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Jul 21, 2017
When it comes to taking care of yourself, Dr. Amelia A. Langston notes, it's not about the activity (or how much, far, or fast you go). It's about building a habit and sticking to it, for yourself and for those around you.
Jul 14, 2017
Drs. Nagi El Saghir, Ghassan Abou-Sitta, and Imad Kaddoura, report on the First International Congress on Conflict Medicine and make recommendations for ensuring that refugee patients with cancer receive adequate, appropriate care.
Jul 14, 2017
Everyone has a story about why they became a doctor. But I don’t know anyone who became a doctor because they love paperwork.
Jul 11, 2017
The price of and access to oncology drugs remains both a national and international challenge to our patients, providers, and third-party payers.
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Matthew S. Katz, MD

Matthew S. Katz, MD, is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Lowell General Hospital and a partner in Radiation Oncology Associates, PA. He is former Chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and External Advisory Board member for Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. He serves on ASCO's Social Media Working Group, ASTRO's Education Committee, and Massachusetts Medical Society's Communications Committee. His areas of prime interest are patient education and health empowerment. Follow Dr. Katz on Twitter @subatomicdoc.

Feb 29, 2016
Two recently published large clinical trials, NCIC MA.20 and EORTC 22922, raised a lot of interest in and a lot of questions about when radiation helps for treating lymph nodes in breast cancer. The data are more complicated than often presented.
Jun 05, 2015
Everyone deserves a chance to be healthy. Physicians, of course, focus on helping patients. Unfortunately, I often see patients’ frustrations with the health care system itself directed toward doctors. Doctors are under increasing pressures on multiple fronts. Yes, we’re imperfect, but making...
Apr 27, 2015
If you are attending the ASCO Annual Meeting, you will have the opportunity to attend many presentations that will help to improve cancer care. But even if you aren’t able to make it to Chicago, you can still learn from colleagues by tuning in to ASCO’s hashtag on Twitter, #ASCO15.
Apr 16, 2015
Recognizing the needs of patients as well as doctors is essential to healthcare. We may have ideas about what those needs are, but how do we include them in decisions about healthcare reform?
Dec 03, 2014
Using hashtag analytics, Dr. Matthew Katz presents Twitter data for ASCO and ASTRO Annual Meetings from 2012 through 2014. The findings show that the growth trend continues for sharing research and specialty-specific information in cancer care via social media.
Oct 28, 2014
From everything you read, social media is becoming an increasingly important way to communicate in health care. ASCO has clearly embraced it. Dr. Don Dizon recently wrote a great piece about the...

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