eHCPs at ASCO 23 are excited about new lung cancer data

05.07.2023 | News

eHCPs at ASCO 23 are excited about new lung cancer data

The annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) conference, held in Chicago this year, gained over 40,000 healthcare professional (HCP) registrations – both in person and online. Online HCPs (eHCPs) frequently take to social media to discuss data released at large global events like ASCO, so we were curious to find out what eHCPs were discussing in the lung cancer conversation over the month before and during the ASCO conference 2023.

Using CREATION Pinpoint® we analysed the unprompted lung cancer conversations of 2,632 eHCPs between 1st May to 8th June 2023 globally. Over 9,000 social media posts were made discussing lung cancer over this time period, 43% of which fall into the time frame of ASCO – 2nd to the 6th of June. 37% of the lung cancer conversation over this period spoke specifically about non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) , with only 4% of the conversation about small cell lung cancer (SLC).

The lung cancer conversation made up 15% of the total ASCO 2023 conversation online between 1st May 2023 and 8th June 2023.

ADAURA trial the most discussed by eHCPs at ASCO 2023

Over one third of the eHCP lung cancer conversation discussed research and data. The most discussed clinical trial was the ADAURA trial, investigating adjuvant osimertinib versus placebo in EGFR-mutated stage IB-IIIA NSCLC. eHCPs had mixed sentiment towards the data with some eHCPs, such as US oncologist Eric Singhi, commending the team for “offering a plain language summary”. On the other hand, some eHCPs shared their disappointment for not utilising a standard of care control arm, with one oncologist, Dr Amol Akhade, stating that it was painful to see the explanation given on podium at ASCO 2023.


Another highly discussed clinical trial among eHCPs over the period of ASCO was the KEYNOTE trial, investigating Merck’s anti-PD-1 therapy KEYTRUDA in patients with TKI-resistant, EGFR-mutated metastatic, nonsquamous NSCLC. Generally, eHCPs appeared underwhelmed at both the results and decisions on the logistics such as the pathologic criteria of trial participants.

Although the other top five most discussed trials over ASCO 2023 had significantly fewer mentions than ADAURA and KEYNOTE, there was a general sentiment of enthusiasm towards the CHRYSALIS, PEOPLE, and LUNAR trials. eHCPs were keen to see more data on these newly reported trials.

AstraZeneca and MSD were the focus of eHCPs during ASCO

Mentions of AstraZeneca and MSD in the context of NSCLC were driven primarily by their clinical trials.

When they weren’t discussing clinical trials, eHCPs shared updates on activities occurring within the top pharmaceutical organisations, such as webinars sponsored by AstraZeneca and news updates.

However, 98% of the conversation on the top five pharmaceutical organisations discussed research and data covered at ASCO.

Both amplifiers and creators are among the top 5 HCP voices at ASCO 2023

Among the top voices in the lung cancer conversation at the event there were both amplifiers, who shared others’ posts the majority of the time, and creators, who created original content.

The author who contributed the most social media posts in the ASCO 2023 lung cancer conversation was Armando Félix Leyva, a radio-oncologist from Mexico. The majority of his posts were shares of peer content. 22% of his posts were about the ADAURA and KEYNOTE clinical trials, sharing research and data presented at ASCO, whilst the rest of his posts shared presentations by fellow HCPs at ASCO without mentioning specific trials.

Charu Aggarwal from the US, was the top creator in the ASCO lung cancer conversation, with 99% of her posts being original content. She was also interested in research and data presented at ASCO, keeping her network up to date on the details.

The top 5 posts focused on trial data

The top most impactful lung cancer posts over the period of ASCO, based on their global reach, were updates on the clinical trial data. These posts reached the screens of over 6 million social media users. 

The top 5 posts are:

  1. Eric Topol – ADAURA trial
  2. Eric Topol – ADAURA trial
  3. Vinay Prasad – ADAURA trial
  4. Eric Topol – lung cancer screening
  5. Darren Markland – causes of cancer 

Eric Topol from the US shared 3 of the top 5 posts, sharing his enthusiasm about trial results with his almost 700,000 followers on Twitter, each including a visual such as an article link or an image of the data released.

What could your next steps be following ASCO 2023?

Firstly, understand what your HCPs are thinking about your data. Don’t shy away from negative comments, as those are good insights too and could even be a conversation starter if you want to get in touch with individual HCPs.

Secondly, taking the ADAURA trial as an example, HCPs liked the plain language summary but were questioning the control arm and were not happy about the explanation on the podium. AstraZeneca has the opportunity to address some of those concerns raised by HCPs. Similar to an “Ask the Expert” session, we have seen pharmaceutical companies hosting TweetChats on specific clinical trial data to engage the HCP community and give them an opportunity to ask questions and get answers. 

Finally, make sure to track those eHCP conversations on an ongoing basis, not only over congress and when important trial updates happen. If you start from when you announce a new drug candidate, understanding the HCP voice can inform your brand vision and strategy.

If you would like to learn more about understanding, engaging and tracking the views and needs of HCPs online then please do get in touch, we’d love to chat.


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Meet the Author

Hannah Ghinn

After completing her graduate year as an insights analyst, Hannah now uses her broadened knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and the work we do at CREATION to assist Daniel and Joanna, the CEO and COO. She uses her critical thinking skills from her psychology with business degree to efficiently handle her responsibilities.

Hannah enjoys exploring new places, and can often be found out on an adventure during the weekends. She one day hopes to have travelled to every country in the world.

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