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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.

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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