Who We Are

We are radiologists diagnosing cancer, surgeons removing malignancies, oncologists strategizing treatments, nurses caring for patients, researchers searching for a cure. 


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 from around 100 physicians and researchers to nearly 6,500 lung and thoracic cancer specialists from all disciplines and living in over 100 countries.

Through hosting global conferences, funding cutting-edge research and educating the health care community and the general public on all aspects of 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 7,500 lung cancer specialists from across the world and offers attendees the chance to collaborate and network while learning about the latest updates in the field.

Additionally, the IASLC publishes the Journal of Thoracic Oncology (JTO), a primary source for educational information related to the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of all thoracic malignancies. Over its publication history, the JTO has established itself as an authoritative resource in the field, with its impact factor increasing from 6.595 in 2016 to 10.336 in 2017.

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IASLC 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.

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


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