Published on May 8, 2020
The COVID-19 global pandemic is changing the way meetings and events are delivered, and the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2020 is no exception. The safety of patients, care partners and medical teams is too important to risk meeting in-person, even with social distancing, so this year’s conference is moving online.
- The ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program will take place May 29 – May 31.
- This year’s virtual conference is free for some attendees, including patient advocates and survivors. Advance registration is required.
“ASCO’s primary concern is the health and safety of the global oncology community and the patients we serve,” as stated on their patient site, with an assurance that the virtual format will still provide a robust scientific and educational program.
“We have planned an exciting meeting and look forward to welcoming you virtually. On Friday, May 29, all oral, poster, and poster discussion presentations, as well as track-based Clinical Science Symposia, will be available online,” according to a recent news release from ASCO.1
ASCO20 will have more than 250 oral abstract presentations and 2,500 poster presentations in 24 disease-based and specialty tracks. View more details about the scientific program and follow the #ASCO20 hashtag on social media for timely updates and announcements.
Don’t miss the Symptoms and Survivorship Highlights session and find out what’s on the horizon for palliative care. There will also be interesting presentations in the Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction and Genetics session.
Find out what nonpharmacologic interventions are safe for patients and expand your learning on the role of genetics in cancer risk reduction and personalized care. In addition, enrolling older patients in clinical trials continues to be a challenge. Learn what top researchers are doing to expand eligibility criteria.
How this all plays out for patients and patient advocates remains to be seen, but updates will be forthcoming soon. For patients and care partners who are interested in the nitty gritty of the scientific program, abstracts will be released May 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM ET. A sneak peak of the abstract titles is now online.2
Everything is in flux, but with the right amount of social distancing we hope that ASCO 2021 will once again be hosted in-person in Chicago. A big part of the meeting is catching up with patient advocates and friends, and it won’t be the same for us this year. We look forward to learning the latest and greatest in patient care over a slice of Chicago’s signature deep-dish pizza next year. For now, stay in touch online from the safety of your home.
We’ll see you online at the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, May 29 – May 31.
~Lauren Evoy Davis
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