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Cancer Information Revolutionized: ACS and ASCO Unite to Create Comprehensive Online Resource

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The American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) have announced a significant collaboration to simplify access to credible cancer information online. This partnership will merge the resources of ACS, a leading organization in patient education and advocacy patient education and advocacy organization, with ASCO, the foremost organization for cancer care providers. The result will be one of the largest and most comprehensive online sources of cancer information, accessible for free on cancer.org. Unveiled at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago, this initiative responds to the growing need for reliable cancer information. It supports the Biden Cancer Moonshot’s goals of preventing cancer deaths and improving the experience of those affected by cancer.

The combined expertise of ACS and ASCO will ensure that patients and their families receive the best available information on cancer prevention, detection, and treatment. This effort will replace Cancer.Net with an enhanced cancer.org, providing a single, authoritative source of cancer information that addresses the entire cancer continuum from prevention to survivorship. This comprehensive resource will cover all stages of the cancer journey, from early detection and diagnosis through treatment and beyond, ensuring that patients and caregivers have access to the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

“As part of the ACS goal to end cancer as we know it, for everyone, it is essential that we increase access to trusted and up-to-date information on cancer prevention, detection, and treatment,” said Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, Chief Executive Officer for the American Cancer Society and ACS Cancer Action Network. “The ACS-ASCO collaboration will achieve just that and enhance the depth and breadth of information available to cancer patients and their families.”

ACS and ASCO Partnership Enhances Access to Life-Saving Cancer Information

“At ASCO, our members see every day how confusing and painful it can be for too many patients and families as they try to make sense of cancer information while they’re navigating a diagnosis and treatment,” said ASCO’s Chief Executive Officer, Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO. “This expanded partnership with ACS will improve our ability to get engaging and easy-to-understand cancer information in front of many more patients and their families, right when they need it most.”

The partnership aligns with the Biden Cancer Moonshot’s objectives, which aim to reduce cancer mortality and enhance the patient experience. Dr. Danielle Carnival, Deputy Assistant to the President for the Cancer Moonshot, emphasized the importance of this collaboration in providing potentially life-saving information to patients, families, and caregivers across the country.

“The President and First Lady set two goals for the Biden Cancer Moonshot: to prevent more than 4 million cancer deaths by 2047, and to improve the experience of people who are touched by cancer,” said Dr. Danielle Carnival. “The announcement today that ACS and ASCO are introducing an expanded cancer.org aligns with these goals. With this action, more patients, families, and caregivers across America—at all stages of the cancer journey—will have potentially life-saving information at their fingertips.” Dr. W. Kimryn Rathmell, Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), praised the partnership, highlighting the need for reliable, timely cancer information amidst the rapid pace of scientific advancement and the threat of misleading online content.

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NCI Praises ACS and ASCO Collaboration for Enhancing Reliable Cancer Information

“As the National Cancer Program leader, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) applauds this partnership, which demonstrates the value of organizations working together,” said Dr. W. Kimryn Rathmell. “With the rapid pace of scientific advancement, we live in an era of heightened demand for reliable, timely, data-driven cancer information. However, the threat of misleading online information is real. I firmly believe it is our collective responsibility to support people with cancer and their loved ones with accurate, trustworthy information. NCI looks forward to exploring how this new partnership will complement other patient education efforts.”

This collaboration leverages the strengths of both organizations to foster health literacy and support patients, families, and caregivers at every stage of their cancer journey. By uniting their resources, ACS and ASCO aim to maximize the reach and impact of their content, ultimately improving the lives of those affected by cancer. The new resource will provide detailed information on various types of cancer, treatment options, side effects, survivorship, and ongoing research, making it easier for patients to find the information they need.

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As part of their ongoing support of the Biden Cancer Moonshot, which was reignited by President Biden and First Lady Biden to end cancer as we know it, ACS and ASCO worked together on this important strategic initiative to reduce duplication and find efficiencies to improve the experience of people facing cancer.

ACS and ASCO Expand Cancer.org to Align with Biden Cancer Moonshot Goals

“The President and First Lady set two goals for the Biden Cancer Moonshot: to prevent more than 4 million cancer deaths by 2047, and to improve the experience of people who are touched by cancer,” said Dr. Danielle Carnival, Deputy Assistant to the President for the Cancer Moonshot. “The announcement today that ACS and ASCO are introducing an expanded cancer.org aligns with these goals. With this action, more patients, families, and caregivers across America—at all stages of the cancer journey—will have potentially life-saving information at their fingertips.”

This collaboration brings together two of the most trusted and influential organizations in oncology. It leverages each organization’s unique strengths to provide one location for cancer information to reach even more patients and caregivers. By fostering stronger health literacy along the cancer continuum, this comprehensive single source of credible, informative cancer content will help to support patients, families, and caregivers at every stage of their cancer journey.

ACS and ASCO have long shared a commitment to empowering people with high-quality information about cancer. In early 2022, the two organizations launched a partnership to provide shared content on cancer survivorship, long-term side effects of treatment, fertility, and post-traumatic stress through Cancer.org. The results of this pilot program demonstrated the effectiveness of combining resources to ensure maximum reach and impact of their content, paving the way for further collaboration today.

 

Resource: PR Newswire, June 01, 2024

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