Patient Advocate Programs at the ASCO Annual Meeting

As a part of the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting, we are excited to offer an online exhibits experience. Exhibits will be accessible on the ASCO Annual Meeting website from May 14 through July 6.

Applications for the 2021 ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Online Exhibit are now closed. 

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


The 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting will be an online only experience, June 4-8, 2021. While it will not be possible to return to an in-person meeting due to continuing COVID-19 concerns, we remain committed to delivering the latest groundbreaking science in oncology and timely information on clinical application and treatment. Please view our full statement here. Our online meeting platform will provide attendees with live and on-demand access to top caliber scientific research presentations and slides. The online meeting experience will also offer opportunities to engage with and learn from oncology thought leaders from around the world, including interactivity and live question and answer in key sessions.

Lori J. Pierce, MD, FASTRO, FASCO, has selected “Equity: Every Patient. Every Day. Everywhere.” as the theme for her 2020-2021 ASCO Presidential year. Under Dr. Pierce’s leadership, ASCO is putting a sharp focus on the need for the oncology community to confront and address complex forces and systems that have created disparities in cancer care, treatment, and research. Though selected before the recent widespread movements to address systemic injustices amid the current coronavirus pandemic, which is affecting communities of color disproportionately, her theme choice has proven prescient. She has included among the many goals for her presidential term that equity be fully embedded into the educational program for the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting. The meeting is designed to advance the education of physicians and other professionals involved in multidisciplinary clinical cancer care, to support the development of clinical cancer researchers and to facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care to patients with cancer. 

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

There is no cost for patient advocates who would like to register for the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting. Each individual must be approved by ASCO staff in order to register under this category. (Patient Advocate members of ASCO may register on the meeting website and do not need approval). 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.'

ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Online Exhibit

The ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Online Exhibit for the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting will provide 40 complimentary online exhibits to patient advocacy organizations. Applications will be accepted Thursday, February 25 at 12:00 PM (ET) until Friday, March 12 at 12:00 PM (ET). Apply Now.

Discounted Individual Online Exhibits

Online exhibits are available to patient advocacy organizations at a reduced rate and granted on a first come, first served basis, based on eligibility criteria. Those interested in an individual online exhibit (separate from the ASCO-Sponsored Patient Advocacy Exhibit) may contact ascoexhibits@spargoinc.com


Please continue to check this page for updates regarding the ASCO Annual Meeting. You can also sign up to receive our email communications which contain information about upcoming ASCO meetings as well as additional programs and opportunities for patient advocates. If you already have an ASCO account, be sure to opt-in, as per step #2 below. To create an ASCO account, please follow these instructions:

  1. If you do not already have an ASCO account, create an ASCO guest account by visiting https://account.asco.org/register.

  2. When creating your account, under Email Preferences, be sure to select the box for Programs and initiatives for people with cancer, caregivers, patient advocates, and cancer survivors.

  3. Select ‘Create New Account’ at the bottom of the page when completed.

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