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ASCOconnection.org is a forum for the exchange of views on topical issues in the field of oncology. The views expressed in the blogs, comments, and forums belong to the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Peter Yu, MD

15 Jul 2014 03:16 PM

Common Ground and Shared Values

Human nature, for good or for bad, is remarkably similar across cultures. Literature, art, and music provide common ground and reflect the qualities... Read more

Peter Yu, MD
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L. Michael Glodé, MD

L. Michael Glodé, MD


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22 Jul 2014 10:33 AM

Statins and Prostate Cancer

The use of statins to control dyslipidemia is now over 20 years old and supported for patients with coronary artery disease by the landmark Scandanavian... Read more

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary


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11 Jul 2014 01:21 PM

Finding Inspiration at the ASCO Annual Meeting: A Fellow’s View

By Kalyan Mantripragada, MD, MPHAlthough I have only now started my career in oncology as a first-year fellow, this is not my first experience at the... Read more

Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP

Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP


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10 Jul 2014 09:23 AM

Giving Thanks and Honoring Those Whose Work Makes a Difference

One of the joys of aging—and there actually are a few—is the opportunity to use decades of experience to begin to see and understand what really matters... Read more

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP


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10 Jul 2014 08:40 AM

Delivering Bad News Cannot Be Someone Else’s Job

When I was a fellow, part of our training involved doing consults for patients, most of whom had just learned they had cancer or recurrence of disease.... Read more

International Perspectives

International Perspectives


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08 Jul 2014 11:19 AM

Efficient Teamwork at Tumor Boards

 By Nagi S. El Saghir, MD, FACPImmediate Past Chair, ASCO International Affairs CommitteeProfessor and Director, Breast Center of Excellence,... Read more

Anees Chagpar, MD

Anees Chagpar, MD


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05 Jul 2014 10:00 PM

Motivation

I recently read an article that appeared in the New York Times about what motivates people. It talked about a study of 11,320 cadets entering the... Read more

David L. Graham, MD

David L. Graham, MD


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30 Jun 2014 11:21 AM

Do Terms and Conditions Equal Informed Consent?

It’s not often that an article from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) leads to an editorial in Forbes or discussion on morning... Read more

Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP

Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP


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26 Jun 2014 10:37 AM

The AMA House of Delegates: We Have a Lot to Discuss

We just returned from the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) gathering. Once again, it proved to be extensive, revealing, and... Read more

Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS

Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS


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23 Jun 2014 07:50 PM

Collaborating to Improve Cancer Care and Outcomes for All

Dear Colleagues: Our Society has never been shy about tackling difficult or seemingly intransigent problems. For a number of years, the Society... Read more

Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP

Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP


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10 Jun 2014 04:46 PM

There Are No Guarantees

I just want to know that she'll be able to travel, my patient's husband said. Stan and Jane Jackson* sat side-by-side on the mauve loveseat in the exam... Read more

Matthew S. Katz, MD

Matthew S. Katz, MD


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02 Jun 2014 03:17 PM

Six Critical Factors to Lung Cancer Screening Becoming a Reality

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... Read more

Heather M. Hylton, MS, PA-C

Heather M. Hylton, MS, PA-C


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01 Jun 2014 05:12 PM

Balancing Our Values on Value

Over the last few days at the Annual Meeting, much discussion has occurred on the topic of value in cancer care, and many different aspects of this issue... Read more

Michael Fisch, MD, MPH

Michael Fisch, MD, MPH


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30 May 2014 09:09 AM

Asking the Right Question at #ASCO 2014: What Are You Hoping For?

Becoming professionalized in medicine is a process that starts in medical school and gets consolidated through the remarkably absorbing daily process... Read more

Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP

Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP


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03 Apr 2014 02:08 PM

Everyone Should Be Fired at Least Once

One of the most difficult issues I’ve had to face is being fired. Rather tragic to let a bruised ego have such a priority. Humility happens when you... Read more

Abdul-Rahman Jazieh, MD, MPH

Abdul-Rahman Jazieh, MD, MPH


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31 Mar 2014 05:25 PM

2014 Annual Meeting Tips

ASCO is the most important oncology meeting in the world, with more than 30,000 attendees and hundreds of presentations. I have been asked by many... Read more

Linda R. Duska, MD

Linda R. Duska, MD


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13 Mar 2014 07:33 AM

What Do You Do When There Is Nothing to Do?

It’s a hard question, especially for a surgeon. We surgeons like the instant gratification of going in and fixing things. As a surgeon who also gives... Read more

ASCO Commentary

ASCO Commentary


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06 Feb 2014 12:58 PM

Meaningful Progress Against Gastric, Pancreatic, and Colorectal Cancers Reported at the 2014 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium

  By Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FASCO, Chief Medical Officer of ASCO I’ve been a regular attendee of the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium since... Read more

Robert E. Fisher, MD

Robert E. Fisher, MD


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06 Jan 2014 10:18 AM

Reassurance Revisited

Perhaps the most evocative essay that I have ever read is David Steensma's piece entitled Reassurance in the Art of Oncology section of the JCO, published... Read more

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD


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10 Dec 2013 08:15 AM

Twitter Use Increasing at ASH and ASCO Annual Meetings

I attended the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 55th Annual Meeting (officially December 7-10, 2013). It seemed like the amount of Twitter activity... Read more

S. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS

S. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS


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03 Dec 2013 10:14 AM

I’m Not a Doctor, but I Play One on TV: What’s the Benefit of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising?

On the way to work recently, I heard a radio advertisement that sparked my interest. A cancer center (not my own) was advertising 3D mammography to... Read more

Robert Miller, MD

Robert Miller, MD


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18 Oct 2013 12:36 PM

Highlights from the Cancer.Net Editors' Meeting

Last month the Associate Editors of Cancer.Net, ASCO’s patient education website, met for the annual editors’ meeting. This was my first meeting since... Read more

Clement Adebamowo, MD, ScD

Clement Adebamowo, MD, ScD


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23 Jul 2013 08:48 AM

Cancer in Nigeria, Part 3: The Promise of SOCRON

As cancer incidence in Nigeria is increasing, the field of oncology is growing in importance. However, it is a complicated field that requires many years... Read more

William S. Loui, MD, FACP

William S. Loui, MD, FACP


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25 Jun 2013 10:48 AM

My Internship as a Referee

I looked ridiculous. Dressed in the black-and-white-striped soccer referee shirt, I looked like roadkill on a black asphalt road with the white sidewalk... Read more

Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP

Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP


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28 Mar 2013 09:34 AM

Bridging Inequities to Bring Hope to Patients Worldwide

I am so excited about the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting, and I hope that you will join us in Chicago—or if you can’t make it, through Virtual Meeting—to bring... Read more

Beverly Moy, MD, MPH

Beverly Moy, MD, MPH


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16 Mar 2013 02:17 PM

Women in Oncology: A View from the Trenches

Like many other readers of ascoconnection.org, I was inspired by ASCO president Sandra Swain’s blogs on Women in Oncology. Those blogs and the recent... Read more

John Cox, DO, MBA, FACP

John Cox, DO, MBA, FACP


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15 Jan 2013 07:28 AM

The JOP Provides Increased Visibility through NLM Indexing

The Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) is in its eighth year of publication and has remained focused on presenting data-oriented articles highlighting... Read more

Michael Paul Link, MD

Michael Paul Link, MD


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17 Sep 2012 09:21 AM

Participate in ASCO Special Awards Nomination Process

Each year, ASCO presents awards to leading scientists, clinicians, and advocates whose contributions to our understanding and treatment of cancer and... Read more

George W. Sledge, Jr., MD

George W. Sledge, Jr., MD


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13 Feb 2012 11:15 AM

Shame and Anger

Reading the news about the current shortage of methotrexate filled me with shame and anger and sorrow. Sometime during the past few years my country,... Read more

Douglas Blayney, MD

Douglas Blayney, MD


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20 Apr 2011 08:46 AM

Personalized Medicine in Silicon Valley

In early February, my new patient was a middle-aged woman from here in Silicon Valley with a self-discovered 2 cm right breast mass. Her internist was... Read more