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  • Practice

    Is Chemotherapy Ever Palliative?

    Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP28 Aug 2014 09:24 AM

    I remember when Mrs. Waltz* was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She had only felt some back pain which she attributed to her gardening. It had gotten worse over time and would wake her from sleep occasionally. Yet, it was only when I asked, “Is there anything else you want to talk about?” that she mentioned it. “It’s really nothing—but, my... Read more

    2014 Palliative Care Symposium Preview: Patient-Reported Outcomes

    Guest Commentary27 Aug 2014 03:49 PM

    By Jeannine M. Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCNI’m looking forward to the 2014 Palliative Care Symposium in Boston. Our session on "The Three Ms of Symptom Science—Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management" will highlight some of the cutting-edge information about symptoms. I’ll be talking about the third M, management, and I’ll focus on patient-reported outcomes... Read more

  • Research

    Cancer Care Faces a Growing Crisis: Obesity

    Research27 Aug 2014 06:26 PM

    Oncologists must begin to play a larger role in addressing overweight and obesityBy Leah Lawrence, Contributing WriterIf asked, most people would know that tobacco and smoking are associated with a higher risk for cancer. The same may not be true for obesity and cancer. As rates of overweight and obesity continue to increase in the United States,... Read more

    Have You Downloaded the New ASCO Research Program Quality Assessment Tool?

    Research25 Aug 2014 06:30 PM

    The ASCO Research Program Quality Assessment Tool—Basics for a Quality Community-Based Research Site—is designed to help community-based research sites exceed the minimum standards for conducting clinical research and provides an overview of ASCO’s recommendations for the important components of an internal quality-assessment program.... Read more

  • General Interest

    Cancer Care Faces a Growing Crisis: Obesity

    General Interest27 Aug 2014 06:26 PM

    Oncologists must begin to play a larger role in addressing overweight and obesityBy Leah Lawrence, Contributing WriterIf asked, most people would know that tobacco and smoking are associated with a higher risk for cancer. The same may not be true for obesity and cancer. As rates of overweight and obesity continue to increase in the United States,... Read more

    Eyes on the Skies: An Interview with Dr. Stephen Cannistra

    General Interest26 Aug 2014 04:40 PM

    Stephen A. Cannistra, MD, FASCO, on the wonders of astrophotography    Stephen A. Cannistra, MD, FASCO Institution: Director of Gynecologic Medical Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Specialty: Gynecologic cancers Member since: 1986 ASCO activities: Journal of... Read more

  • Meetings

    2014 Palliative Care Symposium Preview: Patient-Reported Outcomes

    Guest Commentary27 Aug 2014 03:49 PM

    By Jeannine M. Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCNI’m looking forward to the 2014 Palliative Care Symposium in Boston. Our session on "The Three Ms of Symptom Science—Mechanisms, Measurement, and Management" will highlight some of the cutting-edge information about symptoms. I’ll be talking about the third M, management, and I’ll focus on patient-reported outcomes... Read more

    ASCO Community Research Forum: Bringing Community-Based Researchers Together to Advance Cancer Research

    Guest Commentary01 Aug 2014 02:25 PM

    As chair of ASCO’s Community Research Forum (CRF) Council, it’s my pleasure to invite community-based researchers to our third Community Research Forum Annual Meeting, taking place September 28-29, 2014, at ASCO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. ASCO established the CRF in 2010 to provide community-based investigators a forum to discuss common challenges... Read more

  • Membership Experience

    September 2014 Member News and Networking

    Membership Experience27 Aug 2014 02:34 PM

    James Patrick Allison, PhD, Chair and Professor of Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, received a 2014 Canada Gairdner International Award from the Gairdner Foundation of Canada. James O. Armitage, MD, FASCO, the Joe Shapiro Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, joined... Read more

    ASCO Mourns Jesse L. Steinfeld, MD, Former Surgeon General, ASCO President

    Membership Experience18 Aug 2014 11:04 AM

       Photo courtesy of Virginia Common-wealth UniversityASCO and the cancer community mourn the loss of Jesse Leonard Steinfeld, MD, who died on August 5, 2014, at age 87 from complications of a stroke. Dr. Steinfeld was an ardent advocate of building public awareness of the dangers of tobacco and smoking, a former U.S Surgeon General,... Read more

  • Policy

    QOPI Approved as Pathway to Meet CMS Quality Reporting Requirements

    Policy26 Aug 2014 01:39 PM

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) as a pathway for oncologists to meet the agency’s quality reporting requirements. ASCO collaborated with several other specialty medical societies to achieve bipartisan support for a provision in the American Tax Payer Relief... Read more

    New Online Affordable Care Act Resource Center

    Policy26 Aug 2014 01:37 PM

    ASCO recently launched an online resource center to help oncologists understand the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA). As a result of the provisions of the ACA, most U.S. citizens and legal residents are now required to have health insurance or face penalties. In addition to implementing new practice... Read more

  • Leadership Voices

    Preparing for the Challenges Ahead

    Leadership Voices26 Aug 2014 12:45 PM

        An interview with ASCO President-Elect Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCOJulie M. Vose, MD, MBA, FASCO, began her term as ASCO President-Elect at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting, and she will serve as ASCO President in 2015-2016. Her early interest in oncology was piqued while spending summers and school breaks working with her... Read more

    Are you happy?

    Anees Chagpar, MD11 Aug 2014 09:26 PM

    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, I didn’t really know him) just committed suicide.  Robin Williams.  Famed actor, quirky comedian, man who could make anyone laugh. He portrayed our profession admirably... Read more

  • Conquer Cancer Foundation

    CCF Former Grant Recipients Present Research Advances at 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting

    Conquer Cancer Foundation25 Aug 2014 06:55 PM

    More than 200 current and former Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) grant recipients presented their research at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago this past June. Three of the studies led by CCF past grant recipients included important findings in the fields of lung cancer, ovarian cancer, and melanoma and were selected for the high honor... Read more

    September Is Conquer Cancer Foundation Challenge Month

    Conquer Cancer Foundation25 Aug 2014 06:47 PM

    All donations will be matched 2-to-1 by Raj Mantena, RPh    Conquer Cancer Foundation Board MemberRaj Mantena, RPh, with Gayatri Nimmagadda,MD, at the 2014 Conquer Cancer FoundationCelebration Dinner. Mr. Mantena will match allindividual donations to the Foundation 2-to-1during the month of SeptemberAt this year’s Annual Meeting,... Read more

  • Education

    ASCO University’s Tumor Boards Offer Case-Based Learning Opportunities on Diverse Cancer Topics

    Education25 Aug 2014 06:36 PM

    In 2009, ASCO University® established ASCO Tumor Boards—evidence-based, monthly, multidisciplinary presentations that explore cancer treatment issues through the context of a patient case. Over time, this popular series has grown into a large and diverse portfolio of resources that covers all the major tumor types. Free resource for... Read more

    Are you happy?

    Anees Chagpar, MD11 Aug 2014 09:26 PM

    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, I didn’t really know him) just committed suicide.  Robin Williams.  Famed actor, quirky comedian, man who could make anyone laugh. He portrayed our profession admirably... Read more

  • International Insights

    Cancer Care in China

    International Insights25 Aug 2014 06:20 PM

    An interview with Yi-Long Wu, MD, FACS, President of the Chinese Society of Clinical Oncology  ASCO is an international organization with members in 31 countries outside the United States. Focusing on the importance of global cancer care, ASCO is committed to empowering oncologists throughout the world to provide quality care to... Read more

    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

  • Fellows and Junior Faculty

    Are you happy?

    Anees Chagpar, MD11 Aug 2014 09:26 PM

    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, I didn’t really know him) just committed suicide.  Robin Williams.  Famed actor, quirky comedian, man who could make anyone laugh. He portrayed our profession admirably... Read more

    Hard Choices

    Anees Chagpar, MD06 Aug 2014 10:09 PM

    I was thinking about hard choices recently…. You know, those ones that really matter and for which there is no obvious “right” answer. I found this TED talk that I thought could provide an easy algorithm for finding the elusive optimal choice, but alas, it merely told me that hard choices are hard because we, as individuals, have to bring to them... 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