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  • Research

    JCO Exclusive: Late Hospice Admission—Can It Be Predicted?

    Research02 Sep 2014 04:42 PM

                        Key Points Patients who were admitted to hospice in the last three days of life were significantly more likely to have a hematologic malignancy, to be male, married, and younger than age 65. These factors are outside of doctors’ influence and are, therefore,... Read more

    The Next Step: Expanding Cancer Care–Centered Hashtags

    Matthew S. Katz, MD30 Aug 2014 01:24 PM

    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 help patients, clinicians, and others connect on Twitter. Based upon the success of this initiative to date, as well as an explosion of interest at ASCO’s Annual Meeting, it is clear that we need to... Read more

  • Practice

    Addressing “Sex vs. Death” Perceptions in Prostate Cancer Treatment

    Anne Katz, RN, PhD02 Sep 2014 11:41 AM

    As part of my role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a busy prostate clinic, I see men (with their partner) as part of their decision-making process for active treatment for prostate cancer. The purpose of the appointment is for me to explain the results of their prostate biopsy, dispel any misinformation they may have about what those results mean,... Read more

    The Next Step: Expanding Cancer Care–Centered Hashtags

    Matthew S. Katz, MD30 Aug 2014 01:24 PM

    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 help patients, clinicians, and others connect on Twitter. Based upon the success of this initiative to date, as well as an explosion of interest at ASCO’s Annual Meeting, it is clear that we need to... Read more

  • Membership Experience

    Addressing “Sex vs. Death” Perceptions in Prostate Cancer Treatment

    Anne Katz, RN, PhD02 Sep 2014 11:41 AM

    As part of my role as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in a busy prostate clinic, I see men (with their partner) as part of their decision-making process for active treatment for prostate cancer. The purpose of the appointment is for me to explain the results of their prostate biopsy, dispel any misinformation they may have about what those results mean,... Read more

    Membership Committee Meeting Highlights

    Guest Commentary29 Aug 2014 11:54 AM

    By Joseph DiBenedetto, Jr., MD, FASCO The recent meeting of the Membership Committee at ASCO headquarters provided an opportunity to evaluate the progress ASCO Member Services has made this year as well as to discuss strategies to improve service to various member groups, including International Corresponding, Emeritus, and hospital-based members.... Read more

  • Leadership Voices

    Membership Committee Meeting Highlights

    Guest Commentary29 Aug 2014 11:54 AM

    By Joseph DiBenedetto, Jr., MD, FASCO The recent meeting of the Membership Committee at ASCO headquarters provided an opportunity to evaluate the progress ASCO Member Services has made this year as well as to discuss strategies to improve service to various member groups, including International Corresponding, Emeritus, and hospital-based members.... Read more

    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

  • General Interest

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

    Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS28 Aug 2014 12:37 PM

    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 reaching the tipping point of awareness. Studies have shown, as outlined in our cover story on the issue, an association between overweight/obesity and a number of cancers. This issue and the significant... Read more

    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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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