for informal networking and conversation, along with structured opportunities for career development and connectionThese include: 
  • Career Connections: This new space offers seating areas for informal networking and meetings, panel discussions on career development topics, mock interviews and one-on-one mentoring sessions, and the ASCO Career Fair.  
  • ASCO Garden: Enjoy the view by Lake Michigan on the D2 terrace. Wine and beer are available for purchase in the afternoon. 
  • Find a Colleague directory: Send a direct, private email to connect with both in-person and online attendees. 
  • Lakeside Lounge: Relax, recharge, grab a bite to eat, and connect with colleagues. 
  • Networking Tables: Reserve a table at the meeting so you know when and where to meet with colleagues (reservations are free and available onsite). 
  • Southside Library: A quiet setting to network, charge devices, and grab a coffee or quick bite, while reading available ASCO publications. 
  • Medical Student and Resident Abstract Forum: Support the next generation of oncology leaders and explore the research that physicians-in-training are conducting across the globe. 
  • Publications Lounge: Meet the editors-in-chief of ASCO journals and catch up on the latest practice-changing research in global oncology. 
  • Trainee and Early Career Oncologist Member Lounge: Seek career advice and network with peers and experienced professionals in the field. 
  • Women’s Networking Center: Connect with other women in oncology and sign up for individual mentoring sessions. 
  • #ASCO23 TweetUp: Meet and mingle with attendees interested in the intersection of oncology and social media. All are welcome, even if you are not active on Twitter. 
  • Oncology Division Chiefs’ and Department Chairs’ Breakfast: Network and share best practices pertinent to department and division leaders in oncology. 
  • Training Program Directors’ Breakfast: Network, share best practices, and get refreshed on ASCO resources pertinent to fellowship training and oncology training programs. 
  • Patient Advocate Lounge: Gather with fellow patient advocates to take a break, grab breakfast and lunch, peruse patient education materials, and attend special sessions.  
  • ASCO Annual Business Meeting: ASCO members will hear Society and Association updates and meet incoming ASCO leaders. 

Onsite Amenities And Support 

Learn more about additional onsite amenities and services, transportation options to and from McCormick Place, and the latest information on meeting logistics before you arrive in Chicago. 
Free Onsite Childcare 
ASCO welcomes working parents and their children at the meeting. Free onsite childcare is available for children ages 6 months to 12 years on a first-come, first-served basis. Dedicated spaces are available for nursing parents. Learn more.
Professional Headshots 
Headshots taken by professional photographers are free for all attendees and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Health and Safety  
To do our part to create a healthy and safe meeting environment, ASCO will refer to the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels (Low, Medium, High) and associated Prevention Actions to guide health precautions for in-person meetings. You will be notified in advance of any changes to health requirements for an event if ASCO determines a change to be necessary. 
Attendees will have access to the meeting content online if they are unable to attend in person due to illness or a positive COVID test.  

Experience ASCO23 Online

ASCO recognizes that members of the global oncology community may experience barriers to in-person attendance at the Annual Meeting, including travel restrictions, personal obligations, financial and scheduling constraints, and health concerns. ASCO continues to provide a robust digital meeting experience to ensure that everyone can access the science and education from anywhere in the world. Find the full program and everything you need to participate in ASCO23 online
Connect on Social Media 
Connect with ASCO on social media to keep up with the latest information from the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook and share your own meeting experience using the official hashtag #ASCO23. Meeting coverage will primarily be posted on Twitter and Instagram.  
You can also follow the #ASCO23 Featured Voices—ASCO volunteers who have committed to leading a robust social media conversation throughout the meeting—on Twitter and Instagram. Featured Voices will be announced in late May. 
ASCO Daily News: Your Official Conference Reporter 
Bookmark ASCO Daily News for up-to-the-minute coverage before, during, and after the meeting. Catch up on key sessions and clinical takeaways with high-quality, unbiased research summaries and oncology news. The ASCO Daily News Podcast highlights key abstracts and research summaries from experts in the field.  
ASCO Educational Book 
Each year, the best minds in oncology come together to author scholarly reviews for the PubMed-indexed ASCO Educational Book. Catch up on the newest developments in oncology, written by ASCO Annual Meeting Education Program faculty and other invited experts. This publication is online only; articles are free to read and download. 

Are You Ready for ASCO23? 

The 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting is just a few weeks away, but you still have time to prepare. 
May 2023: 1 month out 
  • Look over the program at meetings.asco.org and begin planning your schedule. 
  • Use the Find a Colleague directory to send a private direct message to other registered attendees and make plans to meet or catch up. 
  • Make sure you’re following ASCO and the meeting hashtag #ASCO23 on your preferred social media apps. 
Week of May 25: 1 week out 
June 2 through June 6: 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting 
  • Access point-of-session–based tools like polling, eQ&A, note-taking, and to claim credits. 
  • Explore the Exhibit Hall, where you’ll find Exhibits, Posters, the Industry Expert Theater, Innovation Zone, and food courts. 
  • Show your ASCO pride: Purchase ASCO merchandise at the ASCO Store and online. 
  • Read ASCO Daily News for session coverage and more.
  • Visit the new Career Connections space and check out the ASCO Career Fair, attend career development talks, get a free professional headshot, and utilize space for informal networking. 
After the Annual Meeting: 
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