ASCO is a professional organization dedicated to the promotion of the oncology field in its many aspects: continuing professional education, research, and promotion of high-quality patient care. In fulfilling its functions, the ASCO advocates for legislation that would potentially improve the profession as well as treatment.
In 2015, the ASCO worked on having the Congress expedite the passage of the "21st Century Cures Legislation," a bill that, when passed, could help to accelerate the process of discovering, developing, and delivering of the latest treatments to patients. The first draft has been released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is due for further legislative work in the House and the Senate. The ASCO will be consulting closely with lawmakers to ensure that the proper legislative framework will be designed.