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  • Fellows and Junior Faculty

    News from ASCO: Third Quarter 2014

    Fellows and Junior Faculty25 Jul 2014 09:24 PM

    ASCO Launches New Disclosure Management System ASCO’s commitment to balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities has been reflected in its responsible management of financial interactions with for-profit health care companies that could create real or perceived conflicts of interest. To help members and the Society... Read more

    ASCO and Conquer Cancer Foundation Congratulate 2014 Grant and Award Recipients

    Fellows and Junior Faculty25 Jul 2014 09:12 PM

        The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO presented more than $4.5 million in grants and awards to more than 200 promising oncology researchers at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting, held May 30-June 3 in Chicago, Illinois. Special award opportunities were offered exclusively to trainee and early-career oncologists. Visit... Read more

  • General Interest

    Transitioning from Fellowship to Career: Expectations versus Reality

    General Interest25 Jul 2014 08:49 PM

    Richard T. Lee, MDMember since: 2005Volunteer activities:Professional Development Committee; Young Investigator Award (2008)  By Richard T. Lee, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Congratulations! You have finally finished your fellowship after years of school and training—likely over 10 years. As a trainee,... Read more

    Finding Inspiration at the ASCO Annual Meeting: A Fellow’s View

    Guest Commentary11 Jul 2014 01:21 PM

    By Kalyan Mantripragada, MD, MPHAlthough I have only now started my career in oncology as a first-year fellow, this is not my first experience at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). I attended one other time, in 2012, when I was still working as a hospitalist in Rhode Island, where I was fortunate enough to have a... Read more

  • Membership Experience

    Nominate a Colleague for ASCO Special Awards

    Membership Experience22 Jul 2014 10:37 AM

    ASCO presents Special Awards to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to ASCO, the practice of clinical oncology, people with cancer, or activities that impact public awareness about cancer, its causes, cures, or treatment. All ASCO members are encouraged to take a moment and nominate individuals for the 2015 Special... Read more

    Giving Thanks and Honoring Those Whose Work Makes a Difference

    Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP10 Jul 2014 09:23 AM

    One of the joys of aging—and there actually are a few—is the opportunity to use decades of experience to begin to see and understand what really matters over the long term. What kind of work, what clinical focus, what research paths turn out to be truly transformative and illuminating for our field and the society we serve? With time and experience,... Read more

  • Practice

    Statins and Prostate Cancer

    L. Michael Glodé, MD22 Jul 2014 10:33 AM

    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 Simvastatin Survival Study published in 1994. That study demonstrated a significant reduction in the rate of myocardial infarction and death among treated patients and remarkable safety. Subsequently,... Read more

    Delivering Bad News Cannot Be Someone Else’s Job

    Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP10 Jul 2014 08:40 AM

    When I was a fellow, part of our training involved doing consults for patients, most of whom had just learned they had cancer or recurrence of disease. These consults were never easy, but the importance of sitting with someone who had just learned of their diagnosis was an integral part of learning the medicine and art of oncology. Even after many... Read more

  • Research

    Statins and Prostate Cancer

    L. Michael Glodé, MD22 Jul 2014 10:33 AM

    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 Simvastatin Survival Study published in 1994. That study demonstrated a significant reduction in the rate of myocardial infarction and death among treated patients and remarkable safety. Subsequently,... Read more

    HPV is the Driving Force behind the Rise of Oropharyngeal Cancer

    Research14 Jul 2014 04:03 PM

                        Key Points First American study to show that from the 1980s through the 2000s, the proportion of tumors that carried HPV rose over time and that rise tightly paralleled the increase in rates of OPSCC. This observation led to the study’s conclusion: the... Read more

  • International Insights

    A Continuing Commitment: A Look into the IDEA Program

    International Insights16 Jul 2014 01:44 PM

    Perspective from L. Michael Glodé, MD, FACP, FASCO, an IDEA Mentor     Dr. Maria Bourlon and Dr. L. Michael Glodé at a Conquer  Cancer Foundation eventI first heard about the International Development and Education Award (IDEA) program in an email from ASCO that asked for volunteers who were willing to host a fellow... Read more

    Common Ground and Shared Values

    Peter Yu, MD15 Jul 2014 03:16 PM

    Human nature, for good or for bad, is remarkably similar across cultures. Literature, art, and music provide common ground and reflect the qualities within us that are creative and validate our existence. The worse aspects of human judgment and nature are shared as well. 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, the 75th anniversary... Read more

  • Leadership Voices

    Giving Thanks and Honoring Those Whose Work Makes a Difference

    Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP10 Jul 2014 09:23 AM

    One of the joys of aging—and there actually are a few—is the opportunity to use decades of experience to begin to see and understand what really matters over the long term. What kind of work, what clinical focus, what research paths turn out to be truly transformative and illuminating for our field and the society we serve? With time and experience,... Read more

    Thoughts on the Fourth

    Peter Yu, MD08 Jul 2014 03:13 PM

    The recent long Fourth of July weekend was a quiet one, which is what one hopes for when one is on call. The silver lining of working a holiday is that even the cancer world somehow manages to slow down a bit, which afforded me time for my ASCO homework of reviewing the over 100 ASCO members who have been proposed to run for one of our elected positions... Read more

  • Conquer Cancer Foundation

    Motivation

    Anees Chagpar, MD05 Jul 2014 10:00 PM

    I recently read an article that appeared in the New York Times about what motivates people. It talked about a study of 11,320 cadets entering the military academy at West Point, and followed them over time to see who would make the best soldiers with the greatest longevity. All of these cadets rated how strongly various internal and instrumental... Read more

    The 2014 Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards

    Conquer Cancer Foundation20 Jun 2014 06:00 PM

    Promising researchers receive more than $4.5 million in grants and awards The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology presented more than $4.5 million in grants and awards to more than 200 promising oncology researchers at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting, held May 30-June 3, in Chicago, Illinois. The... Read more

  • Education

    Motivation

    Anees Chagpar, MD05 Jul 2014 10:00 PM

    I recently read an article that appeared in the New York Times about what motivates people. It talked about a study of 11,320 cadets entering the military academy at West Point, and followed them over time to see who would make the best soldiers with the greatest longevity. All of these cadets rated how strongly various internal and instrumental... Read more

    ASCO University’s Courses on Pre-Annual Meeting Seminars

    Education20 Jun 2014 03:59 PM

    Access to Annual Meeting content from the comfort of homeASCO University® has introduced new courses based on two of the most popular 2014 Pre-Annual Meeting seminars: New Drugs in Oncology and Genetics and Genomics for the Practicing Clinician. Both slide-based courses include direct links to Virtual Meeting clips of all sessions... Read more

  • Policy

    Motivation

    Anees Chagpar, MD05 Jul 2014 10:00 PM

    I recently read an article that appeared in the New York Times about what motivates people. It talked about a study of 11,320 cadets entering the military academy at West Point, and followed them over time to see who would make the best soldiers with the greatest longevity. All of these cadets rated how strongly various internal and instrumental... Read more

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

    Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP26 Jun 2014 10:37 AM

    We just returned from the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) gathering. Once again, it proved to be extensive, revealing, and eventful. ASCO’s Dr. Barbara McAneny was reelected to the AMA Board of Trustees, where she will now serve as the Chair. Dr. Chris Nunnink and I serve as ASCO’s delegates. We also welcomed the addition... Read more

  • Meetings

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

    Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP26 Jun 2014 10:37 AM

    We just returned from the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) gathering. Once again, it proved to be extensive, revealing, and eventful. ASCO’s Dr. Barbara McAneny was reelected to the AMA Board of Trustees, where she will now serve as the Chair. Dr. Chris Nunnink and I serve as ASCO’s delegates. We also welcomed the addition... Read more

    July 2014 Spotlight on Education: Meetings

    Meetings20 Jun 2014 04:22 PM

    Missed the Annual Meeting in Chicago? Join us for one of the 2014 Best of ASCO® Meetings boa.asco.org Best of ASCO Boston August 8-9, 2014 Best of ASCO Chicago August 15-16, 2014 Best of ASCO Seattle August 22-23, 2014 The hotel reservation and early registration deadline for all three meetings is Wednesday, July 9,... 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