ASCO promotes and provides for lifelong learning for oncology professionals; cancer research; an improved environment for oncology practice; access to quality cancer care; a global network of oncology expertise; and educated and informed patients with cancer. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer.
The ASCO Mission
ASCO is a professional oncology society committed to conquering cancer through research, education, prevention and delivery of high-quality patient care.
- All patients with cancer will have lifelong access to high-quality, effective, affordable and compassionate care;
- The most accurate cancer information will be available so that patients and physicians can make informed decisions about cancer prevention and treatment;
- Information we learn from every patient will be used to accelerate progress against cancer;
- Resources will exist to attract the best clinicians and investigators to provide optimal patient care and to conduct transformative research;
- ASCO will be recognized as the most trusted source of cancer information worldwide.
ASCO’s diverse network of more than 35,000 oncology professionals recognizes ASCO’s dedication to provide the highest-quality resources in education, policy, the pioneering of clinical research and above all, advancing the care for patients with cancer. ASCO is unique in that we are the only organization that encompasses all oncology subspecialties, allowing our members to grow from the professional and personal expertise of their colleagues worldwide and across disciplines. International members make up approximately 30% of the Society’s total membership and represent more than 120 countries. ASCO offers a variety of membership categories designed to fit your career stage and specific needs. For more information on membership categories and benefits, please visit benefits.asco.org.
ASCO is governed by a Board of 19 members including a President, President Elect, Treasurer, Immediate Past President, Chief Executive Officer (non-voting) and 14 Directors. The Society conducts the majority of its business through various committees comprised of ASCO members who volunteer their time and effort to Society programs. Leaders of patient advocacy groups are often active in ASCO committees as well. There are currently 22 committees (plus numerous editorial boards, task forces, panels and working groups) that are managed and supported by ASCO’s full-time staff.