News Highlights for People with Cancer

2020 ASCO Annual Meeting

In 2020, the ASCO Annual Meeting’s cancer research news was shared in a virtual format, May 29 - 31, with studies starting to be released May 13. Cancer.Net posts scientific news here as soon as it becomes publicly available. Or, to receive ASCO Annual Meeting breaking news via email, sign up now to receive special editions of the Inside Cancer.Net newsletter. You can also follow Cancer.Net on Facebook or Twitter, where real-time updates will also be posted.

May 28: ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program

The ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program is here! Thank you for using Cancer.Net as your source for patient-friendly research highlights from this year’s event. This year’s program clearly demonstrates the theme of ASCO President Dr. Howard A. “Skip” Burris III -- Unite and Conquer: Accelerating Progress Together -- as thousands of oncology professionals from around the world gather virtually to learn about the latest research in the treatment and care of people with cancer.

Studies released in today’s late-breaking abstracts highlight promising research that may make a difference in patients’ care. As always, the Cancer.Net Blog will keep you updated on what the latest research means for patients, caregivers, and families. Late-breaking research released today includes:

Summaries of these late-breaking abstracts also available in Spanish: COVID-19 related research and immunotherapy and targeted therapy research.

More News From ASCO20 Virtual

Patient Advocates: Register for the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program

There is still time to register for the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program, held this weekend, May 29-31. Given the unique circumstances surrounding this year’s meeting, patient advocates can register for access to the virtual meeting presentations at no cost. Patient advocates who are members can register immediately. Non-member patient advocates interested in registering may send a CV, resume, or bio-sketch to patientadvocates@asco.org.

Follow #ASCO20 on Social Media for Up-To-Date Information

Find up-to-date information by following Cancer.Net on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow the meeting’s hashtag, #ASCO20, for all the latest news from the virtual program.

From the Editor's Desk: How the Cancer Community Can Maintain Connection Over Distance

In this month’s From the Editor’s Desk, Dr. Lidia Schapira discusses how even though those in the cancer community may not be able to meet face-to-face right now, there are many steps to stay connected.


May 13: An Early Look at Research from the ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program

This month, thousands of oncology professionals from around the world will gather virtually to learn about the latest research in the treatment and care of people with cancer. The ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program will take place online from May 29 through May 31.

The ASCO20 Virtual Scientific Program will highlight promising research that may make a difference in patients’ care. Available in both English and Spanish, research released May 13 includes:

  • Quitting smoking at any point, even soon before a lung cancer diagnosis, helps patients live longer

  • Maintenance therapy with olaparib extends life by 1 year in people with recurrent ovarian cancer and BRCA mutation

  • Personalized care using geriatric assessments provides several benefits for older adults with cancer

  • States that expanded Medicaid under the ACA had greatest declines in deaths from cancer

  • Supportive videoconferencing approach helps reduce anxiety and distress for long-distance caregivers

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