June 21, 2012
Earlier this month, Prevent Cancer Foundation leadership and staff attended the 2012 ASCO annual meeting in Chicago, Ill. Represented by Carolyn Aldigé (President and Founder), Carolyn Schmidt (Managing Director of Development) and Lisa Hughes (Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy) the Foundation joined approximately 30,000 other individuals representing the oncology, advocacy and corporate communities. The weekend centered on the work that we are all doing across the spectrum of oncology.
The meeting included hundreds of sessions covering all areas of oncology–research, treatment, policy, screening and survivorship among many other topics. As part of the ASCO sponsored patient advocacy booth, the Foundation offered our resources to oncologists from around the globe, and to advocates, academics and corporate representatives who share our interest in prevention. It was a pleasure for all of us to meet with so many individuals doing such incredible work and to learn about the many ways in which we all contribute to improving the field of oncology.
And while it is difficult to summarize all of the news that came out of the ASCO meeting, we wanted to share a link to the presidential address and video given by then ASCO President, Dr. Michael Link. His remarks summarize some of the progress that has been made in cancer care over the past year, his perspective on the state of care delivery in this country and beyond, and his observations over his year as ASCO President. His remarks can be viewed here.