Global Oncology Interest Group

Update on ASCO 2020 and Evidence-Based COVID-19 Resources

  • 1.  Update on ASCO 2020 and Evidence-Based COVID-19 Resources

    Posted 03-24-2020 16:13
    Dear Global Oncology Community Colleagues:

    I hope everyone is doing well, given these strange and uncertain times. I wanted to share with you an update from ASCO President, Dr. Burris, on the ASCO 2020 Annual Meeting and share COVID-19 resources. I have included his update below, as well as attached his email message to make sure that you have access to the most up-to-date information. Please feel encouraged to use this space as a way to connect with each other to continue collaborating, sharing your challenges, best practices, and ultimately supporting each other as we work to overcome this new challenge. How is your country and institution responding to COVID-19? How is it impacting your work?

    Dear Colleagues: 

    As public health safety concerns related to COVID-19 continue, the ASCO Board of Directors has concluded that the 2020 ASCO Annual Meeting, scheduled for May 29-June 2 in Chicago, cannot occur in person as planned.

    Knowing that the discoveries presented at the Annual Meeting inform both immediate clinical practice and future research directions, we still intend to deliver the latest cancer science to the global community during the Annual Meeting timeframe using a virtual format that respects the contributions of the authors and the work of the Scientific Program Committee. In addition, abstracts will be published online and in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on our usual schedule. Please review our initial FAQ, which will be updated regularly with additional details.

    ASCO's educational program will not take place at this same time and we are exploring opportunities for later this year. We understand that you may have questions about our specific plans; we are currently working to resolve the large number of operational details this change creates. Information on the format, dates, specific content, registration, refunds, and many other details will be available in the coming weeks and posted on the Annual Meeting website.

    Although we are unable to unite in Chicago this summer as we had hoped, we will unite as a global community to meet these challenges and address the acute clinical care issues ahead. We also know you are faced with tremendous pressure as you confront unprecedented stress on our health care system. We are focusing our energies on supporting your work in multiple ways, including:
    As we navigate these uncharted waters, we remain absolutely unwavering in our efforts to unite and conquer cancer through research, education, and promotion of the highest quality patient care. Thank you for your support and commitment.

    Howard A. "Skip" Burris III, MD, FACP, FASCO
    2019-2020 ASCO President

    Sarah Bachmann
    American Society of Clinical Oncology
    Alexandria, VA