They come from around the world every year to learn more about cancer. Now you too can learn much of what they’re learning from the comfort of your computer.
More than 30,000 people came to Chicago for the 2010 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, a forum in which major developments in the treatment of cancers are announced and shared with the world. Established for healthcare professionals, the conference today has a much broader audience. Patients, caregivers and patient advocates are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Significant announcements from the 2010 conference include:
* Advances in the prevention and treatment of some forms of lung cancer;
* Advances in the treatment of genitourinary, gastrointestinal and gynecologic cancers including cervical and ovarian cancer;
* Improvements for previously treated advanced melanoma patients through the use of an antibody drug that improves long-term survival;
* Second-generation drug therapies that are more clinically effective than the current first-line drug treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia;
And much more.
How can you, a cancer patient or a caregiver, learn more about these developments? In addition to a broad range of venues at the conference itself, ASCO provides access online to anyone who’s interested and wants to learn more about the most current cancer treatments.
Main website: http://chicago2010.asco.org/Home.aspx
If you find clinical data too technical ASCO also has resources in consumer language through their patient website, www.cancer.net. You will be able to access free videos, podcasts and research summaries. There are also helpful tools such as a report on how consumers can read and better understand a clinical abstract. Note also that this site has a lot of additional helpful information for cancer patients, including information on 120 types of cancer, tips for the newly diagnosed and how to find an oncologist.