Newswise — ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The State of Cancer Care in America: 2016 report, to be released on March 15 by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), chronicles the current realities of the cancer care delivery system in the United States and examines trends in the oncology workforce and practice environment that are affecting patient care and access.

This year, ASCO’s report presents a mixed picture through an analysis of remarkable progress in cancer care—including declining cancer mortality rates and a growing number of new and effective cancer drugs and technologies—against a backdrop of ongoing health disparities, increasing complexity of treatment, rising drug costs, and a turbulent practice landscape, among other pressures, that are challenging our nation’s ability to deliver on the promise of precision medicine to every individual with cancer.

Join ASCO on March 15 for a Congressional briefing on the findings from The State of Cancer Care in America: 2016.

Speakers will include:

Representative Michael Burgess, MD (TX-26)Representative Gene Green (TX-29)Julie Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, ASCO President; University of Nebraska, Omaha, NEDebra Patt, MD, MPH, MBA; Texas Oncology, Austin, TXBlase Polite, MD, MPP; The University of Chicago, Chicago, ILWhen: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (12:00 pm – 1:30 pm/EST)

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2325

Live Webcast: At (to be live on day of the briefing).

To confirm in-person or webcast attendance, please contact Christina Kelly at [email protected] or 571-483-1382.

About ASCOFounded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With nearly 40,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ASCO is supported by its affiliate organization, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, which funds ground-breaking research and programs that make a tangible difference in the lives of people with cancer. For ASCO information and resources, visit Patient-oriented cancer information is available at Cancer-related policy developments can be found at