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2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting Press Kit

The 2020 ASTRO Annual Meeting will be held October 25-28 as an immersive and interactive virtual meeting. Led by ASTRO President Thomas J. Eichler, MD, FASTRO, the meeting is organized around the theme, “Global Oncology: Radiation Therapy in A Changing World.” New results from clinical trials and other research studies will be presented in conjunction with expert panels on a range of timely issues, a virtual poster hall with author narration and a virtual exhibit hall.

View the meeting announcement press release for more details, and find additional information for media professionals below. ASTRO's media relations team also is available to answer any questions.


News Briefings

ASTRO news briefings will highlight top-rated abstracts presented at the Annual Meeting and address topical issues that impact cancer care. All briefings for the 2020 meeting will be held online. The final press program and schedule will be announced in early October.


Press Registration

ASTRO provides complimentary meeting registration to credentialed news professionals representing media organizations for the express purpose of gathering news and information to produce editorial coverage of the ASTRO Annual Meeting.

Complimentary registration is open to representatives of print, broadcast and web-based media, including health care trade media, as well as public information officers from educational institutions, government agencies and nonprofit cancer research organizations presenting research at the ASTRO Annual Meeting. Applicants may be asked to provide media credentials, a letter of assignment, bylined articles and/or additional information to complete processing of their registration request.

Exhibitors are not permitted to register as press unless they can provide proof of editorial assignment from an accredited news organization that meets the above criteria. Public relations, marketing and/or advertising representatives, financial analysts, book publishers and book authors, and individuals from communications, print or online promotion services are welcome to register as regular attendees, however, they are not permitted to register as press. ASTRO reserves the right to bar from this and future meetings any journalist who misuses press privileges to engage in activities other than journalistic pursuits.


Embargo Policy and Access to Abstracts

All abstracts to be presented at the ASTRO Annual Meeting are embargoed until the date and time of scientific presentation or presentation at an ASTRO news briefing, whichever occurs first. The embargo policy applies to all abstracts regardless of whether information is obtained from another source.

Embargo violations by media professionals may result in suspension of credentials at ASTRO's Annual Meeting and may also impact the ability to receive advance media materials for future meetings. Embargo violations by abstract authors and/or sponsors may result in removal of the abstract from the scientific program. Abstract authors are responsible for notifying financial and other sponsors about this embargo policy.

Questions about the embargo policy may be directed to ASTRO's media relations team. Reporters who wish to receive embargoed materials should also contact ASTRO's media relations team.

The full text of the abstracts selected for oral and poster presentation will be available online at the start of the meeting. Abstracts also will be published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics.


Helpful Links & Contacts

For media-related questions and interview requests, email ASTRO's media relations team or call 703-286-1600.

For the latest updates, follow ASTRO on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For meeting information, visit the ASTRO 2020 website.

For patient and caregiver information, visit RTAnswers.org.