Mission: Asco is a professional oncology society committed to conquering cancer through research, education, prevention and delivery of high quality care. Asco vision statements: -- all cancer patients will have lifelong access to high quality, effective, affordable and compassionate care. -- the most accurate cancer information will be available so that patients and physicians can make informed decisions about cancer prevention and treatment. -- information we learn from every patient will be used to accelerate progress against cancer. -- resources will exist to attract the best clinicians and investigators to provide optimal patient care and to conduct transformative research. --asco will be recognized as the most trusted source of cancer information worldwide.
Programs: Educational and scientific meetings and products - asco provides educational and scientific programs and content on a variety of oncology-related topics in a variety of formats. Working with volunteer asco members, asco plans and presents live meetings on cutting edge research and science in the field of clinical oncology. The scientific research and education presented at the meetings enhances knowledge about cancer, thus advancing high-quality cancer care. The asco annual meeting is the world's premier educational and scientific meeting in the oncology community and the thematic meetings presented or co-sponsored by asco provide opportunities for focused educational and scientific programming on specific types of cancers. Asco's educational and scientific programs serve the diverse needs of oncology practitioners worldwide and assist them in providing world class cancer care and in conducting cutting edge research through the continuum of their careers. Appropriate programs are provided for oncology fellows, junior faculty members, oncology program directors, and others to meet the changing needs of people living with cancer and address the modern-day practice of oncology. Working with volunteer asco members, asco plans, implements and evaluates continuing medical education (cme) to support the continued education of oncologists so that they are better prepared to meet the prevention, diagnosis and treatment needs of their patients. Currently, asco holds the status of accreditation with commendation from the accreditation council for cme for asco's cme program. Asco makes much of the content from its meetings and other educational and scientific content available to the general public through two asco websites: www. Asco. Org and www. Cancer. Net. Additionally, asco makes educational and scientific materials available through a variety of channels, including books, dvds, virtual meetings, podcasts and public forums. Highlights of the 2016 activities include: over 38,000 people attended the 2016 asco annual meeting, including physicians, nurses, caregivers, patients, and patient advocates. More than half of attendees at the 2016 asco annual meeting were international attendees. The 2016 annual meeting featured over 220 educational and scientific sessions and over 4,500 abstracts were presented or published. Nearly 3,000 presentations were captured in audio and video to be made available electronically. In addition to the asco annual meeting, asco sponsored or co-sponsored over 50 educational and scientific symposia, workshops, and courses inside and outside the united states on a wide variety of cancer-related topics to improve oncology care in and around the world. These meetings included: - best of asco - palliative care in oncology symposium - quality care symposium - gi cancers symposium - gu cancers symposium - cancer survivorship symposium international affairs meetings and courses: - best of asco international - joint symposia - advanced cancer courses - multidisciplinary cancer management courses asco publishes daily news products for each of its major live meetings. The daily news products include print newspapers that are distributed onsite to all attendees at the live event and online (the entirety of the print versions plus bonus coverage) to asco members and to the general public. The daily news products include coverage of key educational and scientific sessions, editorials by experts in various subspecialties, information about asco products and resources, profiles of grant and award winners, and commentary and topics of interest to international attendees and members.
quality - the asco quality department is responsible for the development of evidence-based guidelines, developing and validating quality measures in oncology, quality improvement and measurement. Programs include: - cancerlinq, an initiative to develop a rapid learning system in oncology. This effort is intended to transform the way oncologists practice, learn, and interact with their patients. - quality oncology practice initiative (qopi). A quality assessment and improvement program for outpatient medical oncology and hematology-oncology practices. Qopi provides a web-based data collection tool that allows practice staff to 1) report on various cancer care quality measures, 2) receive analyzed data on practice performance, and 3) compare performance against their peers for data-driven improvement activities. - qopi certification program. The qopi certification program builds upon the success of qopi. Qopi certification demonstrates a commitment to excellence and ongoing quality improvement in the hematology-oncology outpatient practice. The goals of the qopi certification program are to: - promote high quality cancer care as defined by the clinician experts. - provide a trusted solution to satisfy external demand for quality activities. - reduce redundant programs or administrative burdens related to the demonstration of quality. - new guidelines and ongoing updates. Asco has published over 50 practice guidelines, endorsements, and provisional clinical opinions (pco's) addressing a wide range of cancer treatment, diagnosis, and management issues.
educational publications - asco publishes several educational journals addressing clinical oncology that are available to the public. Journal of clinical oncology (jco) is a highly regarded, peer-reviewed journal that disseminates quality articles on significant clinical oncology research in print and electronic formats. Journal of oncology practice (jop) includes original research and perspectives on clinical and administrative management addressing the practice of oncology, which are edited by oncologists. The journal of global oncology (jgo) is an online only, open access journal focused on cancer care, research and care delivery issues unique to countries and settings with limited healthcare resources. Jco clinical cancer informatics is an online-only interdisciplinary journal publishing clinically relevant research based on biomedical informatics methods and processes applied to cancer-related data, information and images. Jco precision oncology is a peer-reviewed, online-only, article based journal publishing original research, reports, opinions and reviews that advance the science and practice of precision oncology and define genomics-driven clinical care of patients with cancer.