Searching Professional Society Meetings for the Latest Technical Information

Most professional medical societies hold annual meetings at which the latest research is presented and this being the Internet age, the abstracts and sometimes more are generally available on-line. Most of these abstracts end up in Medline but that takes months. By searching the individual meetings you may be able to get wind of breakthroughs and important results months before you can find them in Medline. Since these are professional societies, what is presented at the meetings largely consists of technical abstracts and information intended for doctors and researchers. But don’t let that stop you in your quest for the latest information! Just be prepared to work to understand it.

When you get to the web site for one of these societies you want to look for the most recent year’s meeting. Then note the date and see if it is very recent or almost a year ago. If it is only a few months since the meeting the abstracts won’t be in Medline and it’s worth searching for new information.

One caveat – very often the abstracts presented at a meeting are only abstracts of research which is still in progress – often there has been no full report so the information may be less carefully peer reviewed than full papers published in peer review journals.

Note: All links in this page will open a new window so you can easily check out a site and then continue your search here.

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
    ASCO holds by far the biggest and most important cancer meeting of the year and their site allows both browsing and searching of the abstracts from recent meetings. This covers primarily medical oncology – drug therapy for cancer and new important results in cancer treatment are likely to be presented at this meeting. This is a critically important site!
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO)
    Covers radiation oncology (treatment of cancer with radiation).
  • American Society of Hematology (ASH)
    ASH covers blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and myleoproliferative disorders, as well as other blood diseases.
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncologists
    Gynecologic oncologists specialize in treating ovarian, cervical, uterine, vulvar and vaginal cancers.

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