Committee Connection
  • 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

  • Highlights from the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium

    24 Oct 2014 12:19 PM

       Elisa K. Chan, MD, discusses Abstract 1 “Improving screening mammography return rates in overdue women: A randomized study of signed reminder letters from family physicians.” The September 2014 meeting marked the eighth anniversary of the Breast Cancer Symposium, which focused on “Enhancing Clinical Care Through Collaboration.” The Symposium brought together surgical, medical, and radiation specialists from the United... Read more

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

    26 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 Clinical Oncology Editor-in-Chief, Ethics Committee  What keeps Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO)... Read more

  • Preparing for the Challenges Ahead

    26 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 father, a pathologist, in his laboratory. Today, she is the Neumann M. and Mildred E. Harris... Read more

  • Cancer Care in China

    25 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 their patients. China is one of the most populated countries in the world and one predicted... Read more

  • The 2014 Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards

    20 Jun 2014 06:00 PM

    Promising researchers receive more than $4.5 million in grants and awards The Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology presented more than $4.5 million in grants and awards to more than 200 promising oncology researchers at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting, held May 30-June 3, in Chicago, Illinois. The Conquer Cancer Foundation and ASCO congratulate the 2014 grant and award recipients on their... Read more

  • ASCO Affiliate Health Member Peg Ford: A Journey from Patient to Patient Advocate

    20 Jun 2014 05:18 PM

       Peg Ford (right) with Dr. Afshin Bahador, after observing him erform gynecologic surgery using a da Vinci robot, at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.Peg Ford spent most of her adult life on the sidelines of conventional medicine. As a child growing up in a working-class family in Canada, financial barriers made it difficult for her to access health care, and then, as an adult, several... Read more