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Apr 28, 2016 4:50 PM
The first ASCO Annual Meeting that I attended was in 1982, soon after I completed my fellowship in gynecologic oncology. It was an inspiring experience that stimulated and encouraged my continuous participation in our extraordinary Society.
Apr 26, 2016 6:39 PM
Get the most out of your Annual Meeting experience by planning your time carefully and taking advantage of the unique opportunities ASCO offers for education and networking.
Apr 19, 2016 6:26 PM
Instead of another lecture on how to sign up for social media, I thought I would share my experience, along with specific examples of how it has directly led to professional benefits.
Apr 19, 2016 5:56 PM
Women with cancer deserve a discussion about fertility preservation and the opportunity to discuss their concerns regarding sex, even if they are teenagers. But sometimes parents disagree.
From the President
Mar 23, 2016 9:42 AM
It is with great pleasure that I write to inform you that Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of ASCO, replacing Dr. Allen Lichter who is retiring later this year. Dr. Hudis will assume the office at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on June 27. When the Board of Directors began its executive search nearly a year ago, we couldn’t have imagined finding a candidate more ideally suited for the position. Dr. Hudis is one of the most highly respected, well-regarded oncology leaders in the world. As we welcome our incoming CEO, I also would like to take this opportunity to publicly acknowledge Dr. Lichter for his 10 tremendous years of service to ASCO. In the decade since he became ASCO’s CEO, the Society has experienced rapid growth and launched important new initiatives to improve the quality and value of cancer care. During his tenure, ASCO reached 40,000 members, including more than 13,000 international members and many allied health...
Apr 19, 2016 5:32 PM
It takes a lot of courage to face down fear and discomfort, but it can lead to happy outcomes.
Apr 11, 2016 9:39 AM
A letter from Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, MD, FACP, FASCO, Chair of ASCO's Global Oncology Leadership Task Force.
Apr 08, 2016 12:43 PM
We have discussed risk, biology, and the importance of complete reporting. So how do we decide to actually use RNI?
Apr 07, 2016 6:35 PM
“Before I send in the prescription for this new treatment, let’s make sure you can afford it.” This is something I say in all of my consultations.
Apr 07, 2016 6:24 PM
Whether you love or hate e-prescribing depends on whether you are writing, filling, or taking the pills.
Apr 05, 2016 2:51 PM
This is the story of how a populist Congress approved the medication that wasn't, and oncologists in the country are waiting to see if an enfeebled president will be able to veto the bill.
Feb 16, 2016 2:33 PM
In what is the first (and hopefully one of many) example of using modern genomic methods to match treatments to the molecular defects in prostate cancer, the U.S. FDA has just granted “breakthrough designation” to olaparib.
Jan 05, 2016 6:33 PM
ASCO staff and  member representatives gathered in Atlanta for the AMA House of Delegates' recent meeting, and, as usual, listened, learned, and spoke on a number of topics.
Jan 04, 2016 11:20 AM
In November 2008, Michigan voters voted to legalize medical marijuana by a margin of 63% to 37%. At that time, I opposed the measure. Three years later, I developed a different perspective.
Dec 01, 2015 6:47 PM
This last week I was traveling and experiencing the amazing sights of Georgia (the nation, not the state). Following my usual pattern, I used the Membership Directory and reached out to fellow ASCO members in Tbilisi.
Nov 23, 2015 6:31 PM
A few brief updates from the November meetings of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (Alliance) and ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, as well as upcoming meetings.
Nov 02, 2015 9:01 PM
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard L. Schilsky answers your questions about this exciting new opportunity in health care policy and advocacy.
Jun 04, 2015 10:15 AM
Now that the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting has drawn to a close, it is with restrained optimism that I have returned home. While we have just spent the last few days learning about exciting innovations in cancer care, it is difficult to think of these advances without considering their cost, and one...
Jun 01, 2015 7:56 AM
You never forget your first time . . .The sense of trepidation is overwhelming, the fear of rejection intense. You wonder about your own worthiness, but with some encouragement, you reach out—never anticipating reciprocation. But then it happens . . . almost out of the blue . . . the embrace you...
May 29, 2015 11:20 AM
“Value” will be front and center at the ASCO Annual Meeting this year, so much so that it has earned its own search category as a cross-cutting theme in the ASCO Meeting iPlanner. While the word itself is now ever-present in our discussions of advancing cancer care, defining value is not so easy. ...
May 27, 2015 12:34 PM
I am pleased to announce that nearly 6,000 abstracts were submitted for the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting, a 7.5% increase from last year’s record total. This explosion of data and knowledge is why I chose the 2015 Annual Meeting theme “Illumination and Innovation: Transforming Data into Learning.” With...
Apr 16, 2015 5:17 PM
One day in clinic, recently, I reviewed my daily schedule with the oncology fellows who were working with me that day.
Mar 30, 2015 10:57 AM
It’s hard to believe that two months have passed since my second blog. If you’ve been reading along, you know that I recently began a dialogue regarding challenges to the profession of medicine and the delivery of health care.
Jan 29, 2015 12:26 PM
By Tina Atkinson, Lauren Burns, and Richard Penson.  LB sports a perky, punky, quiff of hair that is testimony to the fact that she is a survivor, but never as long as she’d like. No chips on her shoulders, no moss on her street. She is savvy, and racey, and fun. Her hairstyle is gelled and glossed...
Oct 24, 2014 8:54 AM
As the first Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium kicks off, it is striking to think how this meeting has taken shape and how it intersects with ASCO during its 50th year of existence. Like me, ASCO was born in 1964. Interestingly, that same year, Dame Cicely Saunders (the founder of the modern...
Aug 12, 2014 1:15 PM
A few days ago I had the opportunity to fly in a small passenger (9-person) plane. I’m not a good flyer in general and really small planes make me nervous. I sat directly behind the pilot and decided he must be a good pilot based on his appearance and demeanor (the only data I had). He looked old...
Jul 29, 2014 1:46 PM
I am writing because I really want everyone’s input—comments, email, phone calls, written notes—on an issue that has been a slowly growing concern for all of us at ASCO: Our election and specifically our members’ participation in it. While we may pat ourselves on our collective backs for selecting...
Jan 06, 2014 10:18 AM
Perhaps the most evocative essay that I have ever read is David Steensma's piece entitled "Reassurance" in the Art of Oncology section of the JCO, published in August 2004. Dr. Steensma writes an emotionally and visually powerful essay...
Oct 18, 2013 1:36 PM
Last month the Associate Editors of Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient education website, met for the annual editors’ meeting. This was my first meeting since I became Editor-In-Chief in June after serving as an Associate Editor. The meeting was terrific—the editors were...
Jun 25, 2013 11:48 AM
I looked ridiculous. Dressed in the black-and-white-striped soccer referee shirt, I looked like roadkill on a black asphalt road with the white sidewalk markings. It reminded me of how uncomfortable I looked in my interview suit and tie as a medical student interviewing at residency programs....
Mar 28, 2013 10:34 AM
I am so excited about the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting, and I hope that you will join us in Chicago—or if you can’t make it, through Virtual Meeting—to bring ideas, inspiration, and treatment options back to your patients.
Mar 16, 2013 3:17 PM
Like many other readers of ascoconnection.org, I was inspired by ASCO president Sandra Swain’s blogs on “Women in Oncology.” Those blogs and the recent publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s empowering book, “Lean In,” have gotten me thinking about the plight of the female oncologist.
Jan 15, 2013 7:28 AM
The Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) is in its eighth year of publication and has remained focused on presenting data-oriented articles highlighting issues related to the mechanisms of oncology care delivery.
Sep 17, 2012 10:21 AM
Each year, ASCO presents awards to leading scientists, clinicians, and advocates whose contributions to our understanding and treatment of cancer and to the delivery of cancer therapy have bettered the lives of the patients for whom we care. Most of these awards are presented at the ASCO Annual...
Feb 13, 2012 11:15 AM
Reading the news about the current shortage of methotrexate filled me with shame and anger and sorrow. Sometime during the past few years my country, which developed the drugs and regimens that cured most of childhood leukemia, became part of the third world. Parents in the United States now know...
Apr 20, 2011 9:46 AM
In early February, my new patient was a middle-aged woman from here in Silicon Valley with a self-discovered 2 cm right breast mass. Her internist was all over this. She quickly had a core needle biopsy, was evaluated by one of our breast surgeons, and was referred to me for an opinion regarding...