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NCCN 2020 Annual Conference

IMPORTANT UPDATE: NCCN Postpones 2020 Annual Conference, Citing Precautions against Potential Patient Exposure to COVID-19

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announced today that the organization is postponing the NCCN 2020 Annual Conference and pre-conference programs scheduled for March 19-22 in Orlando, FL. The gathering for more than 1,500 oncology professionals was going to feature more than 30 educational sessions on state-of-the-art practices in cancer care, presented by leading experts from NCCN's 30 Member Institutions. NCCN officials were compelled to postpone in response to the rapidly evolving situation involving the potential spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“The health and safety of our attendees and the patients they take care of is our number one concern,” said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. “This was an incredibly difficult and disappointing decision to have to make. However, our conference attendees work to save the lives of immunocompromised people every day. Some of them are cancer survivors themselves, particularly at our patient advocacy pavilion. It’s our responsibility, in an abundance of caution, to safeguard them from any potential exposure to COVID-19.”

“We have a moral and professional obligation to do what we can individually and collectively to minimize the spread of COVID-19,” said Ronald S. Walters, MD, MBA, MHA, MS, Chair, NCCN Board of Directors, and a Breast Medical Oncologist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. “Under the current circumstances, due diligence means thoughtfully curtailing any non-essential travel or gatherings for people across the oncology care ecosystem.”

Read the Announcement


Pre-conference programs scheduled for March 19, 2020

  • NCCN 2020 Nursing Program: Advancing Oncology Nursing™> POSTPONED
  • NCCN Oncology Fellows Program: New Horizons in Quality Cancer Care > POSTPONED
  • NCCN Academy for Excellence & Leadership in Oncology™> POSTPONED


Please contact conferences@nccn.org with any questions about the Annual Conference and pre-conference events.


Save the Date!

NCCN 2021 Annual Conference
Rosen Shingle Creek • Orlando, Florida
Thursday, March 18, 2021 – Saturday, March 20, 2021
(Preconference programs will occur on Wednesday, March 17, 2021)

Please check back often for the most up-to-date information. Please contact 866.788.NCCN (6226) or send an e-mail if you have additional questions.