What: 2018 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium

When: Thursday, February 15 through Saturday, February 17, 2018

Where: Westin Kierland, Scottsdale, Arizona

Who: Co-sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Head & Neck Society (AHNS)

Why: Researchers will present peer-reviewed abstracts on new combination therapies, targeted therapies, immunotherapy, advanced radiation and surgical techniques, new staging systems, treatment guidelines and supportive care.  Panel and case discussions will feature leading experts in head and neck cancer, including keynote speakers Julie E. Bauman, MD, MPH, of the University of Arizona in Tucson; Brian O’Sullivan, MD, FASTRO, of Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto; and Carol Rossier Bradford, MD, of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.

News briefing: Selected top-rated studies will be featured in a news briefing telecast the week of the symposium. The final press briefing program will be announced in January 2018. Interested media professionals can register online for the news briefing.

Press registration: Credentialed journalists from accredited news organizations are invited to attend and report on the symposium. Reporters registered by February 9, 2018, will receive an embargoed press kit. Additional information, the registration form and housing information are available online.

On-site media facilities: An on-site press office in room Cushing B of the Westin Kierland will be open February 15-16 during meeting hours. Rooms also are available to reserve for media interviews on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

More information: Questions about the press program, press registration and expert availability may be directed to ASTRO’s media relations team at [email protected] or 703-286-1600. Additional information is available at the symposium webpage.



The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is the world’s largest radiation oncology society, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses, biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies. The Society is dedicated to improving patient care through professional education and training, support for clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and advocacy. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org, sign up to receive our news and follow us on our blog, Facebook and Twitter.


Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation. Learn more at www.ASCO.org, explore patient education resources at Cancer.Net, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.


The American Head & Neck Society (AHNS) is the single largest organization in North America for the advancement of research and education in head and neck oncology. The mission of the American Head and Neck Society is: to promote and advance the knowledge of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of neoplasms and other diseases of the head and neck; to promote and advance research in diseases of the head and neck, and; to promote and advance the highest professional and ethical standards. For more information, visit www.ahns.info.