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Apr 21, 2017
The new Education Council will ensure that ASCO’s educational goals and strategies match its programs, and will evaluate collaboration across ASCO’s education portfolio.
Apr 20, 2017
Get the most out of your experience at the ASCO Annual Meeting by making preparations and familiarizing yourself with the program and materials before you arrive in Chicago.
Apr 18, 2017
I want to thank and pay tribute to the oncology nurses who are a true blessing and essential to providing exceptional care for my patients.
Apr 14, 2017
When faced with a suffering patient and family, it can be all too easy to blame yourself for their pain. Dr. Nasser Hanna encourages you to remember that the cancer is at fault, not you.
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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.

Jul 19, 2016
Drug companies play a key role in improving cancer care, but financial toxicity for patients continues to worsen. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty from excessive drug costs, and we have an ethical obligation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable.
Apr 08, 2016
We have discussed risk, biology, and the importance of complete reporting. So how do we decide to actually use RNI?
Apr 04, 2016
How we report clinical trials makes interpreting their results harder. Why shouldn’t we all have more information to make better decisions for our patients?
Mar 24, 2016
Deciding whether RNI works depends upon not only accurate risk assessment but also a better understanding of the disease. Here are some key elements of breast cancer and treatment that aren’t adequately decided just by looking at pathologic stage, grade, and surgery type.
Mar 04, 2016
To determine when radiation helps treat lymph nodes, we need to carefully interpret surgical findings and accurately stage breast cancer to best understand the risk of lymph node involvement.
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.

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