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Sep 21, 2017
"At different points in the retreat, I felt indebted to the women who came before me... and renewed by the ideas we all have to make a world of difference in cancer care," writes Dr. Stephanie Graff.
Sep 15, 2017
When a new patient comes to see you about a cancer diagnosis, think about the invisible things they may be carrying to the visit, such as fear, anxiety, sleepless nights, financial worries, and concern for their loved ones.
Sep 14, 2017
Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar outlines the current work of ASCO's International Affairs Committee. A particular emphasis this year is fostering clinical research in oncology through capacity and skill development.
Sep 12, 2017
I applaud the Foundation for Women’s Cancers for highlighting the importance of trials, and join them in their push for more trial options for not only my own patients, but for all patients with cancer.
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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.

Aug 30, 2014
Just a little over year ago, I suggested, on ASCO Connection, that those involved in cancer care should start using a set of disease-based hashtags to help patients,...
Jun 02, 2014
It’s been almost three years since the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) reported a 20% reduction in lung cancer mortality. Why is it taking so long to see low-dose CT screening become a reality?
May 02, 2014
The countdown to the Annual Meeting is underway. In one month, ASCO members converge on Chicago to learn about the latest peer-reviewed advances in oncology. For attendees, it can be overwhelming but is a great opportunity for learning, networking, and seeing what may be coming soon to your cancer...
Apr 10, 2014
Increasingly, cancer care is becoming more evidence-based and personalized. But there are still a lot of areas where we need to question the conventional wisdom. How much of what we learned during training is based upon evidence versus anecdote and assumption?
Mar 13, 2014
People with a rare cancer can find it frustrating that their disease is unknown, but it’s even harder when it is associated with stigma or embarrassment. Anal cancer can be stressful and isolating. Now, anal and colon cancer advocates are joining forces online to dedicate March 21st to anal cancer...
Mar 03, 2014
From a philosophical standpoint, one of the things I hate most about cancer is the use of “war” analogies. The “battle” may mobilize patients and families, but it may also interfere with education and informed decision making. And both patients and clinicians often take recurrence or disease...

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