September 26, 2022

State-run Medicaid insurance, expanded in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act, has resulted in decreased metastatic cancer incidence rates as well as decreased overall cancer mortality rates and averted over one thousand deaths due to cancer per year. About 12% of the improvements in cancer mortality were due to decreases in metastatic diagnoses, according to a study to be presented as part of the 2022 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. 

September 26, 2022

A cancer navigation program can reduce overall costs when deployed in collaboration with a statewide Medicare Advantage health plan across a wide range of practice types, according to findings to be presented as part of the 2022 ASCO Quality Care Symposium.  

September 26, 2022

Substituting biosimilars, generics and clinically appropriate lower cost drugs for established, costlier drugs was shown to be an effective way to reduce the total cost of care, by 5% or so, while maintaining the quality of care for patients with cancer. Even small shifts towards lower cost drugs resulted in significant reductions in the total cost of care, according to a study to be presented as part of the 2022 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. 

September 12, 2022

“President John F. Kennedy’s historic speech that inspired our nation and an entire generation of Americans to achieve manned space exploration underscored the courage and commitment it would take to accomplish this then-audacious goal: ‘We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.’

September 8, 2022

Studies evaluating interventions to reduce the total cost of cancer care and a new analysis of changes in cancer incidence and mortality rates after Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act will be highlighted in the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium’s official Press Program. Studies featured in the Press Program are among the nearly 500 abstracts that will be presented at the Symposium.

August 15, 2022

Testing for pathogenic germline variants (PGVs) – genetic changes present from the time of conception, those that have been inherited – can help identify patients at risk for hereditary cancers. The role of PGVs in lung cancer has been underrecognized, largely due to the fact that it is mostly assumed to be caused by environmental factors such as cigarette smoking. A new study of patients with lung cancer, however, found that nearly 15% had PGVs, which means they and their family members are at an increased risk for other types of cancers. The results of the study will be presented during the ASCO Plenary Series session taking place August 16, 2022, at 3:00 PM (ET).  

August 10, 2022

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds President Biden for his decision to appoint ASCO-Past President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, as the new Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). An accomplished cancer surgeon and researcher with deep expertise in community-based cancer research, Dr. Bertagnolli has the knowledge, passion, and skillset to successfully lead the nation’s top federal cancer research agency and the wider U.S. cancer research enterprise. We enthusiastically endorse her selection, recognizing Dr. Bertagnolli’s distinguished leadership and experience in advancing evidence-based cancer care and research.

July 25, 2022

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) today jointly released two resources to help research sites increase racial and ethnic equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in cancer clinical trials.

July 7, 2022

ASCO’s CancerLinQ and Owkin announced today a new research collaboration to use artificial intelligence to analyze real-world oncology data with the aim to understand why some cases of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are resistant to first-line immunotherapy treatment.

June 23, 2022

“The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) applauds the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to remove Juul products from the market in the United States (U.S.). This is an important step in preventing another generation from becoming addicted to nicotine—regardless of how it is delivered.”  

June 8, 2022

One June 8, CancerLinQ® LLC and HealthVerity, Inc., today announced a collaboration that will create the nation’s premier real-world oncology data ecosystem to advance cancer care and research for government and public health agencies. 

June 7, 2022

Based on guidance from biomarker screening, patients who are 55 years of age and older with low-grade luminal A-type breast cancer may only need endocrine therapy following breast conserving surgery and could avoid radiation therapy entirely, according to new research findings that will be presented at the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

June 6, 2022

Two targeted therapies, dabrafenib (Taflinar®) plus trametinib (Mekinst®), significantly increased the overall response rate compared to the standard-of-care chemotherapy combination of carboplatin plus vincristine in pediatric patients with BRAF V600 mutation-positive low-grade gliomas. Secondary findings showed an improved clinical benefit rate and prolonged progression-free survival for dabrafenib plus trametinib compared to carboplatin plus vincristine, according to new research that will be presented at the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

June 5, 2022

The use of panitumumab (Vectibix®) plus mFOLFOX6 significantly improved overall survival in patients with RAS wild-type metastatic colorectal cancer that was classified as left-sided compared to patients who received mFOLFOX6, a standard chemotherapy regimen, plus bevacizumab (Avastin®), a monoclonal antibody, according to a finding that will be presented at the 2022 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.