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ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program Highlights Part I: May 13, 2020

May 13, 2020

The ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, taking place May 29-31, will provide an engaging lineup of scheduled and on-demand scientific content across a variety of approaches, disciplines, and specialties.

Explore highlights from today's abstract release below, and read the patient-friendly news roundup in English or Spanish on Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient information website. 

Greater Decline in Cancer-Related Deaths Seen in Medicaid Expansion States in First Nationwide Study Abstract 2003
States that adopted Medicaid expansion following passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 saw greater decreases in cancer mortality rates than states that did not, according to the first nationwide study of its kind. Read more

Maintenance Therapy With PARP Inhibitor Olaparib Extends Survival By Over 1 Year in Patients With Relapsed Ovarian Cancer and BRCA Mutation Abstract 6002
Maintenance therapy with olaparib (Lynparza) extended overall survival by nearly 13 months (12.9) compared with placebo in women with platinum-sensitive relapsed ovarian cancer with BRCA 1 or 2 mutations, in a randomized phase III trial. Read more

Videoconference Intervention Significantly Reduces Anxiety and Distress Among Remote Caregivers of People With Cancer Abstract 12123
A videoconferencing intervention significantly reduced levels of anxiety and distress among “distance caregivers" who live more than an hour away from the patients with cancer they support, according to the results of a federally funded study. Read more

Quitting Smoking at Any Point, Even Close to a Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Improves Chances of Survival Abstract 1512
People who quit smoking at any time—even less than 2 years before a lung cancer diagnosis—improve their chances of survival after being diagnosed with the disease, according to the results of a large international study. Read more

Integrating Geriatric Assessment and Management Into Cancer Care Improves Quality of Life, Reduces Hospital Admissions for Older Patients Abstract 12011
Older people with cancer set to receive anti-cancer therapy had significant improvements in quality of life when comprehensive geriatric assessment and geriatrician-led management was integrated into their care plan. Read more

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