publication date: Jun. 5, 2015

ASCO President Peter Paul Yu’s 2015 Presidential Address





An edited transcript of Yu’s address follows:


The shift to a value-based healthcare system, the advent of precision medicine, and the transition to digital health are forces driving unprecedented change in oncology. These are changes that will transform medicine within the professional lives of most everyone in this hall today. Ladies and gentlemen, how we respond to these changes will determine not only the future of our profession, but the health, comfort and care of millions of people around the globe.

Buenos Dias! Good morning! Da jia hao!

It is my great pleasure as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology to extend the warmest of greetings to all of our members and distinguished guests. I thank Dr. [Allen] Lichter for that very kind introduction, and I join my colleague Charles Penley, chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation, in welcoming you to the Opening Session of ASCO’s Annual Meeting.

The theme of this year’s meeting—transforming data into learning—is about how we use the tsunami of data generated by both precision medicine and clinical medicine to learn how to care for patients with cancer in the most compassionate, effective and sustainable manner—learning together from every patient’s experience. ASCO is leading the move to a new data-driven era of discovery in clinical oncology.

Three critical steps are needed to transform molecular and clinical data into genuine learning:

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