American Society of Clinical Oncology Summit on Addressing Obesity Through Multidisciplinary Provider Collaboration: Key Findings and Recommendations for Action

Academic Article


  • Objective: Given the increasing evidence that obesity increases the risk of developing and dying from malignancy, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) launched an Obesity Initiative in 2013 that was designed to increase awareness among oncology providers and the general public of the relationship between obesity and cancer and to promote research in this area. Recognizing that the type of societal change required to impact the obesity epidemic will require a broad-based effort, ASCO hosted the “Summit on Addressing Obesity through Multidisciplinary Collaboration” in 2016. Methods: This meeting was held to review current challenges in addressing obesity within the respective health care provider communities and to identify priorities that would most benefit from a collective and cross-disciplinary approach. Results: Efforts focused on four key areas: provider education and training; public education and activation; research; and policy and advocacy. Summit attendees discussed current challenges in addressing obesity within their provider communities and identified priorities that would most benefit from multidisciplinary collaboration. Conclusions: A synopsis of recommendations to facilitate future collaboration, as well as examples of ongoing cooperative efforts, provides a blueprint for multidisciplinary provider collaboration focused on obesity prevention and treatment.
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  • Obesity  Journal
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    Author List

  • Ligibel JA; Alfano CM; Hershman DL; Merrill JK; Basen-Engquist K; Bloomgarden ZT; Demark-Wahnefried W; Dixon S; Hassink SG; Jakicic JM
  • Start Page

  • S34
  • End Page

  • S39
  • Volume

  • 25