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Background & Goals

Background:  Research, clinical practice, and advocacy efforts related to lung cancer will receive a boost in visibility, as the Board of Directors has approved the Assembly on Thoracic Oncology, upgrading it from section status. Clinical practice and Research related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lung cancer are vital activities for clinicians, researchers and public health officials worldwide. 

Goal: The goal of the Assembly on Thoracic Oncology is to expand and enhance the breadth and quality of research, clinical and advocacy efforts related to lung cancer within ATS.   Activities to achieve this goal may include:  scheduling scientific sessions at the International Conference; planning postgraduate training courses; writing position papers and statements and enhancing the science of lung cancer; and establishing collaborations with other respiratory disease organizations (ACCP, ERS, JRS, AATS), cancer societies (IASLC, AACR, ASCO) and with funding agencies. The Assembly will provide a home for those respiratory scientists and clinicians that wish to actively advance lung cancer related activities through the ATS.

Who may join the Assembly:   Any ATS member with interest or expertise in Lung Cancer can join the Assembly. As an ATS member you may choose 1 Primary Assembly, up to 2 secondary assemblies.  

If you would like to become a member of the Assembly on Thoracic Oncology or have any questions relating to the assembly, please e-mail


Last Reviewed: October 2017