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One of the best things about ASCO’s Annual meeting is the opportunity to catch up with colleagues. For me, oncology has always felt like a small community of like-minded clinicians who choose to dedicate their lives to the treatment and care of people with cancer. So, with each year, I look forward...
At a reception well attended by many prominent thoracic oncologists this week, after the last lung cancer sessions of this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting had ended, the atmosphere was jubilant. Some were relieved that their presentations had gone well and that they could finally relax. Most were glad...
As someone who is interested in prostate cancer almost exclusively in my practice, listening to Dr. Nicholas James present the data from the STAMPEDE trial was of high interest.
The annual ASCO gathering is now in its last 48 hours, and it has been interesting. I have heard discussions concerning payment reform, oncology medical homes, and value based care. The highlighted plenary presentations concerning what appears to be a major clinical advance in the treatment of...
In 1964, when the first seven physicians who founded ASCO met, I doubt they imagined what a successful Society they were forming. At that time, cancer treatments were just beginning to have some early successes with a few cytotoxic therapies, new radiation modalities, and improved surgical...
I listened to some of my favorite presenters in my field of interest and got to sample some wonderful biology I would most certainly have missed.
I think I may have absorbed more information in this format than the usual scurrying about in Chicago, and my own bed was terrific.
As I prepared to come to the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting, I have to admit that I had one trepidation—I had to present a poster.
I am pleased to announce that nearly 6,000 abstracts were submitted for the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting, a 7.5% increase from last year’s record total. This explosion of data and knowledge is why I chose the 2015 Annual Meeting theme “Illumination and Innovation: Transforming Data into Learning.” With...
Communication is at the very heart of palliative care. Understanding the patient, their family, and their goals is the bedrock upon which all palliative care is built. But how do we teach our colleagues, fellows, residents, and students? 
This year, I plan to follow the ASCO Annual Meeting from the comfort of my home. It will be the first year of “missing” the Annual Meeting, and one question is whether I will have the discipline to watch enough presentations to feel like I have been sufficiently updated.
ASCO’s State Affiliate Council (SAC) serves as a communication link between the State/Regional Affiliate Program and the ASCO Board of Directors on issues affecting community oncology in its various settings.
The 2015 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium will build on the strengths of last year’s meeting while adding new educational and networking elements that promise to engage attendees and virtual learners alike.
The inaugural Cancer Control in Primary Care Course took place in Bhopal, India, in March 2015, which was fitting since it was the site of the largest environmental disaster in world history....
One of my favorite aspects of my job is giving Continuing Medical Education (CME) talks around the country and getting the opportunity to speak to a broad range of oncologists about what they do in practice. While I treat lung cancer patients at an academic center, traveling gives me the chance to...
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.
Every March, the ASCO Board of Directors meets for its Strategic Planning Retreat. Although we always have...   
I recently attended the co-sponsored Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. As usual, it was somewhat of a “firehose to take a drink” scenario with great presentations, more posters than you could possibly absorb, and lots of progress on many fronts.

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