ASCO20: we ‘Unite and Conquer’ virtually

Best Practice Nordic | Jun 2020 | ASCO20 Virtual |

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the format of this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting. The conference ran from 29 – 31 May under the theme ‘Unite and Conquer: Accelerating Progress Together.’ This year’s scientific program featured more than 250 oral presentations and 2,500 poster presentations in 24 disease-based and specialty tracks. In the opening session on Saturday May 30th., ASCO President Howard A. “Skip” Burris III stated: “Even as we remain physically distant, we are united in our determination to deliver the best possible care for every patient with cancer and to make progress against this disease despite every obstacle, including the immediate challenges of COVID-19.” In the opening session guest speaker, David Fajgenbaum, American immunologist and author, shared his story about his involvement in finding a cure for the rare Castleman's disease, which he personally suffered of. Dr. Fajgenbaum also tells his story and discusses his methodical experiences from finding a cure in an ASCO podcast. Listen to the podcast here. The first scientific ASCO Annual Meeting took place in 1965, and since 2009 the conference has been held in Chicago.