publication date: Mar. 9, 2020

Coronavirus vs. Oncology

The Cancer Letter will continue to explore how coronavirus is impacting the field of oncology. Much of this coverage will be open access.

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  • ASCO’s response to COVID-19
    Guest editorial by Richard L. SchilskyExecutive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, American Society of Clinical Oncology

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FAQs & Guidances:

Note: This list is current as of April 24 

Federal government:

Professional societies:

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology FAQ: Emerging issues and challenges in caring for patients with cancer during the coronavirus pandemic

  • American Association for Cancer Research FAQ: Information on virtual annual meetings

  • American Cancer Society FAQ: Common questions about the new coronavirus outbreak

  • National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship webinar with Otis Brawley

  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Resources: Patient management and basic and translational research

  • Community Oncology Alliance resources: Coronavirus (COVID-19) practice resources and protocols

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society FAQ: Resources and what you should know about the coronavirus

  • American Society for Radiation Oncology FAQ: COVID-19 recommendations and information

  • Joint recommendations for treatment of patients with breast cancer

  • American College of Surgeons resources: For the surgical community

  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation resources

  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer resources: Implications for patients, translational research

  • GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer resources

  • Adolescent and young adult resources

  • American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy resources

  • European Blood and Marrow Transplantation Society recommendations

  • World Marrow Donor Association resources

  • National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation resources

Research centers:

  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital FAQ: COVID-19 and children with cancer


  • Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: How to manage cancer care during COVID-19 pandemic



Meeting cancellations, postponements, changes: An up-to-date list of oncology conferences

Note: This list is current as of March 19, 1:12 P.M. EST. Meetings are listed chronologically. 

  • Postponed: Flatiron Health postponed its March 10-12 research summit in Washington, D.C.

  • Canceled: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, March 9-13, Orlando, FL. President Donald Trump was slated to speak at the meeting.

  • Virtual only: ENETS Conference for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumor Disease, March 11-13.

  • Postponed: European Association of Radiology, March 11-15, Vienna. Rescheduled to July 15-19, Vienna.

  • Canceled: AACR-Prostate Cancer Advances, March 12-15, Denver, CO.

  • Canceled: Society of Toxicology annual meeting, March 15-19, Anaheim, CA. Virtual webinars available  March 16-19. 

  • Canceled: National Association of Community Health Centers, March 16-19, Washington, DC.

  • Canceled: Children’s Oncology Group Spring Meeting, March 17-20, Chicago, IL.

  • Postponed: European Breast Cancer Conference, March 18-20, Barcelona, Spain. Postponed to September 30–October 2. 

  • Canceled: St. Gallen International Gastrointestinal Cancer Conference, March 19-21, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

  • Postponed: The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, March 19-22, Orlando, FL. In lieu of an annual conference, NCCN is considering supplementing the annual conference with webinars and future in-person educational sessions and meetings. No new date yet.

  • Postponed: European Association of Urology, March 20-24, Amsterdam. Postponed to July 2020.

  • Postponed: 1st Translational Research Conference: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia, March 20-22, Paris, France. Postponed to November 17-19, 2020.

  • Virtual only: American Society of Preventive Oncology annual meeting  March 22-24 in Tucson, AZ. 

  • Canceled: AMIA Informatics Summit, March 23-26, Houston, TX.

  • Canceled: The International Papillomavirus Conference in Barcelona March 23-27.

  • Postponed: The First International Summit on Interventional Pharmacoeconomics, March 25-27, Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel has since prohibited international conferences. Postponed TBA.

  • Postponed: The Society of Surgical Oncology meeting, March 25-28 in Boston, MA. Postponed to August 17-20, 2020.

  • Postponed: Journées Francophones d’Hépato-gastroentérologie et d’Oncologie Digestive March 26-29, Paris. Postponed to June 25-28.

  • Canceled: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America March 26-30, Atlanta, GA. 

  • Canceled: Society of Gynecologic Oncology 2020 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer March 28-31, Toronto, Ontario. 

  • Canceled: Society of Interventional Radiology, March 28-April 2, Seattle, WA.

  • Postponed: Cancer and Primary Care (CaPRI) research network, April 1-3, Oxford, United Kingdom.

  • Virtual only: Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation annual conference, April 1-3, Salt Lake City, UT. 

  • Postponed: Summit on National and Global Cancer Health Disparity, April 3-4, Seattle, WA. Postponed until Fall 2020.

  • Canceled: ELCC 2020 Congress, April 15-18, Geneva, Switzerland.

  • Canceled: Roche Tissue Diagnostics Tucson Symposium, April 21-22, Tucson, AZ.

  • Canceled: SWOG spring meeting, April 22-25, San Francisco.

  • Virtual only: Community Oncology Conference, April 23-24, Orlando, FL. 

  • Canceled: American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting, April 23-25, Los Angeles, CA. 

  • Postponed: AACR Annual Meeting, April 24-29 in San Diego, CA. “A rescheduled meeting is being planned for later this year.” (AACR statement)

  • Virtual only: ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group’s Spring 2020 Group Meeting, April 29 – May 1 in Baltimore, MD. 

  • Canceled: Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress, April 29-May 3, San Antonio, TX.

  • Postponed: MD Anderson Multidisciplinary Therapy of Pancreas Cancer symposium, May 8-9 in Houston, TX. A new date will be announced.

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