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American Society of Clinical Oncology

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a professional organization representing physicians of all oncology sub-specialties who care for people with cancer. Founded in 1964 by Drs. Fred Ansfield, Harry Bisel, Herman Freckman, Arnoldus Goudsmit, Robert Talley, William Wilson, and Jane C. Wright, ASCO has nearly 45,000 members worldwide.

American Society of Clinical Oncology
MottoMaking a world of difference in cancer care
Formation1964 (1964)
HeadquartersAlexandria, Virginia
Nearly 45,000
Official language


Physician educationEdit

ASCO offers several educational resources for cancer physicians and other health care professionals in the field of clinical oncology. These resources include scientific meetings, educational conferences, professional workshops, and special symposia on issues of particular relevance and importance to oncologists and researchers.

ASCO publishes numerous journals, books, newsletters, and online and multimedia resources. In addition to producing the patient information website, Cancer.Net, ASCO publishes the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO),[1] the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP),[2] and the Journal of Global Oncology (JGO).[3] Two other online-only journals published by ASCO include JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, which publishes clinically relevant research based on biomedical informatics methods and processes applied to cancer-related data, information, and images,[4] and JCO Precision Oncology, which publishes original research, reports, opinions, and reviews related to precision oncology and genomics-driven care of patients with cancer.[5]

ASCO also publishes special curricula to address specific educational needs of cancer professionals.

Annual MeetingEdit

With over 40,000 attendees the ASCO Annual Meeting is one of the largest educational and scientific events in the oncology community.[6] The five-day event provides a venue for physicians and scientists to present research results to a global audience of oncology professionals.


  • Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Journal of Oncology Practice
  • Journal of Global Oncology
  • JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics
  • JCO Precision Oncology
  • ASCO Connection


Created by members of ASCO, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization seeking dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment, and cures of all types of cancer. Since the inception of its grants and awards program in 1984, Conquer Cancer has awarded more than $90 million in funding through nearly 1,500 grants and awards to researchers in 65 countries. In 2015, the foundation launched The Campaign to Conquer Cancer, a comprehensive campaign to raise $150 million to fund cancer research, support Conquer Cancer's top priorities, and bring national awareness to the Foundation.

ASCO's patient information website, Cancer.Net, is supported by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO, and provides information relevant for people with cancer.

CancerLinQ® is ASCO's data platform initiative. It was created to give oncologists a robust quality monitoring system that collects and analyzes data from all patient encounters so they can deliver patients the highest possible quality of care.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About JCO". Journal of Clinical Oncology. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  2. ^ "About JOP". Journal of Oncology Practice. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
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  6. ^ "Call for Abstracts". 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting. Retrieved 16 December 2015.

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