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  • Membership Experience

    Oncology’s Poet Laureate

    Membership Experience22 Apr 2014 05:04 PM

     Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD, reflects on medicine, family, and life in new poetry collectionWriting a poem: Seamus Heaney compared it to digging, Emily Dickinson to telling a slanted truth. For Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD, writing a poem “is like breathing”—not in ease, but in fundamental necessity. In spare, concise, deeply emotional... Read more

    ASCO Updates Conflict of Interest Policies

    Membership Experience22 Apr 2014 04:51 PM

    Disclosure of financial relationships with companies focuses on integrity of education and scienceAs a continuing medical education provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and a signatory to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies’ Code for Interactions with Companies, ASCO... Read more

  • General Interest

    Oncology’s Poet Laureate

    General Interest22 Apr 2014 05:04 PM

     Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD, reflects on medicine, family, and life in new poetry collectionWriting a poem: Seamus Heaney compared it to digging, Emily Dickinson to telling a slanted truth. For Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD, writing a poem “is like breathing”—not in ease, but in fundamental necessity. In spare, concise, deeply emotional... Read more

    ASCO Updates Conflict of Interest Policies

    General Interest22 Apr 2014 04:51 PM

    Disclosure of financial relationships with companies focuses on integrity of education and scienceAs a continuing medical education provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and a signatory to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies’ Code for Interactions with Companies, ASCO... Read more

  • Leadership Voices

    ASCO Updates Conflict of Interest Policies

    Leadership Voices22 Apr 2014 04:51 PM

    Disclosure of financial relationships with companies focuses on integrity of education and scienceAs a continuing medical education provider accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and a signatory to the Council of Medical Specialty Societies’ Code for Interactions with Companies, ASCO... Read more

    People of Good Faith

    Anees Chagpar, MD31 Mar 2014 05:15 PM

    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 radiation oncologist, a historian, and an ethicist. I sat in on a class he was teaching called “At the Intersection of Religion and Medicine.” Together, with a rabbi and a representative of the... Read more

  • Fellows and Junior Faculty

    ASCO In-Training Exam Score Reports: What You Do with It Matters Most!

    Fellows and Junior Faculty22 Apr 2014 04:46 PM

     By Steven J. Cohen, MDIn 2008, ASCO debuted the Medical Oncology In-Training Exam (ITE) “as a tool to assess trainees’ knowledge of the clinical oncology subspecialty, establish consistency in educational standards across training programs, identify areas of strength and weakness in individual programs, and stimulate... Read more

    Fellows’ Track at Breast Cancer Symposium Provides Multidisciplinary Environment for Learning, Networking

    Fellows and Junior Faculty16 Apr 2014 01:24 PM

    The Breast Cancer Symposium, cosponsored by ASCO, offers special opportunities for early-career oncologists to network with colleagues and expert faculty and pursue focused learning with a Fellows’ Track of ticketed sessions limited to resident, fellow, and junior faculty attendees. Trainee and early-career attendees of the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium... Read more

  • International Insights

    Cancer Care in Uganda

    International Insights22 Apr 2014 04:32 PM

     The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of ASCO awards the Long-term International Fellowship (LIFe) to enable early-career oncologists from low- and middle-income countries to earn valuable experience and training at a United States or Canadian institution. ASCO Connection spoke with 2013 LIFe recipient Siraji Obayo, MD, of the... Read more

    People of Good Faith

    Anees Chagpar, MD31 Mar 2014 05:15 PM

    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 radiation oncologist, a historian, and an ethicist. I sat in on a class he was teaching called “At the Intersection of Religion and Medicine.” Together, with a rabbi and a representative of the... Read more

  • Practice

    Clinical Trial Research in the Genomic Age

    Practice22 Apr 2014 01:41 PM

    By Faith Hayden, Senior WriterFrom the development of lifesaving drugs such as tamoxifen, imatinib, and trastuzumab to the discovery of gene mutations that cause cancer and the advancement of molecular targeted therapy, clinical research trials are the tools that help demonstrate the validity of benchmarks in oncologic... Read more

    Cost of Cancer Care: A Crucial Physician-Patient Conversation

    Practice22 Apr 2014 01:20 PM

    IntroductionBy Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCOFeinberg School of Medicine, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern UniversityCancer care costs and value are terms intertwined in the lexicon of the oncology discussion that has become the focal point of cancer care delivery over the past few years.... Read more

  • Research

    Clinical Trial Research in the Genomic Age

    Research22 Apr 2014 01:41 PM

    By Faith Hayden, Senior WriterFrom the development of lifesaving drugs such as tamoxifen, imatinib, and trastuzumab to the discovery of gene mutations that cause cancer and the advancement of molecular targeted therapy, clinical research trials are the tools that help demonstrate the validity of benchmarks in oncologic... Read more

    New JCO Study Finds High Rates of Financial Decline among Survivors of Breast Cancer, with Minorities Feeling the Brunt

    Research24 Mar 2014 04:09 PM

    By Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/EditorReshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, knows that the cancer care community has made great strides in the way it thinks about survivorship.   Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil“As oncologists, we’re very proud of the fact that we’re doing so well in our ability to cure a higher proportion of breast cancer patients. In turn,... Read more

  • Meetings

    2014 ASCO Annual Meeting: Scientific Program Preview and Meeting Resources

    Meetings22 Apr 2014 12:46 PM

    Every year, oncology professionals, patients, patient advocates, industry representatives, and major media outlets worldwide await the science presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting. This much anticipated “Super Bowl” of oncology science represents the best that the field has to offer, as well as an unparalleled opportunity for networking as oncology’s... Read more

    2014 Annual Meeting Tips

    Abdul-Rahman Jazieh, MD, MPH31 Mar 2014 05:25 PM

    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 colleagues how to get the maximum benefit from the Annual Meeting; therefore, I have compiled the following tips: 1. Review the Meeting program as early as possible and register early for ticketed sessions,... Read more

  • Conquer Cancer Foundation

    2014 ASCO Annual Meeting: Scientific Program Preview and Meeting Resources

    Conquer Cancer Foundation22 Apr 2014 12:46 PM

    Every year, oncology professionals, patients, patient advocates, industry representatives, and major media outlets worldwide await the science presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting. This much anticipated “Super Bowl” of oncology science represents the best that the field has to offer, as well as an unparalleled opportunity for networking as oncology’s... Read more

    15 Ways the Conquer Cancer Foundation Supports ASCO and Its Members

    Conquer Cancer Foundation25 Feb 2014 02:21 PM

    As ASCO turns 50, the Conquer Cancer Foundation, founded as The ASCO Foundation in 1999, turns 15. For those 15 years, the Foundation has fueled some of ASCO's most critical programs in research, education, and patient information resources worldwide— programs that would not be possible without the philanthropic support of... Read more

  • Policy

    At What Price? Discussing Cost of Care with Patients

    Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP10 Apr 2014 06:14 PM

    Martha* had recurred yet again—her third in as many years. Despite our best attempts, remission proved fleeting. Fortunately, she had few (if any) symptoms of the cancer in her abdomen; no bloating, no nausea, no difficulty moving her bowels. Her concerns were more psychological—anxiety and frustration because her cancer refused to go away, and indeed,... Read more

    Antibody Delivers Meaningful Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Peripheral and Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphomas

    Policy10 Mar 2014 04:22 PM

    By Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/EditorFor most patients with peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL), long-term progression-free survival (PFS) is an elusive goal. And for patients with this aggressive form of lymphoma who relapse—or who never respond to standard first-line chemotherapies such as CHOP and EPOCH to begin with—outcomes are usually poor.... Read more

  • Education

    At What Price? Discussing Cost of Care with Patients

    Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP10 Apr 2014 06:14 PM

    Martha* had recurred yet again—her third in as many years. Despite our best attempts, remission proved fleeting. Fortunately, she had few (if any) symptoms of the cancer in her abdomen; no bloating, no nausea, no difficulty moving her bowels. Her concerns were more psychological—anxiety and frustration because her cancer refused to go away, and indeed,... Read more

    People of Good Faith

    Anees Chagpar, MD31 Mar 2014 05:15 PM

    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 radiation oncologist, a historian, and an ethicist. I sat in on a class he was teaching called “At the Intersection of Religion and Medicine.” Together, with a rabbi and a representative of the... Read more

  • EHR

    The Prepared Mind

    Peter Yu, MD23 Nov 2013 01:59 PM

    By chance this week, I experienced a juxtaposition of polar opposites that gave pause for reflection on where we are heading with research that informs advancement in cancer care. For the first two days, I attended the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute  (PCORI) Workshop Integrating PROS in EHRs. This workshop, chaired by ASCO member... Read more

    Pathways: How Do We Know They Got It Right?

    Peter Yu, MD21 Oct 2013 04:53 AM

    By my watch, I am somewhere over Lincoln, Nebraska, flying back from the ASCO Provider-Payer Initiative (PPI) Meeting. It’s the third annual PPI meeting and the fact that it exists is significant evidence of ASCO's ability to adapt in response to circumstances and of the increasing resources that ASCO is investing in support of clinical practice.... Read more