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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.
A few months ago, I became aware of the ongoing measles outbreak that has been traced back to visits to Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, which began in December 2014. I remember reading the news reports, including the defense of those who did not believe that vaccines are safe, and witnessed the pleas...
For the past month or so, one patient after another has come in with the question, “So, what do you think about 4-MU?” or “Did you hear about poliovirus killing cancer?” Actually, I have heard next to nothing about either, but of course I was intrigued as to where my patients get their information.
It has long been held that testosterone is the root of all evil—probably true for most wars, and possibly true for the development of prostate cancer....
For years now, we have had a raging debate in the renal cell carcinoma (RCC) community regarding the use of adjuvant therapy. In a patient with no evidence of metastatic disease following surgery, the standard...
I happened to be standing in her office when Tina, our research nurse, received an email from one of our patients. This patient had recurrent ovarian cancer and was on her third-line of treatment. She was seen at our center for clinical trials, and Tina and I had spent some time discussing one...
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.
In the past decade, a number of labs and companies have developed techniques to further define how a patient with prostate cancer, or suspected cancer, is likely to do. There are at least a dozen tests that are in various stages of commercialization, and it would be difficult to do justice to all...
It is always humbling to see how much you can miss in trying to keep up with medicine's developments, even in an incredibly narrow area like prostate cancer. Fortunately, there are many crutches like Medscape that offer help (along with targeted ads of course).
The third annual ASCO Quality Care Symposium was held October 17-18, in Boston. This meeting has rapidly become the premier event to attend for oncologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, and other cancer professionals dedicated to quality improvement.
Randy Pausch said in his last lecture that the brick walls were there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. I wonder, though, if we really need so many brick walls…
It often seems like the challenges associated with discussing clinical trials with your patients outweigh the probable benefits, but in the long run, it may make a difference.

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