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  • Palliative Care in the Middle East

    18 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 improve patient care.In the Middle East, cancer has become an increasing burden, more so than in the... Read more

  • Highlights from the 2014 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium

    18 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 presented, covering topics such as the integration of palliative care into treatment and the financial... Read more

  • Highlights from the 2014 Quality Care Symposium

    18 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 reduction. Highlights have been adapted from ASCO Quality Care Symposium Daily News. Participation... Read more

  • Beating the Odds in The Big Casino

    18 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, MD, FASCO; current President-Elect Julie M. Vose, MD, FASCO; and ASCO Connection Editorial Board... Read more

  • Expanding the Reach of ASCO’s Educational Efforts

    18 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 through her service on the Professional Development Committee and Continuing Medical... Read more

  • Integrating Palliative Care into a Health System: A Continuing Conversation (Part 2)

    08 Dec 2014 03:31 PM

    This next installment of the Continuing Conversation series from the 2014 Palliative Care Symposium, focuses on questions that were posed throughout the Symposium regarding the complexity of systems integration. Responses have been provided by Charles F. von Gunten, MD, PhD, who is the Vice President of Medical Affairs, Hospice, and Palliative Care at OhioHealth Kobacker House. Dr. von Gunten is known for developing an early model of hospital-based... Read more

  • Q&As from the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium: A Continuing Conversation

    18 Nov 2014 01:09 PM

    The inaugural Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium, held this past October, drew close to 700 attendees from medical, radiation, and surgical oncology, as well as from hospice, palliative care, and other symptom-management specialties. As a way to continue the discussion from the meeting, ASCO Connection will be publishing attendee questions posed during the Symposium with responses from faculty. The questions below were posed during General... Read more

  • Back to the Future: Family History is Still Key in the Genomic Era

    03 Nov 2014 03:35 PM

        Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD, FACP  Pamela Flodman,  MSc, MS, LCGCBy Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD, FACP, and Pamela Flodman, MSc, MS, LCGCAll physicians learn how to take a family history while in medical school, usually during the first year. However, this training is seldom used later during training or in practice. With the advent of the genomic era after the sequencing of the human genome in... Read more

  • ASCO Announces “Top 5” Advances in Modern Oncology

    28 Oct 2014 11:25 AM

    To mark ASCO’s 50th anniversary, the Society called on the oncology community to select the five most pivotal advances in cancer research and patient care over the past 50 years. Now, with more than 2,000 votes cast, ASCO has announced the results on CancerProgress.Net, its interactive website on the history of progress against cancer. The results offer a range of clinical research advances, from cancer prevention to chemotherapy,... Read more

  • Access for All: 35 Years of ASCO’s Advocacy Milestones

    24 Oct 2014 12:33 PM

    By Faith Hayden, Senior Writer   Since its founding in 1964, ASCO has focused on its mission to conquer cancer through research, education, prevention, and delivery of high-quality patient care. Although ASCO members readily see the Society achieving this mission through tangible efforts such as meetings, journals, and guidelines, one critical component may fly under the radar: ASCO’s policy and advocacy efforts. “The way we... Read more