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  • Research

    The Brick Walls

    Anees Chagpar, MD19 Sep 2014 07:12 PM

    Randy Pausch said in his last lecture that the brick walls were there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. I wonder, though, if we really need so many brick walls… I recently finished a MOOC on Leading Strategic Innovation, which addressed the many barriers to innovation – from individual constraints to group constraints,... Read more

    JCO Exclusive: In Pediatric Phase I Trials, Hope Is Emphasized over Realism

    Research15 Sep 2014 04:05 PM

                        Key Points The study found that for every one “realistic” statement doctors made during informed consent conferences (ICCs), they made three hopeful statements indicating that the treatment could bring about positive outcomes, such as lengthening the life... Read more

  • Fellows and Junior Faculty

    The Brick Walls

    Anees Chagpar, MD19 Sep 2014 07:12 PM

    Randy Pausch said in his last lecture that the brick walls were there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. I wonder, though, if we really need so many brick walls… I recently finished a MOOC on Leading Strategic Innovation, which addressed the many barriers to innovation – from individual constraints to group constraints,... Read more

    Lung Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Management

    Fellows and Junior Faculty04 Sep 2014 02:50 PM

    Edition: 1stEditors: Kemp H. Kernstine, MD, PhD; Karen L. Reckamp, MD, MSSpecialties: Hematology/Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Thoracic SurgeryPublisher: Demos Medical PublishingPurchase from the ASCO University® Bookstore    Over the course of the last decade, the treatment of lung cancer has evolved quite rapidly. New scientific... Read more

  • Leadership Voices

    The Brick Walls

    Anees Chagpar, MD19 Sep 2014 07:12 PM

    Randy Pausch said in his last lecture that the brick walls were there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. I wonder, though, if we really need so many brick walls… I recently finished a MOOC on Leading Strategic Innovation, which addressed the many barriers to innovation – from individual constraints to group constraints,... Read more

    Lessons from the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology

    Peter Paul Yu, MD, FASCO04 Sep 2014 10:00 AM

    Last week, I attended the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology (JSCO) meeting in Yokohama. JSCO rotates the Congress President position among the Japanese universities, and this was the year for Seiichi Takenoshita, who is Chairman of the Department of Organ Regulatory Surgery at the Fukushima Medical University. It is now three years after the... Read more

  • General Interest

    The Brick Walls

    Anees Chagpar, MD19 Sep 2014 07:12 PM

    Randy Pausch said in his last lecture that the brick walls were there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. I wonder, though, if we really need so many brick walls… I recently finished a MOOC on Leading Strategic Innovation, which addressed the many barriers to innovation – from individual constraints to group constraints,... Read more

    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

  • Membership Experience

    Society Announces Candidates for 2015 ASCO Election

    Membership Experience19 Sep 2014 11:13 AM

      Fourteen distinguished ASCO members have been selected by the ASCO Nominating Committee as candidates for open leadership positions within the Society for the 2015 ASCO Election. Biographical information and interviews with each candidate, as well as instructions for casting a proxy ballot, will be made available to members when proxy... Read more

    I Did It My Way

    Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP11 Sep 2014 09:28 AM

    I sometimes wonder what I would do if I was told I had cancer. How much would I subject myself to in order to survive, or to achieve remission? As a parent, I can answer only that I would likely go through hell and back if it meant being there for my kids—to watch them grow up, graduate high school, and then college, and to see them grow into adults.... Read more

  • Practice

    The Pharmacist Said “No”

    Anne Katz, RN, PhD18 Sep 2014 09:40 AM

    It’s not often that I find myself speechless. I have heard all sorts of stories in my office—as a sexuality counselor, I am often humbled by the trust that people place in me and how much they disclose about their private lives. But one conversation I had with a patient literally made my jaw drop. The patient is a postmenopausal woman with stage III... Read more

    I Did It My Way

    Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP11 Sep 2014 09:28 AM

    I sometimes wonder what I would do if I was told I had cancer. How much would I subject myself to in order to survive, or to achieve remission? As a parent, I can answer only that I would likely go through hell and back if it meant being there for my kids—to watch them grow up, graduate high school, and then college, and to see them grow into adults.... Read more

  • Conquer Cancer Foundation

    JCO Exclusive: Oncology Fellows Underestimate Their Workload—Which May Lead to Burnout

    Conquer Cancer Foundation08 Sep 2014 03:57 PM

                        Key Points   The study found that fellows underestimated the number of nights they would need to be on call, the number of hours they would need to devote to work tasks when at home, and the number of outpatients seen in clinic per week. The study... Read more

    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

  • Education

    Lung Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Management

    Education04 Sep 2014 02:50 PM

    Edition: 1stEditors: Kemp H. Kernstine, MD, PhD; Karen L. Reckamp, MD, MSSpecialties: Hematology/Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Thoracic SurgeryPublisher: Demos Medical PublishingPurchase from the ASCO University® Bookstore    Over the course of the last decade, the treatment of lung cancer has evolved quite rapidly. New scientific... Read more

    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

  • Meetings

    Lessons from the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology

    Peter Paul Yu, MD, FASCO04 Sep 2014 10:00 AM

    Last week, I attended the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology (JSCO) meeting in Yokohama. JSCO rotates the Congress President position among the Japanese universities, and this was the year for Seiichi Takenoshita, who is Chairman of the Department of Organ Regulatory Surgery at the Fukushima Medical University. It is now three years after the... 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

  • International Insights

    Lessons from the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology

    Peter Paul Yu, MD, FASCO04 Sep 2014 10:00 AM

    Last week, I attended the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology (JSCO) meeting in Yokohama. JSCO rotates the Congress President position among the Japanese universities, and this was the year for Seiichi Takenoshita, who is Chairman of the Department of Organ Regulatory Surgery at the Fukushima Medical University. It is now three years after the... Read more

    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... 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

  • EHR

    The Prepared Mind

    Peter Paul Yu, MD, 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, 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