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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 Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO

04 Sep 2014 10:00 AM

Lessons from the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology

Last week, I attended the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology (JSCO) meeting in Yokohama. JSCO rotates the Congress President position among the... Read more

Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO
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L. Michael Glodé, MD

L. Michael Glodé, MD


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31 Oct 2014 01:05 PM

Deep in the weeds: Doc, is there anything new?

How to answer this very common question is a pretty daunting task. Last week I was at the Prostate Cancer Foundation annual scientific retreat. This is... Read more

Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS

Jonathan Berek, MD, MMS


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29 Oct 2014 12:01 PM

Growing Numbers of Cancer Survivors Signal a Greater Need for Education and Teamwork

As ASCO nears the end of its 50th anniversary year, the oncology community has taken time to acknowledge significant inroads against cancer while... Read more

Matthew S. Katz, MD

Matthew S. Katz, MD


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28 Oct 2014 09:19 AM

Survey: Health Care Professional Use of Social Media in Oncology

From everything you read, social media is becoming an increasingly important way to communicate in health care. ASCO has clearly embraced it. Dr. Don... Read more

International Perspectives

International Perspectives


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27 Oct 2014 02:44 PM

Running Uphill, Or Why this Halloween Week Matters for Oncology Care in Brazil

By Gilberto de Lima Lopes, Jr., MD, MBA, FAMS Sunday, October 26, 2014. 7:15 AM, Brasilia Time. In the United States most people are resting before... Read more

Michael Fisch, MD, MPH

Michael Fisch, MD, MPH


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24 Oct 2014 07:54 AM

Palliative Care in Oncology (PallOnc): At the Crossroads

As the first Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium kicks off, it is striking to think how this meeting has taken shape and how it intersects with ASCO... Read more

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP


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23 Oct 2014 09:27 AM

It’s Not About Us: The Time of ‘Doc as Deity’ Has Long Passed

I remember when I first started in oncology; I had joined the faculty at Brown three years after fellowship and was seeing a patient* with newly diagnosed... Read more

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD


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22 Oct 2014 01:44 PM

Are We Ready for Academic Promotions Should Consider Social Media?

On October 14, 2014, the blogger @Skepticscalpel posted Academic promotions should consider social media on the popular blog site KevinMD.com. I tweeted... Read more

Anne Katz, RN, PhD

Anne Katz, RN, PhD


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21 Oct 2014 03:49 PM

How Soon Is Soon Enough?

Hearing the words you have cancer changes everything. In my role as Clinical Nurse Specialist in a busy prostate clinic, I see the effects of these three... Read more

David L. Graham, MD

David L. Graham, MD


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13 Oct 2014 08:25 AM

A Modest Proposal . . . with Apologies to Jonathan Swift

An unfortunate confluence of stories has surfaced over the past few weeks. The release of data regarding compensation by pharma to physicians, required... Read more

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary


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10 Oct 2014 04:52 PM

When Lists Aren’t Enough: Talking About Dying

By Anthony Back, MD @vitaltalk Dave’s wife* pulled out a list of questions from her purse. Sitting across from her, I could read her first question... Read more

Anees Chagpar, MD

Anees Chagpar, MD


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27 Sep 2014 08:42 PM

The Six Blind Men and the Elephant

I love the story of the six blind men and the elephant, each of whom felt a different part of the animal and came to his own conclusion about its nature.... Read more

Linda R. Duska, MD

Linda R. Duska, MD


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12 Aug 2014 12:15 PM

Pilots and Surgeons: What Does A Really Good One Look Like?

A few days ago I had the opportunity to fly in a small passenger (9-person) plane. I’m not a good flyer in general and really small planes make me... Read more

Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP

Merry Jennifer Markham, MD, FACP


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31 Jul 2014 03:45 PM

The Telephone Message

The telephone message arrived in my EMR’s inbox. A patient’s daughter had called and wanted to ask some questions about her mother. Her mother, Louise*,... Read more

Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP

Clifford Hudis, MD, FACP


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29 Jul 2014 12:46 PM

Electing ASCO’s Leaders: Can We Improve the Process?

I am writing because I really want everyone’s input—comments, email, phone calls, written notes—on an issue that has been a slowly growing concern for... 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

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

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

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

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