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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.

Peter Paul Yu, MD, FASCO

04 Sep 2014 10:00 AM

Lessons from the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology

Last week, I attended the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology (JSCO) meeting in Yokohama. JSCO rotates the Congress President position among the... Read more

Peter Paul Yu, MD, FASCO
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Anne Katz, RN, PhD

Anne Katz, RN, PhD


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18 Sep 2014 09:40 AM

The Pharmacist Said No

It’s not often that I find myself speechless. I have heard all sorts of stories in my office—as a sexuality counselor, I am often humbled by the trust... Read more

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP


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11 Sep 2014 09:28 AM

I Did It My Way

I sometimes wonder what I would do if I was told I had cancer. How much would I subject myself to in order to survive, or to achieve remission? As a... Read more

Matthew S. Katz, MD

Matthew S. Katz, MD


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30 Aug 2014 01:24 PM

The Next Step: Expanding Cancer Care–Centered Hashtags

Just a little over year ago, I suggested, on ASCO Connection, that those involved in cancer care should start using a set of disease-based hashtags to... Read more

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary


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29 Aug 2014 11:54 AM

Membership Committee Meeting Highlights

By Joseph DiBenedetto, Jr., MD, FASCO The recent meeting of the Membership Committee at ASCO headquarters provided an opportunity to evaluate the... Read more

Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS

Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS


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28 Aug 2014 12:37 PM

Helping Patients See Connections between Excess Weight, Cancer, Treatment, and Survivorship

The rising rate of obesity has been a topic in the news for quite a while, but the association of overweight/ obesity with cancer is just now... Read more

Linda R. Duska, MD

Linda R. Duska, MD


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12 Aug 2014 12:15 PM

Pilots and Surgeons: What Does A Really Good One Look Like?

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... Read more

Anees Chagpar, MD

Anees Chagpar, MD


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11 Aug 2014 09:26 PM

Are you happy?

I ask because I have decided that I can’t be sure any more…. One of the happiest people I know (or at least he seemed happy, and admittedly,... Read more

Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP

Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP


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31 Jul 2014 03:45 PM

The Telephone Message

The telephone message arrived in my EMR’s inbox. A patient’s daughter had called and wanted to ask some questions about her mother. Her mother, Louise*,... Read more

Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP

Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP


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29 Jul 2014 12:46 PM

Electing ASCO’s Leaders: Can We Improve the Process?

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... Read more

L. Michael Glodé, MD

L. Michael Glodé, MD


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22 Jul 2014 10:33 AM

Statins and Prostate Cancer

The use of statins to control dyslipidemia is now over 20 years old and supported for patients with coronary artery disease by the landmark Scandanavian... Read more

International Perspectives

International Perspectives


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08 Jul 2014 11:19 AM

Efficient Teamwork at Tumor Boards

 By Nagi S. El Saghir, MD, FACPImmediate Past Chair, ASCO International Affairs CommitteeProfessor and Director, Breast Center of Excellence,... Read more

David L. Graham, MD

David L. Graham, MD


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30 Jun 2014 11:21 AM

Do Terms and Conditions Equal Informed Consent?

It’s not often that an article from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) leads to an editorial in Forbes or discussion on morning... Read more

Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP

Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP


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26 Jun 2014 10:37 AM

The AMA House of Delegates: We Have a Lot to Discuss

We just returned from the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) gathering. Once again, it proved to be extensive, revealing, and... Read more

Heather M. Hylton, MS, PA-C

Heather M. Hylton, MS, PA-C


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01 Jun 2014 05:12 PM

Balancing Our Values on Value

Over the last few days at the Annual Meeting, much discussion has occurred on the topic of value in cancer care, and many different aspects of this issue... Read more

Michael Fisch, MD, MPH

Michael Fisch, MD, MPH


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30 May 2014 09:09 AM

Asking the Right Question at #ASCO 2014: What Are You Hoping For?

Becoming professionalized in medicine is a process that starts in medical school and gets consolidated through the remarkably absorbing daily process... 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

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

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

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