Patient Advocate Programs at the ASCO Annual Meeting

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Read an article in the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Bulletin about ASCO's Annual Meeting Programs for patient advocates, Cancer Advocates at ASCO: Connecting for a Cause.

The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology will be held May 29 – June 2, 2015 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The Meeting is a forum for cutting edge scientific and educational developments in oncology. It is a platform for the release of thousands of scientific abstracts-highly anticipated research news for many people, including patients, survivors, caregivers, and the general public.

Following is a brief overview of the opportunities available to patient advocates. We encourage you to share this information with any colleagues who may be involved in planning your organization's participation in the ASCO Annual Meeting.

The Conquer Cancer Foundation Patient Advocate Scholarship Program

The application period for the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting Conquer Cancer Foundation Patient Advocate Scholarship Program has closed.

The Conquer Cancer Foundation Patient Advocate Scholarship Program provides scholarships for patient advocates to attend ASCO-sponsored Symposia and the ASCO Annual Meeting to learn of important advances in their areas of interest. Scholarships help cover travel, hotel, and registration expenses and are based primarily on financial need, advocacy experience, and current advocacy activities and involvement.  Find more information here.

ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth

The ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth is designed to give not-for-profit patient advocacy organizations an opportunity to promote their resources and services to the professional oncology community. This booth, which holds 28 patient advocacy organizations, provides a venue where participants can display materials and where patient advocates can meet, interact, and exchange information with meeting attendees. The exhibit application period for the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting has closed.  The exhibit application for the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting will be available in January 2016.  

Individual Patient Advocacy Booths

Individual exhibit booths, also near the front of the Oncology Professionals Hall, are available to patient advocacy organizations at a reduced rate and granted on a first come-first served basis, based on eligibility criteria. To inquire about an individual booth, please contact

Reduced Registration Rate for Patient Advocates (for non-exhibitors)

Patient advocacy organizations may register up to four representatives to attend ASCO's Annual Meeting at a reduced registration rate.

Patient advocate registration includes:

  • Access to all Special Sessions, Clinical Science Symposia, Education Sessions, and Scientific Sessions
  • Ability to purchase a Ticketed Sessions package (Ticketed sessions include the limited attendance Meet the Professor sessions and Clinical Problems in Oncology sessions)
  • Access to General Poster Sessions
  • Access to Virtual Meeting
  • Entrance to the Oncology Professionals Hall during open hours
  • Meeting Materials: Educational Book, Proceedings Part I, Annual Meeting Program, and ASCO Daily News including Proceedings Part II
  • Access to the Patient Advocate Lounge

For registration rates, deadlines, criteria and instructions, please refer to Patient Advocate Information on the ASCO Annual Meeting website. 

ASCO President's Reception

Patient advocates are invited to attend the ASCO President's Reception from 7 to 10 PM on Sunday, May 31 at the Shedd Aquarium.  Invitations will be sent in April 2015. RSVP is required in advance and is limited to two representatives for exhibiting patient advocacy organizations. 

Patient Advocate Lounge

The Patient Advocate Lounge serves as a home base where advocates can gather in a relaxed environment to take a break, utilize the computer terminals, network with others, and peruse ASCO patient information materials. Advocates can obtain patient advocate ribbons and exhibitors can pick up complimentary session passes in the Lounge. The Patient Advocate Lounge is Room S402 at McCormick Place and will be open during the following hours:

 Friday, May 29                              12:00 PM to 6:15 PM

Saturday, May 30                          7:30 AM to 6:15 PM

Sunday, May 31                             7:30 AM to 6:15 PM

Monday, June 1                             7:30 AM to 6:15 PM

  Tuesday, June 2                            7:30 AM to 10:30 AM


Virtual Meeting

Unable to attend this year's ASCO Annual Meeting? You may want to consider a subscription to Virtual Meeting. This product is for people who do not attend the meeting and would like access to the video of the meeting presentations, accessible by laptop, PC, or mobile device. A discounted rate is available for patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates, so please contact if you are interested in purchasing the Virtual Meeting.

More Information

Information on the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting can be found on the Meeting website.

Visit Cancer.Net's ASCO Annual Meetings section to review a searchable news archive from this annual educational meeting.

Questions about patient advocacy programs at ASCO can be directed to or 571-483-1369.