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ASCOconnection.org is a forum for the exchange of views on topical issues in the field of oncology. The views expressed in the blogs, comments, and forums belong to the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP

27 Mar 2014 10:30 AM

A Meeting Designed to Inform, Interest, and Stimulate the Oncology Community

As you read this, our 50th Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching. Tens of thousands of travelers are planning their time in Chicago, and hundreds of... Read more

Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP
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L. Michael Glodé, MD

L. Michael Glodé, MD


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18 Apr 2014 10:45 AM

Radicals, Robots, and Reimbursement

So how did the robot take over? As I recall, it started with hospital A buying the fancy robot for their urologists to use, after said urologists insisted... Read more

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP


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10 Apr 2014 06:14 PM

At What Price? Discussing Cost of Care with Patients

Martha* had recurred yet again—her third in as many years. Despite our best attempts, remission proved fleeting. Fortunately, she had few (if any)... Read more

Matthew S. Katz, MD

Matthew S. Katz, MD


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10 Apr 2014 01:34 PM

Oncolore: Separating Evidence from Medical Myth

Increasingly, cancer care is becoming more evidence-based and personalized. But there are still a lot of areas where we need to question the conventional... Read more

Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP

Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP


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03 Apr 2014 02:08 PM

Everyone Should Be Fired at Least Once

One of the most difficult issues I’ve had to face is being fired. Rather tragic to let a bruised ego have such a priority. Humility happens when you... Read more

Abdul-Rahman Jazieh, MD, MPH

Abdul-Rahman Jazieh, MD, MPH


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31 Mar 2014 05:25 PM

2014 Annual Meeting Tips

ASCO is the most important oncology meeting in the world, with more than 30,000 attendees and hundreds of presentations. I have been asked by many... Read more

Anees Chagpar, MD

Anees Chagpar, MD


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31 Mar 2014 05:15 PM

People of Good Faith

The other day, I was visiting a good friend and mentor of mine, Ed Halperin, who is Chancellor and CEO of New York Medical College. Dr. Halperin is a... Read more

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary


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24 Mar 2014 04:35 PM

Death Cafes and the Suffering of Patients with Cancer

By Daniel B. Hinshaw, MD, FACS, University of Michigan In a provocative article, Weeks et al. (N Engl J Med. 2012;367:1616-25) demonstrated a... Read more

Michael Fisch, MD, MPH

Michael Fisch, MD, MPH


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24 Mar 2014 09:44 AM

Next Steps: Integration of Palliative Care Principles and Practices in Cancer Care

ASCO recognizes that optimal oncology care requires the integration of palliative care practices and principles across the trajectory of cancer care.... Read more

David L. Graham, MD

David L. Graham, MD


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18 Mar 2014 01:40 PM

Science Social Media: A New Opportunity?

Sometimes, it can be interesting to see how outside interests can lead straight back to work issues. There is an author I have followed, Carmel Deamicis,... Read more

International Perspectives

International Perspectives


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17 Mar 2014 02:30 PM

Drug Discovery and Development in Emerging Markets: A Way to More Affordable Cancer Treatments?

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.—Steve JobsFrugal innovation is about turning constraints into opportunities, integrating new... Read more

Linda R. Duska, MD

Linda R. Duska, MD


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13 Mar 2014 07:33 AM

What Do You Do When There Is Nothing to Do?

It’s a hard question, especially for a surgeon. We surgeons like the instant gratification of going in and fixing things. As a surgeon who also gives... Read more

Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS

Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS


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26 Feb 2014 03:58 PM

Promoting Evidence-Based Science Within and Beyond Our Profession

Welcome to the first of our Annual Meeting issues, focusing on the Educational Program; 2014 promises to be a big year. As we await the presentation... Read more

Peter Yu, MD

Peter Yu, MD


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15 Feb 2014 09:19 PM

Saluting Our Members

During the last few months, I have been visiting with as many of the 21 ASCO committees as I can in order to understand the issues that they have... Read more

ASCO Commentary

ASCO Commentary


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06 Feb 2014 12:58 PM

Meaningful Progress Against Gastric, Pancreatic, and Colorectal Cancers Reported at the 2014 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium

  By Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FASCO, Chief Medical Officer of ASCO I’ve been a regular attendee of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium since... Read more

Robert E. Fisher, MD

Robert E. Fisher, MD


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06 Jan 2014 10:18 AM

Reassurance Revisited

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... Read more

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD


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10 Dec 2013 08:15 AM

Twitter Use Increasing at ASH and ASCO Annual Meetings

I attended the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 55th Annual Meeting (officially December 7-10, 2013). It seemed like the amount of Twitter activity... Read more

S. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS

S. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS


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03 Dec 2013 10:14 AM

I’m Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: What’s the Benefit of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising?

On the way to work recently, I heard a radio advertisement that sparked my interest. A cancer center (not my own) was advertising 3D mammography to... Read more

Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP

Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP


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26 Nov 2013 08:51 AM

The Good of the Many—An AMA House of Delegates Report

I just returned from participating in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) as a representative of ASCO. I, along with Drs.... Read more

Robert Miller, MD

Robert Miller, MD


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18 Oct 2013 12:36 PM

Highlights from the Cancer.Net Editors' Meeting

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... Read more

Clement Adebamowo, MD, ScD

Clement Adebamowo, MD, ScD


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23 Jul 2013 08:48 AM

Cancer in Nigeria, Part 3: The Promise of SOCRON

As cancer incidence in Nigeria is increasing, the field of oncology is growing in importance. However, it is a complicated field that requires many years... Read more

William S. Loui, MD, FACP

William S. Loui, MD, FACP


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25 Jun 2013 10:48 AM

My Internship as a Referee

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... Read more

Heather M. Hylton, MS, PA-C

Heather M. Hylton, MS, PA-C


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02 Jun 2013 08:16 AM

At the Foundation of Patient Care

I admit to being an aficionado of quotes, and I am particularly fond of some quotes I have heard at the Annual Meeting regarding patient-centered care.Much... Read more

Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP

Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP


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28 Mar 2013 09:34 AM

Bridging Inequities to Bring Hope to Patients Worldwide

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... Read more

Beverly Moy, MD, MPH

Beverly Moy, MD, MPH


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16 Mar 2013 02:17 PM

Women in Oncology: A View from the Trenches

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... Read more

John Cox, DO, MBA, FACP

John Cox, DO, MBA, FACP


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15 Jan 2013 07:28 AM

The JOP Provides Increased Visibility through NLM Indexing

The Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) is in its eighth year of publication and has remained focused on presenting data-oriented articles highlighting... Read more

Michael Paul Link, MD

Michael Paul Link, MD


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17 Sep 2012 09:21 AM

Participate in ASCO Special Awards Nomination Process

Each year, ASCO presents awards to leading scientists, clinicians, and advocates whose contributions to our understanding and treatment of cancer and... Read more

George W. Sledge, Jr., MD

George W. Sledge, Jr., MD


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13 Feb 2012 11:15 AM

Shame and Anger

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,... Read more

Douglas Blayney, MD

Douglas Blayney, MD


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20 Apr 2011 08:46 AM

Personalized Medicine in Silicon Valley

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... Read more