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  • Education

    Molecular Oncology Tumor Boards

    Education18 Dec 2014 04:42 PM

    A new crowd-sourced learning tool from ASCO University As genetics and genomics become increasingly important in the treatment of cancer, the need for educational resources to help providers incorporate these new testing methodologies into practice has become vital. To help make this possible, ASCO University®, the College of American... Read more

    Expanding the Reach of ASCO’s Educational Efforts

    Education18 Dec 2014 04:13 PM

    Dr. Catherine Van Poznak applies leadership skills to many areas of member education    Catherine H. Van Poznak, MD, Associate Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Michigan, uses the skills she learned as a 2010-2011 participant in ASCO’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) to further the Society’s educational efforts... Read more

  • International Insights

    Palliative Care in the Middle East

    International Insights18 Dec 2014 04:40 PM

    By Payten Carroll, Staff Writer  While some seek peace in the Middle East through political means, others are looking to help patients with cancer find peace through palliative care. This endeavor is bringing oncology professionals together across the region’s national borders and cultural boundaries to implement solutions and... Read more

    Worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns: Pink Sidon Sea Castle in Lebanon

    International Insights20 Nov 2014 06:24 PM

    By Firas Y. Kreidieh, MD; Raghid N. Charara, MD; and Nagi S. El Saghir, MD, FACP Breast Center of Excellence, Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute, American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon        Sidon Sea Castle, a thirteenth-century fortress in Lebanon, is lit with pink lights to celebrate breast... Read more

  • Meetings

    Highlights from the 2014 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

    Meetings18 Dec 2014 04:35 PM

      Richard Riedel, MD, discusses Abstract 3: “Early palliative care on an inpatient oncology unit: impact of a novel co-rounding partnership on patient and health system outcomes.”  The inaugural 2014 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium was held October 24-25, 2014, in Boston, Massachusetts. Over 200 abstracts were... Read more

    Highlights from the 2014 Quality Care Symposium

    Meetings18 Dec 2014 04:25 PM

       Alana Biggers, MD, MPH, discusses Abstract2: “Medicare Part D low-income subsidy anddisparities in breast cancer treatment.”  The 2014 Quality Care Symposium was held October 17-18, in Boston, Massachusetts, and featured research on combating disparities, improving end-of-life care, and finding opportunities for cost... Read more

  • Membership Experience

    Beating the Odds in The Big Casino

    Membership Experience18 Dec 2014 04:13 PM

    Collection of essays by leading oncologists puts a human face on the practice of medicine   Stanley H. Winokur, MD More than 35 ASCO members contributed personal essays to a recently published collection of stories about humanism in medicine, including ASCO Past Presidents Paul A. Bunn, Jr., MD, FASCO, and Emil J. Freireich,... Read more

    January 2015 Member News and Networking

    Membership Experience18 Dec 2014 03:42 PM

    Ravi Bhatia, MD, and Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH, joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Ravi Bhatia was appointed Director of the UAB Division of Hematology and Oncology and Deputy Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Smita Bhatia is serving as the Director of the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and... Read more

  • General Interest

    Beating the Odds in The Big Casino

    General Interest18 Dec 2014 04:13 PM

    Collection of essays by leading oncologists puts a human face on the practice of medicine   Stanley H. Winokur, MD More than 35 ASCO members contributed personal essays to a recently published collection of stories about humanism in medicine, including ASCO Past Presidents Paul A. Bunn, Jr., MD, FASCO, and Emil J. Freireich,... Read more

    Helping Patients Understand Palliative Care

    General Interest14 Dec 2014 05:00 PM

    The booklet Palliative Care: Improving Quality of Life for Patients and Families is the latest addition to the ASCO Answers collection of patient education materials developed by ASCO for people with cancer and their caregivers. These materials provide oncologist-approved information in a conversational tone and reassuring design to give... Read more

  • Leadership Voices

    Expanding the Reach of ASCO’s Educational Efforts

    Leadership Voices18 Dec 2014 04:13 PM

    Dr. Catherine Van Poznak applies leadership skills to many areas of member education    Catherine H. Van Poznak, MD, Associate Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Michigan, uses the skills she learned as a 2010-2011 participant in ASCO’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) to further the Society’s educational efforts... Read more

    Meet Linda D. Bosserman, MD, FACP

    Leadership Voices17 Dec 2014 09:09 PM

      Dr. Bosserman with her sons (left to right) Eric and Alex and her husband, Ted, at a Renaissance wedding.President of the Wilshire Oncology Medical Group, Inc.; Clinical Practice Committee and Practice Guidelines Implementation Network member; and ASCO Board of Directors memberAC: What led you to oncology? Dr. Bosserman: I was... Read more

  • Practice

    ASCO Calls for New Action to Address Obesity and Cancer

    Practice18 Dec 2014 10:48 AM

    ASCO has called for increased education, research, and advocacy to reduce the toll of obesity, both as a leading cause of cancer and a complication in the care of patients with cancer. With its first-ever policy statement on cancer and obesity, ASCO underscored that obesity is becoming a central challenge in cancer prevention and care, and... Read more

    Recently Released Clinical Practice Guidelines

    Practice18 Dec 2014 10:38 AM

    Visit asco.org/guidelines to read ASCO’s latest clinical guidance: Chemo- and Targeted Therapy for Women with HER2-Negative (or Unknown) Advanced Breast Cancer Systemic Therapy in Men with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) Molecular Testing for Selection of Patients with Lung Cancer for Epidermal Growth Factor... Read more

  • Policy

    ASCO Calls for New Action to Address Obesity and Cancer

    Policy18 Dec 2014 10:48 AM

    ASCO has called for increased education, research, and advocacy to reduce the toll of obesity, both as a leading cause of cancer and a complication in the care of patients with cancer. With its first-ever policy statement on cancer and obesity, ASCO underscored that obesity is becoming a central challenge in cancer prevention and care, and... Read more

    Recently Released Clinical Practice Guidelines

    Policy18 Dec 2014 10:38 AM

    Visit asco.org/guidelines to read ASCO’s latest clinical guidance: Chemo- and Targeted Therapy for Women with HER2-Negative (or Unknown) Advanced Breast Cancer Systemic Therapy in Men with Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer (CRPC) Molecular Testing for Selection of Patients with Lung Cancer for Epidermal Growth Factor... Read more

  • Research

    The Billionaire Cancer Researcher

    L. Michael Glodé, MD, FACP, FASCO17 Dec 2014 11:19 AM

    Several patients/friends recently told me about the 60 Minutes piece highlighting the ongoing efforts of Patrick Soon-Shiong, a surgeon who was involved in the development of protein-bound paclitaxel (Abraxane™) and has become worth $11B as a result. So, I did my duty and watched the segment on the Internet.Let it first be said that the optimism... Read more

    JCO Exclusive: For Survivors of Colorectal Cancer, More Exercise, Less TV May Lower Risk of Death

    Research15 Dec 2014 04:00 PM

                        Key Points This study found that survivors of colorectal cancer (CRC) who exercised seven hours or more per week before their diagnosis had a 20% lower risk of dying of any cause compared to survivors who did not exercise at all. Those who exercised seven... Read more

  • Conquer Cancer Foundation

    Conquer Cancer Foundation Researcher Spotlights

    Conquer Cancer Foundation14 Dec 2014 05:26 PM

    CCF-supported researchers showcase how your donations are helping to make real progress against cancer  Conquering Cancer with Mehdi Hamadani, MDMehdi Hamadani, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, proposed a phase II study to test the effects of treating bone marrow donors and recipients with statins prior to transplant to... Read more

    Five Great Achievements from the Conquer Cancer Foundation in 2014

    Conquer Cancer Foundation14 Dec 2014 05:17 PM

    Made possible by Conquer Cancer Foundation donors    As the Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) plans for the year ahead, it is a good time to take stock of the gains made over the past 12 months and to express appreciation to the donors who made it all happen. The following are the Foundation’s top five achievements from... Read more

  • Fellows and Junior Faculty

    ASCO Connection: Trainee & Early-Career Oncologists Fourth Quarter 2014 Digital Edition

    Fellows and Junior Faculty27 Oct 2014 07:28 PM

    Read the complete Fourth Quarter 2014 issue of ASCO Connection: Trainee & Early-Career Oncologists online in an enhanced digital edition with embedded links:... Read more

    Member Achievements: Fourth Quarter 2014

    Fellows and Junior Faculty27 Oct 2014 07:08 PM

        Van K. Morris, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is a co-author of a U.S. cooperative randomized phase II trial of vemurafenib, cetuximab, and irinotecan in BRAF-mutated colorectal cancer which began in summer 2014 (2013 Conquer Cancer Foundation [CCF] Young Investigator Award... Read more

  • EHR

    The Prepared Mind

    Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO23 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 Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO21 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