The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the Conquer Cancer Foundation are pleased to provide patients being treated for cancer and their caregivers with free access to medical research articles published in ASCO’s Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO).

This initiative -- known as patientACCESS -- offers access to full-text JCO articles to patients and caregivers for their own use, or to bring to their doctor. These articles can help you learn more about new discoveries and advances in cancer treatment.

Please note: As with any medical studies from any source, the research you find through patientACCESS may or may not apply to your specific diagnosis and/or treatment plan. You are encouraged to talk with your doctor about new scientific findings and what they may mean for you. See below under “More Information” for additional resources on understanding cancer research.

PatientACCESS is an initiative between six publishers: ASCO, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Elsevier, SAGE, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer Health, as well as the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).

To obtain an article, follow the steps below.

  • Visit the JCO website.
  • Browse the table of contents or search for topics of interest. When you find an article you’d like access to, click on the PDF version, then click the link entitled patientACCESS on the bottom of the screen.
  • The link will take you to the RightsLink website. You will be asked to enter your email address and password or set up an account if you do not already have one. This is a quick, three step process.
  • You will be asked to review and accept the Terms and Conditions.
  • You will receive an email confirmation message from Copyright Clearance Center that RightsLink has received your order.
  • You will receive the requested article through email within 24 hours as a PDF attachment 

About Journal of Clinical Oncology

Journal of Clinical Oncology CoverJournal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) is the flagship journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and its primary forum for scientific discourse.  An essential resource for the practice of oncology, JCO has an impact factor of 18.372, it’s the foremost peer-reviewed medical journal focusing on clinical cancer research, and is the most credible and authoritative source for current information on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer. 


More Information

Understanding Cancer Research Studies, Part I

Understanding Cancer Research Studies, Part II

How to Read a Medical Abstract

News for Patients from the Journal of Clinical Oncology

Medical News: How to Know if it’s Accurate



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