September 24 – 27, 2017
San Diego Convention Center
All abstracts to be presented at ASTRO’s 59th Annual Meeting are embargoed until the date and time of scientific presentation or presentation at an ASTRO news briefing, whichever occurs first.
ASTRO’S Annual Meeting is the premier radiation oncology scientific event in the world and draws more than 11,000 attendees each year. During the 2017 Annual Meeting we will highlight the artistic side of the field of radiation oncology by emphasizing the importance of treating the whole patient.
The scientific program will continue to be the ideal platform to bring together clinicians, scientists and researchers from all oncology disciplines to exchange ideas, promote multidisciplinary care and address the educational and professional development interests of our attendees. Scientific and educational sessions will cover specific clinical areas including breast, central nervous system, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, immunotherapy, lymphoma, musculoskeletal, pediatric, sarcoma and thoracic cancers.
Radiation biology and radiation physics concepts will be explored in their own tracks. The Annual Meeting will feature a continued emphasis on patient quality and safety issues in the delivery of radiation therapy in the areas of treatment techniques, equipment, terminology and professional responsibilities. Program content has been designed to address specific, documented and clinically important practice gaps in physician knowledge, competence and performance.
Abstract Scoring Criteria
Abstracts will be scored by blind peer review based on the following criteria:
- Does the abstract address an important and novel question?
- Does the study design permit the question to be answered?
- Are the endpoints of the study clearly defined?
- Is there an appropriate use of statistics?
- Are the methods described in sufficient detail?
- Are the conclusions supported by the data?
Specific questions for prospective Clinical Trials:
- What were the scientific hypothesis and primary endpoint?
- What were the eligibility criteria and study patient characteristics?
- What statistical model and assumptions were used?
- What was the toxicity assessment?
- What were the limitations?
- Was there a rationale, either clinical or laboratory, underlying the study design?
- Is it either promising enough to pursue or negative enough that presentation would prevent other investigators from wasting efforts?
Specific questions for retrospective observational studies:
- What are the scientific hypothesis and outcomes reported?
- What is the data source and how was follow-up attained?
- Is the cohort well described and reasonably homogeneous?
- Have attempts been made to account for biases inherent in retrospective reviews?
- What statistical methods were used?
- Are the conclusions appropriate to the study design?
ASTRO is an accredited provider of continuing medical education and adheres to the policies and standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). As such, abstract authors are required to disclose relationships with commercial interests. A commercial interest is defined as “any entity developing, producing, marketing, re-selling or distributing health care goods or services
consumed by or used on patients.”
To ensure its compliance, ASTRO expects that the content and related materials will promote improvements or quality in health care and not a specific proprietary business interest or commercial bias.
We employ several strategies to ensure absence of bias:
- Presenters are required to provide disclosure of relationships with commercial interests.
- Presenters are required to provide a balanced view of therapeutic options.
- All abstracts undergo a rigorous peer review process.
- Potential conflicts are managed by additional committee review, advance slide review and session audits.
Embarbo Policy and Press Progam Policy
All abstracts submitted to the ASTRO Annual Meeting are embargoed until the date and time of presentation unless otherwise noted by ASTRO. The submitting author is responsible for conveying this information to all co-authors. All abstracts accepted for presentation at the ASTRO Annual Meeting may be highlighted in ASTRO’s Press Program. All submitters agree to cooperate in the publicity of their study. For questions regarding the embargo or press policy, please contact ASTRO’s Media Relations Team.