SSO 2020 Call for Abstracts and Videos - Now Closed!

The Call for Abstracts is now closed. The SSO Scientific Program Committee thanks participants for their abstract and video submissions for SSO 2020 – International Conference on Surgical Cancer Care, taking place August 17-20, in Boston, MA.

The Scientific Program Committee encourages both SSO members and surgeons involved in cancer care to submit their work and make this the best Annual Meeting yet.

Key Dates:

  • DEADLINE: The Call for Abstracts will close Monday, October 7 at 11:59 pm ET.* No extensions will be granted.
  • ABSTRACT NOTIFICATIONS will be sent early December 2019.
  • ABSTRACT WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE: Monday, December 16, 2019.
  • SYMPOSIUM: August 17-20, 2020

Abstract Categories include:

  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • Endocrine
  • Hepato-pancreato-biliary (including pancreas)
  • Melanoma
  • Other: Urology/Head & Neck
  • Peritoneal Surface Malignancies
  • Quality Improvement/Clinical Outcomes
  • Sarcoma
  • Thoracic
  • Upper Gastrointestinal (lips to ileocecal valve, including esophagus and stomach)
  • Sub-categories: Team Science and Disparities in Surgical Oncologic Care
  • Video: Techniques or Interesting Cases for Specific Disease Sites

To support you in the abstract development process, please view the on-demand educational webinar, The Framework to Submitting a Successful Abstract, available free of charge to SSO members at ExpertED@SSO. This webinar will help to increase knowledge of proficient scientific abstract formulation and the ability to practically apply this knowledge in the submission process for consideration by scientific symposia program committees. The webinar is moderated by Danny M. Takanishi, MD and Yanhgee Woo, MD with guest speaker Rebecca Auer, MD.

Review Information: All abstracts are subject to a blind peer-review by members of the SSO Scientific Program Committee, Breast Disease Site Work Group, Colorectal Disease Site Work Group, Endocrine/Head & Neck Disease Site Work Group, Gastrointestinal Disease Site Work Group, HPB Disease Site Work Group, Melanoma Disease Site Work Group, Sarcoma Disease Site Work Group and Quality Committee. The Scientific Program Committee makes all final decisions relative to the abstract selection and scheduling.

All reviewers, session planners and invited faculty will be required to disclose all financial relationships through the online system, helping to ensure high-quality, unbiased presentations and compliance with CME regulations. In addition, all authors must disclose all financial relationships during the submission process before their abstract will be considered and graded.

Please click here for more details on SSO abstract contests and awards.

For Frequently Asked Questions, please click here. If you have any questions regarding the Call for Abstracts or SSO 2020, please call the SSO during business hours at 847-427-1400, or email speakers@surgonc.org.

* Given the increasing resources required to manage the Society’s abstract review management process, the SSO has enacted a $60.00 submission fee for each abstract submitted for consideration to the Annual Cancer Symposium.

SSO 2020 Accepted Abstracts and the Annals of Surgical Oncology

SSO policy is that research presented at SSO’s annual meeting should be published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO), the official journal of the SSO. The following guidance provides submission information; detailed information is available here.

{Updated 03/10/2020 following rescheduling of SSO 2020 to August 17-20, 2020. This update applies only to the rescheduled SSO 2020 abstracts.}

  • Plenary and Parallel Session Oral Presentations. Authors of abstracts accepted for plenary or parallel session oral presentation are required to submit their manuscripts to ASO before August 17 at the latest.
  • Named Lectureships. Those who are invited to deliver the named lectureships of SSO 2020 are also expected to submit a manuscript to ASO as a condition of the lectureship. 
  • Invited for ASO Submission. Authors of the top 20 to 25 abstracts have been invited to submit their manuscript for consideration of publication in the ASO. Identified abstract-manuscript submissions will be subject to the ASO peer review process, and those accepted will be published online when ready, including in advance of the rescheduled SSO 2020.
  • All Other Accepted Abstracts. Presenters of all other abstracts accepted for the meeting are strongly encouraged to submit their manuscripts to the ASO as well. Publication of all manuscripts in the journal is subject to the ASO peer review process, and those accepted will be published online when ready, including in advance of the rescheduled SSO 2020.

Waiver of Submission Requirement. SSO policy is that research presented at SSO’s annual meeting should be published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology. Waiver requests will be accepted by a given deadline and are subject to review by the ASO Editor and an officer of the SSO. To request a waiver of the submission requirement, email the ASO Editorial Office at info@asoeditorial.org.

Submission Non-Compliance. Abstract authors who do not submit their manuscript within the designated timeline are in non-compliance. Among other criteria, the SSO Scientific Program Committee may take into consideration failure of authors to submit manuscripts presented at prior SSO meetings in determining the final program for future meetings.

Can abstract manuscripts be published prior to SSO 2020?

  • SSO policy is that research presented at SSO’s annual meeting be published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology (ASO), the official journal of the SSO. Please refer to the updated protocol and dates for submitting your SSO 2020 abstract manuscript to the ASO (listed above).
  • There is a publication embargo on all SSO 2020 abstracts prior to presentation August 18-20, 2020, except for publication in the Annals of Surgical Oncology. 

Updated March 20, 2020