2013 Call for Abstracts

  The Abstract Submitter is now closed.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: October 16, 2012, by 11:59 PM (EDT)

Other Key Dates:

Late August 2012 Abstract Submission Website Opens
November 28, 2012 Abstract Notifications Sent to the First Author
December 27, 2012
Abstract Change/Withdraw Deadline 
December 19, 2012 Late-Breaking Abstract Deadline (shell abstract must be submitted by Oct. 16 deadline)
February 14-16, 2013 2013 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, Florida

 Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted online using the official 2013 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Abstract Submitter.

Download the 2013 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium
Submission Guidelines

Call for Abstracts
Submission Policies and Criteria
Responsibilities of the First Author
Instructions for Abstract Submission
Late-Breaking Abstracts
Presentation Types
Merit Awards
Policies Related to Abstract Submission
Presentation at Other Cosponsoring Society Meetings

Call for Abstracts

- Summaries of new, ongoing, and updated research in the area of GU cancers will be acceptable for submission and presentation.

- Case Reports and abstracts on “trials in progress” or ongoing clinical trials are not suitable for submission to this Symposium.

- Authors must select one disease site and one topic category that best fits the subject of their abstract. The GU Cancers Symposium Program Committee reserves the right to recategorize an abstract.

    • Penile, Urethral, and Testicular Cancer
    • Prostate Cancer
    • Renal Cell Cancer
    • Urothelial Carcinoma

Submission Policies and Criteria

 - Prior Publication: Abstracts presented prior to the Symposium (but not published subsequent to presentation) are allowed for presentation at the GU Cancers Symposium. Furthermore, for a study to be eligible for acceptance into the Symposium, the contents and conclusions of the abstract must not be presented at any scientific, medical, or educational meeting of 500 registrants or more or be published in a scientific, medical, or educational publication (in any medium), in whole or in part, before the GU Cancers Symposium, either before or after submission to the Symposium.

- First Author Disclosure:   Author disclosure for the first author and all coauthors must be declared at the time of abstract submission. If the first author is employed by a company as defined by the CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies (see below), an alternate presenter who does not have a relevant employment relationship must be named if the abstract is selected for presentation in an oral abstract session Company: as defined in the CMSS Code for Interactions with Companies, is, “a for-profit entity that develops, produces, markets, or distributes drugs, devices, services or therapies used to diagnose, treat, monitor, manage, and alleviate health conditions.   This definition is not intended to include non-profit entities, entities outside of the healthcare sector, or entities through which physicians provide clinical services directly to patients.”

- Submission Fee: A nonrefundable $60 administrative fee, payable at the time of submission, will be associated with all abstract submissions.

- Abstract Change Deadline: Following the abstract submission deadline, First Authors may request corrections to rectify errors (e.g., typos, misspellings) within abstract submissions. Requests must be submitted to by December 27, 2012.  Updates to original data will not be permitted, as changes are permissible only for the correction of errors.

- Abstract Withdraw Deadline: If a First Author chooses to withdraw his or her abstract for any reason, a request must be submitted by December 273, 2012 to Any abstract withdrawal request received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis and cannot be assured removal from the Symposium Proceedings.

- Confidentiality Policy: Submitted abstracts are considered both CONFIDENTIAL and EMBARGOED from the time of submission. For a study to be eligible for presentation, information contained in the abstract, as well as additional data and information to be presented about the study, may not be made public before the findings have been presented/published in compliance with the Embargo Policy.  [*The one exception to these policies applies to abstract information that has been previously made public through presentation at another meeting.  In these cases, the confidentiality and embargo policies apply only to any updated information.] The First Author is responsible for conveying this information to all parties.

Responsibilities of the First Author

- Individuals may serve as First Author of more than one abstract.

- Verification that, if necessary for the work reported, the clinical research represented in the abstract was approved by an appropriate ethics committee or institutional review board and, if appropriate to this research, informed consent was obtained for all subjects.

- Verification that all coauthors are aware of the contents of the abstract and support its data.

- Agreement, on behalf of all authors, to transfer copyright to ASCO.

- Agreement to present the abstract if it is selected for presentation at the Symposium. (This includes being present during the scheduled time of a Poster Session.)

- Agreement that the same contact information and email address will be used for each abstract if submitting more than one abstract.


Instructions for Abstract Submission

 Please make special note of the following when preparing your abstract:

- Organize the abstract according to four sections, identified by the following headers: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

- Describe the objectives and results of the research in the abstract so that the Program Committee can evaluate the quality and completeness of the abstract.

-  Do not use proprietary names in the title or body of the abstract.  If necessary, you may include the proprietary name in parentheses directly after the generic name on first use in the body of the abstract.

- You may include one data table with the abstract. Do not include illustrations or graphics.

- Do not exceed 2,000 characters (approximately 300-350 words), not including spaces, for the total of your abstract title, body, and table. 

- List no more than 20 individual authors for each abstract.  In addition to the 20 authors, an authoring group may also be listed to indicate the remaining authors.

 In order to successfully complete an online submission, authors will need to provide the following information:

- First Author (Presenting Author): The name, institution, telephone number, and e-mail address of the First Author is required. The First Author (Presenting Author) will receive all future correspondence from ASCO.

- Coauthor(s): The name, institution, and e-mail address of each coauthor. Academic degrees of coauthors are not needed.

- Intent to Submit Late-Breaking Abstract:  This box must be checked (either yes or no).  Abstracts lacking data in the Results section of the abstract will be considered for late-breaking abstract status only when this box is checked. 

- Disease Site/Topic Category:  The most appropriate disease site for the abstract, according to the list of topics online (which also appears above). Please note that the Program Committee has the authority to recategorize an abstract.

- Disclosure Declaration: Disclosure information for the First Author and all coauthors is required.


Late-Breaking Abstracts

 - The GU Cancers Symposium late-breaking abstracts policy allows the submission of late-breaking abstracts for important new developments from Phase I, II, and III clinical research trials that will have an impact on practice or research for which no preliminary data are available at the time of the abstract submission deadline (October 16,  2012).

- A preplanned analysis must be scheduled after October 16 but before December 27, 2012, the deadline for the final, updated late-breaking abstract.  (The policy is not a mechanism to allow for updated data to be submitted later when preliminary data are available by the abstract submission deadline). 

- At the time of the GU Cancers Symposium Program Committee’s initial review of late-breaking abstracts (after the October 16th deadline), three decisions are possible:
o    Potential presentation in a session (oral or poster)
o    Publication only in the 2013 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Proceedings.
o    Rejection

- Note that a decision regarding potential presentation does not guarantee that the abstract will be selected for presentation after review of the updated data.  Final decisions regarding the selection of late-breaking abstracts will be made after the December 19, 2012 deadline.

- First authors of late-breaking abstracts have an opportunity to request that the abstract be withdrawn if the Committee deems it acceptable for publication only.

Presentation Types

- Oral abstract presentations will be approximately 10-15 minutes in length.   Presenting authors may use slides to accompany their presentation.  Those who have disclosed relevant employment relationships with commercial interests as defined by the ACCME will be prohibited from presenting and must select an alternate presenter with no relevant employment relationships.

- General Poster Sessions: Selected abstracts will be presented in poster sessions that are one to two hours long.  First Authors should be available throughout the poster session to informally answer questions from attendees regarding the information presented.


Each First Author/Presenter will receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of the abstract after initiating a submission and after completing a submission. The First Author (Presenter) will receive a letter of notification from the Program Committee regarding its decision by late November.


Merit Awards

Based on funding availability at the time of the Award, a limited number of Merit Awards will be given to fellows who submit high-quality abstracts. Merit Award recipients will receive a monetary stipend, as well as complimentary registration for the Symposium.  Fellows who wish to apply for a Merit Award should check the box in the abstract submitter, indicating they wish to apply for a Merit Award.  Applicants will be required to upload a letter of support from their Training Program Director and a two page curriculum vitae. Individuals who are selected for a Merit Award will be notified of their award in late November.


Policies Related to Abstract Submission

In compliance with standards established by the ASCO Conflict of Interest Policy (J Clin Oncol. 2006 Jan 20;24[3]:519–521) and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), ASCO strives to promote balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor through disclosure of financial and other interests, and identification and management of potential conflicts. According to the Society’s Conflict of Interest Policy, the following financial and other relationships must be disclosed:  employment or leadership position, advisory role, stock ownership, honoraria, research funding, expert testimony, and other remuneration (J Clin Oncol. 2006 Jan 20;24[3]:520).
For clinical trials that began accrual on or after April 29, 2004, ASCO’s Policy places some restrictions on the financial relationships between a trial’s Principal Investigator (PI) and the trial’s company sponsor  (J Clin Oncol. 2006 Jan 20;24[3]:521). If a PI holds any restricted relationships, his or her abstract may be ineligible for placement in the 2013 GU Symposium unless the Ethics Committee grants an exception.  Exceptions are generally not granted for PIs who have employment relationships with their trial’s company sponsor or stock in the company sponsor exceeding $50,000. Abstracts that receive exceptions will be subject to additional management strategies, including but not limited to additional peer review, advance slide review, and session audits.

ASCO’s Conflict of Interest Policy identifies the principal investigator of a clinical trial as “the individual with primary responsibility for the development of the protocol, the conduct of the trial, and the interpretation and dissemination of the trial data.”  Generally, it is expected that these responsibilities will rest with a single individual designated as the principal investigator and having the unique leadership responsibilities described in the policy.  Certain abstracts that do not identify a principal investigator will be asked to answer additional questions.  

NIH-funded trials are exempt from the Policy restrictions. ASCO will collect information on accrual initiation date, financial relationships of the principal investigator, and NIH funding upon abstract submission. It is the responsibility of the First Author to obtain disclosure information from all coauthors and to provide all disclosure of such interests and relationships through the Abstract Submitter program. Copies of the Disclosure Form can be sent to coauthors for completion and returned before submission of the abstract.

For more information on the ASCO Conflict of Interest Policy, the restrictions on PIs and the additional questions for abstracts that do not identify a PI, please visit


Presentation at Other Cosponsoring Society meetings

- ASCO: An abstract submitted for presentation at the GU Cancers Symposium may also be submitted for presentation at the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting. If your abstract is to be considered for presentation at the ASCO Annual Meeting, you are encouraged to submit updated data.  The Program Committee will take into account the novelty of data during the abstract selection process.

- ASTRO: Abstract submissions of papers presented at the GU Cancers Symposium will be accepted for consideration in ASTRO's 2013 Annual Meeting Scientific Program.

- SUO: Abstracts submitted for presentation at the 2013 GU Cancers Symposium may also be submitted for presentation at the 2013 SUO Annual Meeting.