ASCO State Affiliates

Issues in Oncology

Indiana Oncology Society Launches Cancer Caucus to Serve Local Policymakers

Hilary Adams  /  July 25, 2019

A bipartisan group of Indiana legislators, oncology experts, and other stakeholders joined together on March 6 in Indianapolis for the first-ever Indiana Cancer Caucus, where they discussed approaches to improve access to quality health care, invest in cancer research funding, and address critical...

Focus on the Tennessee Oncology Practice Society

Meg Barbor, MPH  /  May 25, 2018

The Tennessee Oncology Practice Society (TOPS) is among the oldest and one of many politically active ASCO State Affiliates. Founded in 1990, the organization has since been a voice for Tennessee’s diverse community of oncology professionals, advocating for patient access to the best available care ...

State Oncology Societies Honored for Promising New Programs that Improve Patient Care

The ASCO Post  /  May 15, 2012

The State Affiliate Grant Program provides funding to ASCO State and Regional Affiliates to develop and implement new efforts that will lead to improved medical practice, collaboration, and research. ASCO’s State/Regional Affiliates are a vital resource for addressing issues of concern to the cancer...

Health-Care Policy

Focus on the Louisiana Oncology Society 

Jo Cavallo  /  April 15, 2013

Founded on September 1, 1992, by John M. Rainey, MD, the Louisiana Oncology Society has had numerous legislative successes (see sidebar) since that time, including leading the effort to support Louisiana’s Oral Chemotherapy Parity Law, which was passed in 2012 and is now in effect throughout the sta...

Focus on Alaska's Denali Oncology Group

Jo Cavallo  /  May 15, 2013

Located in Anchorage, Alaska, the Denali Oncology Group faces the dual challenge of serving a diverse and large population of more than 731,000 spread across a vast state of 586,000 square miles, with just 20 medical oncologists and 5 radiation oncologists located mainly in Alaska’s two biggest citi...

Focus on the Delaware Society for Clinical Oncology 

Jo Cavallo  /  June 10, 2013

Although the state of Delaware comprises just 2,489 square miles, giving it an area ranking of 49 out of 50 states, its small size gives its population of nearly 1 million an advantage many larger states do not have: ready access to local politicians to address complex issues such as improving cance...

Focus on the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology 

Jo Cavallo  /  June 25, 2013

With a roster of over 600 members that includes community and institutional oncologists, administrators, registered nurses, and patient navigators, the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology (GASCO) is one of ASCO’s largest State Affiliates. Founded in 1986, the Atlanta-based Society is active in deve...

Focus on the Society of Rhode Island Clinical Oncologists 

Jo Cavallo  /  July 10, 2013

Founded in 1994, just 1 year after ASCO launched the State/Regional Affiliate Program, the Society of Rhode Island Clinical Oncologists is one of ASCO’s oldest state affiliates. Like many other ASCO affiliates, the Providence-based group is facing a myriad of challenges, including ensuring continued...

Focus on the West Virginia Oncology Society 

Jo Cavallo  /  August 15, 2013

Now in its fifth year, the West Virginia Oncology Society (WVOS) is already having a major impact on cancer care in the state. In 2010, a joint initiative to develop a statewide cancer clinical trials network was launched by WVOS and the West Virginia University Cancer Center. With funding support f...

Hematologic Malignancies

Focus on the Wisconsin Association of Hematology & Oncology 

Jo Cavallo  /  October 15, 2013

The Wisconsin Association of Hematology & Oncology (WAHO) is among the youngest of ASCO’s State Affiliates. Formerly known as the Wisconsin Association of Medical Oncologists, WAHO was officially formed just 2 years ago and is already having an impact on oncologists and patients with cancer thro...

Issues in Oncology

Focus on the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology

Jo Cavallo  /  November 15, 2013

The second largest state in the nation (after Alaska), Texas covers a total area of 268,581 square miles and has a diverse population of over 26 million people. In 1987, the Texas Society of Medical Oncology, now the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology (TxSCO), was formed to address the oncology need...

Issues in Oncology

Focus on the Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists

Jo Cavallo  /  December 15, 2013

The Massachusetts Society of Clinical Oncologists (MSCO) is among the oldest and largest of ASCO’s State Affiliates. Based in the same building as the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham, MSCO was founded in 1985 and has a growing membership of 160 members, including medical, surgical, and radi...

Hematologic Malignancies
Issues in Oncology

Focus on the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology

Jo Cavallo  /  February 15, 2014

Founded nearly 3 decades ago in response to unfavorable changes in Medicare reimbursement regulations and growing coverage issues with Michigan’s private payers that threatened oncologists’ ability to provide quality cancer care to patients, the Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology (MSHO) rem...

Issues in Oncology

Focus on the Virginia Association of Hematologists and Oncologists

Jo Cavallo  /  March 15, 2014

The state of Virginia encompasses a vast area of 40,000 square miles and is divided into five regions: the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Piedmont, the Blue Ridge, the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Region, and the Appalachian Plateau. The diverse geography of the state creates unique challenges for pati...

Connecting to ASCO Through the State Affiliate Council

Ray D. Page, DO, PhD, FACOI  /  May 15, 2014

ASCO’s State Affiliate Council is composed of the State Society Presidents and/or designated physician Council Representatives as well as the Executive Directors of each state and/or regional oncology society. The Council convened in late February to address the most relevant issues affecting oncolo...

Focus on the Washington State Medical Oncology Society

Jo Cavallo  /  June 25, 2014

The Washington State Medical Oncology Society (WSMOS) was formed in 1993 in response to the health-care reform legislation then being proposed by President Bill Clinton. “The law never passed, but it spurred the development of our Society, so some good came out of the law’s defeat,” said Vicky E. Jo...

Focus on the Ohio Hematology Oncology Society

Jo Cavallo  /  July 25, 2014

The Ohio Hematology Oncology Society (OHOS) was formed 2 decades ago to advocate for and provide educational seminars and networking opportunities to hematologists and medical oncologists throughout the states of Ohio and West Virginia. Today, the society is focused on the needs of its nearly 200 me...

Focus on the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology

Jo Cavallo  /  August 15, 2014

The Florida Society of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) was founded in 1977, just 13 years after the founding of ASCO. Today, the Society has had such an impact on the practices of medical, radiation, surgical, gynecologic, and pediatric oncologists throughout the state, membership has risen to over 1,300...

Health-Care Policy

Maryland Oncologists Faced With Navigating the Maze of Chemotherapy Safety Regulations

Randi Londer Gould  /  May 10, 2015

In March 2013, 60 Minutes aired a devastating piece about a Massachusetts compounding center that shipped an injectable steroid contaminated with fungus. One of the many ripple effects from this story of horrendous patient suffering was felt in Maryland, where it sparked legislative action in the An...

ASCO’s State Affiliate Council Improves Communication Between ASCO and Community Physicians

Kirsten Boyd Goldberg  /  May 25, 2016

ASCO established a State Affiliate Council in 2012 consisting of representatives from each of the Society’s 48 state or regional oncology societies. The Council met on April 21–22 at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The ASCO Post talked with Paul Celano, MD, FACP, President, Maryland/DC...

Issues in Oncology

Focus on the Empire State Hematology & Oncology Society

Meg Barbor, MPH  /  August 25, 2018

The Empire State Hematology & Oncology Society (ESHOS), a State Affiliate of ASCO, was formed in January 2017 as a merger of three separate hematology and oncology professional organizations in New York. Stuart P. Feldman, MD, of the New York State Society of Medical Oncologists & Hem...

Issues in Oncology

Focus on the Rocky Mountain Oncology Society

Meg Barbor, MPH  /  November 25, 2018

Formed in 1991, the Rocky Mountain Oncology Society (RMOS), a Chapter Member of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) and State Affiliate of ASCO, serves as the voice for Colorado’s multidisciplinary cancer care teams and the patients they serve. Representing the common interests of on...