Committee Connection
  • The State of Cancer Care in Georgia

    04 Mar 2015 02:05 PM

       Levan Jugeli, MD, MSc In April 2015, Georgia will host ASCO International’s new Cancer Control in Primary Care Course. The course provides primary health care providers (doctors, nurses, and others) with practical and specific knowledge about oncology that can be incorporated into their daily practice. ASCO Connection speaks to Levan Jugeli, MD, MSc, about the current state of cancer care in Georgia. For the past 15 years,... Read more

  • ASCO Names the Transformation of CLL Treatment as the Cancer Advance of the Year

    24 Feb 2015 07:04 PM

    The Clinical Cancer Advances 2015 report features the year’s top achievements, previews future trends  In just a year’s time, four therapies have been approved for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The new treatments are more effective and far easier to tolerate than prior therapies.This standout achievement, ASCO’s Advance of the Year, was announced as part of Clinical Cancer Advances 2015: ASCO’s Report on... Read more

  • New “Cancer Control in Primary Care” Courses Offered in India

    24 Feb 2015 06:51 PM

       Prince John, MBBS, MPACASCO International’s mission is to optimize care for every patient with cancer in the world. To achieve that goal, it is critical to establish collaborations in all sectors of the health care system.ASCO International’s newest course, Cancer Control in Primary Care, helps to address this need by offering primary health care providers (doctors, nurses, and others) with practical and specific knowledge... Read more

  • CancerLinQ™ Takes a Big Leap Forward

    23 Feb 2015 01:14 PM

    ASCO Teams with Multinational Software Corporation SAP to Develop CancerLinQ™On January 21, ASCO announced that it will collaborate with leading technology company SAP to develop CancerLinQ™ (, the Society’s groundbreaking health information technology platform. CancerLinQ will harness “big data” from millions of de-identified patient records to deliver high-quality, personalized care to people with cancer and cancer... Read more

  • Advance Directives & Advance Care Planning: A Continuing Conversation (Part 3)

    15 Jan 2015 03:24 PM

    This final installment of the Continuing Conversation from the 2014 Palliative Care Symposium series, focuses on questions that were posed throughout the Symposium regarding use of advance directives and advance care planning in end-of–life decision making. Responses have been provided by: Joanna Paladino, MD, who presented on this topic at the Symposium and who is a research fellow for the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, which is a... Read more

  • 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