Patient Advocate Programs at the ASCO Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is considered the premier educational and scientific event in the oncology community. The  2023 ASCO Annual Meeting will take place at McCormick Place in Chicago, from June 2–6. There will also be an online experience available to offer opportunities to engage with and learn from oncology thought leaders from around the world. Be sure to view the Health & Safety page of the meeting website.

ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth at the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting

The ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth at the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting will provide 40 complimentary exhibits to patient advocacy organizations. The ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth is designed to give not-for-profit patient advocacy organizations an opportunity to promote their programs, services, and resources to the professional oncology community. The booth provides a venue where participants can display materials and where meeting attendees and patient advocates can meet, interact, and exchange information. Learn more about the 2023 ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Booth, including the eligibility criteria and application information.

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

Patient advocates may register to attend in person at a reduced rate. Registration is free for patient advocates who choose to participate online only. Patient Advocate members of ASCO may register on the meeting website and do not need approval.

Those interested in registering, and not currently patient advocate members of ASCO, will need to submit a CV, bio-sketch, or resume to patientadvocates@asco.org. Each individual must be approved by ASCO staff in order to register under this reduced rate category.  Those who are approved will receive a registration code and instructions. This registration category is reserved exclusively for patient advocates and is not intended for medical professionals. More information, including eligibility criteria and instructions are available on the Patient Advocate section of the ASCO Annual Meeting website, under 'Special Rate Categories.'

Patient Advocate Lounge – Room S402, McCormick Place


The Patient Advocate Lounge is reserved for attendees who are registered as patient advocates or patient advocate exhibitors. It is a designated space where advocates can gather to take a break, network with others, peruse patient education materials, and attend special events.

  • Advocacy organizations are welcome to display materials in the Lounge (100 pieces or less per organization)

  • Continental breakfast is available each morning and lunch is available June 3, 4, and 5

  • A patient advocate ribbon must be attached to attendee badge for access to the Lounge. Meeting attendees who are not registered as patient advocates or patient advocate exhibitors must be accompanied by an advocate upon entering and exiting

  • Patient advocate exhibitors may pick up complimentary session access passes that provide access to the non-ticketed sessions (2 passes per organization)

  • Patient Advocate and Cancer Survivor ribbons may be picked up in the Lounge

Lounge Location and Hours

Room S402 in McCormick Place Convention Center

Friday, June 2                12:30 PM to 6:15 PM

Saturday, June 3             7:30 AM to 6:15 PM

Sunday, June 4                7:30 AM to 6:15 PM

Monday, June 5              7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

The Conquer Cancer Patient Advocate Scholarship Program

The Conquer Cancer 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's President Reception

Patient advocates who registered by the early registration deadline for the ASCO Annual Meeting are invited to the ASCO President’s Reception. Please note, there is a limit of 2 people per organization for exhibiting patient advocacy organizations. Invitations will be sent in early May. Advance RSVP is required and changes cannot be made onsite.

GRASP Advocate/Scientist Poster Walkthroughs at the ASCO Annual Meeting

ASCO is pleased to collaborate with Guiding Researchers and Advocates to Scientific Partnerships (GRASP) for the third consecutive year on Advocate/Scientist Poster Walkthroughs at the ASCO Annual Meeting.

GRASP is a patient-led program that recognizes each participant as an expert in their own right: oncologists are experts in treating patients with cancer, researchers are experts in studying cancer, and patients are experts in living with cancer. Patient involvement is instrumental in driving better research and making faster progress to end cancer.  If you are interested participating, contact grasp@graspcancer.org or join the GRASP Network to receive an email when registration opens.


Looking for More Information?

  • Visit ASCO's Meeting Library for access to abstracts, videos, slides, and posters presented at past ASCO Annual Meetings. 

  • Visit the ASCO Annual Meetings section on this site to review a searchable news archive from past Meetings.

  • Sign up now for Inside Cancer.Net, a free monthly e-newsletter for people in the cancer community, patients, families, and friends.

Questions about ASCO’s patient advocacy programs can be directed to patientadvocates@asco.org.