If you have to miss the Annual Meeting this year, don’t worry. ASCO also offers Best of ASCO Meetings, which feature 2 days of presentations on the top scientific abstracts from the Annual Meeting, complemented by select education sessions.
“The Best of ASCO Meeting provides an opportunity for practicing oncologists to review the best studies from the ASCO Annual Meeting,” said Kathy Miller, MD, Chair of the Best of ASCO Planning Committee, breast cancer expert, and Associate Professor at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center.
“As identified by leaders in the field, these important studies will give Best of ASCO participants the knowledge to provide their patients with the best care,” Dr. Miller said.
A Third Meeting Launched: Chicago
This year, in addition to its East Coast meeting in Boston (August 3–4 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel) and its West Coast meeting in San Diego (August 10–11 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt), ASCO will hold a Best of ASCO Meeting in Chicago (July 12–13 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago). Attendees can choose from any of these three convenient locations and experience the same engaging program.
The Chicago location was added, in part, because Midwestern ASCO members who were unable to attend the Annual Meeting were asking for a Best of ASCO Meeting closer to home.
Intimate Meeting Size Equals More Opportunities for Q&A
The Best of ASCO Meetings are small, which is one of the key features attendees like about these events. Attendees can take advantage of the meetings’ smaller size to more easily network with peers and faculty. The meetings’ size also allows for interactive sessions with faculty. A popular part of the meetings are the question and answer case sessions that allow attendees to spend half an hour discussing difficult cases with expert faculty. This year, the Best of ASCO Planning Committee has expanded these sessions so that they are held on both days of the meeting.
Each Best of ASCO Meeting—whether San Diego, Boston, or Chicago—offers the same dynamic content. Abstracts chosen for presentation and discussion reflect the foremost research and strategies in oncology that will directly impact patient care. The program features a variety of session topics that focus on the latest scientific findings in primary disease sites and practice-changing advances in cancer prevention and treatment. Each Best of ASCO Meeting has different faculty.
Four Educational Sessions Are Included
In addition to presentation and discussion of important new abstracts, this year’s Best of ASCO Meetings will offer summaries of four educational sessions: Developing a Targeted Therapy: Issues in the Age of Personalized Medicine; Early Drug Development: Casting a Wide Net Versus Preselecting a Narrow Audience; Adjuvant Therapy for Older Adults; and Treatment of Older Patients with Advanced Cancer: Balancing Efficacy with Toxicity.
Register by June 20 and Save
All Best of ASCO attendees will receive access to the Best of ASCO Virtual Meeting. The Virtual Meeting will include sessions captured at the Best of ASCO Meeting in Chicago and allows attendees to view those meeting sessions on a number of different devices. For more information about Best of ASCO Meetings, to register, and to reserve housing, visit boa2012.asco.org. The Housing and Early Registration Deadline for all three meeting locations is June 20, 2012, at 11:59 PM (EDT). ■
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