The annual ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) began yesterday in Chicago. For the next five days, 28,000 (!) physicians, scientists, other health care professionals, advocates, related industry representatives, and others will hear all the latest news about cancer and cancer research. Occasionally (as in when the results of the first herceptin trials were announced or when Gleevac was shown to literally pull some people with CLL back from the almost-grave) there is huge excitement. Much more often, there is slow progress. Beware of what you read in the media as it is almost always exaggerated.
If you are interested in following the news and presentations and learning more than the general news sites will give you, there are a number of ways. Here is an introduction from ASCO's Patient Net with their links:
The 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) began yesterday. Right now, more than 25,000 cancer specialists from around the world are in Chicago discussing research that emphasizes the theme of "Building Bridges to Conquer Cancer." During this meeting, Cancer.Net, ASCO's patient education website, is your source for the latest advances in cancer care, including easy-to-read research summaries and podcasts and videos that allow you to hear directly from leading oncologists about what these studies mean for people with cancer and their caregivers. Stay Up-to-Date Throughout the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting
Watch Cancer.Net for more research news in the coming days! If you want to get real-time updates from the meeting, follow Cancer.Net on Twitter (@CancerDotNet) or use the ASCO meeting hashtag, #ASCO13. You can also connect with Cancer.Net on Facebook or Google+. Thousands of scientific abstracts will be released, many of which are from grant and award recipients of the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO.
For questions or to receive more information about Cancer.Net, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. http://view.broadcastemail.asco.org/?