Who We Are | IASLC

Who We Are

From biopsy to cure, we are those lung cancer specialists, patients, and caregivers who consistently strive for improved patient care through research, clinical practice, care delivery and advocacy. 

We are the IASLC. 

The International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) is the only global network dedicated to the study and eradication of lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. Since its founding in 1974, the association’s membership has grown to more than 8,000 lung and thoracic cancer specialists from all disciplines and more than 100 countries.

By hosting global conferences, funding cutting-edge research and educating the health care community and the public about thoracic cancers, the IASLC works to alleviate the burden lung cancer places on patients, families and communities.

Each year, the IASLC hosts the World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC), the world’s largest meeting dedicated solely to thoracic cancers. The WCLC attracts more than 7,500 lung cancer specialists from across the world and offers attendees networking opportunities while providing a podium for practice-changing research. 

In keeping with their commitment to education, the IASLC publishes the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO), a primary source for thoracic malignancy prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment information. The JTO serves as an authoritative resource in the field, with its impact factor increasing from 10.336 in 2017 to 12.460 in 2018. Additionally, at the beginning of 2020, the IASLC launched a gold open-access publication to accompany the JTO entitled JTO Clinical and Research Reports

The IASLC's Mission

  • To embrace the study of the etiology, epidemiology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and all other aspects of lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies;
  • To provide education and information about lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies to IASLC members, to the medical community at large, and to the public; and
  • To use all available means to eliminate lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies as a health threat for the individual patient and throughout the world.

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The IASLC Works Toward its Mission with a Diverse, Multidisciplinary Coalition:



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