Advocacy at ASCO: Learning About Disparity

August 2, 2019

The American Society of Clinical Oncology hosts its Annual Meeting in Chicago each year. It’s one of the largest national meetings for oncology providers, pharmaceutical companies, and other cancer professionals. At the ASCO Annual Meeting these experts learn about the latest advances in cancer science and treatment, across all types of cancer.

Patient advocates also go to the ASCO Annual Meeting. They attend to learn about new research, connect with other advocates, and to make sure their voices are heard and their needs addressed.

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Young Advocate Tiah Tomlin went to the 2019 ASCO meeting this June, where she learned about racial disparities in breast cancer. She vlogged about her experience of listening to one study that illustrated how oncologists view black families’ needs differently than do the families themselves.


Tiah Tomlin is a corporate professional and entrepreneur living in Atlanta, Georgia. She was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer in 2015. To learn more about ASCO, check out LBBC’s coverage, or listen to the recording of our webinar, Updates from ASCO’s 2019 Annual Meeting.