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Last week I introduced the theme I’ve selected for my term as ASCO President, Together, we’ll be making a difference for our patients and in our profession with the help of some game-changing initiatives from ASCO, of which I will describe just a few.
We recently converted our electronic record system to EPIC, and the new perspective provides useful illumination. Truly patient-focused care requires that our practice and our records—verbal, written, or electronic—place the patient center stage.
When you and your patient are in uncharted territory in the cancer landscape, the words you choose to communicate uncertainty and the way you convey them matter a great deal.
ASCO has published an updated framework for assessing the relative value of cancer therapies that have been compared in clinical trials in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
A brief NCORP update. The NCTN and NCORP continue to open and modify Precision Medicine clinical trials including ALCHEMIST, LungMAP, Exceptional Responders, and NCI MATCH.
Today ASCO issued its first clinical practice guideline on invasive cervical cancer, with recommendations organized according to health system resource availability levels. I was honored to serve as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel, along with Dr. Linus Chuang.
I have seen many patients grapple with the consequences of cancer and its treatment on their own sexual view of themselves (their sexual self-schema), and how it can impact the relationship between partners.
Working in oncology does not confer immunity from this disease, but I have wished that it did in some way.
The surgeon had successfully removed her cancer, and the hope was that she would be cured and could live now without needing chemotherapy. “Live?” she asked. “I cannot live like this. I cannot.”
Instead of another lecture on how to sign up for social media, I thought I would share my experience, along with specific examples of how it has directly led to professional benefits.
Women with cancer deserve a discussion about fertility preservation and the opportunity to discuss their concerns regarding sex, even if they are teenagers. But sometimes parents disagree.
It takes a lot of courage to face down fear and discomfort, but it can lead to happy outcomes.
We have discussed risk, biology, and the importance of complete reporting. So how do we decide to actually use RNI?
“Before I send in the prescription for this new treatment, let’s make sure you can afford it.” This is something I say in all of my consultations.
Whether you love or hate e-prescribing depends on whether you are writing, filling, or taking the pills.
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?
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.
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.

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