Each year, nearly 40,000 cancer specialists and researchers convene at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's (ASCO) Annual Meeting. The conference helps ignite conversations between oncology professionals that can pave pathways for new advances in cancer research. Often, the result is innovative ideas and approaches in our treatment and understanding of the disease.

This year, we're highlighting the powerful stories of the researchers who are working to help make life better for people around the world, and the people whose lives have been changed because of cancer: