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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 Feb 2015 10:55 AM

Important Update from ABIM about Its MOC Program

Dear ASCO member, Last year, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) released a new process for maintenance of certification (MOC) that many... Read more

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

L. Michael Glodé, MD, FACP, FASCO


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05 Mar 2015 03:10 PM

Prostate Cancer Advances—The Oscars Are In . . .

I recently attended the co-sponsored Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. As usual, it was somewhat of a firehose to take a drink scenario with great... Read more

Jonathan S. Berek, MD, MMS, FASCO

Jonathan S. Berek, MD, MMS, FASCO


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26 Feb 2015 12:45 PM

Transforming Scientific Advances into Patient Care

Dear Colleagues: This is an exciting time of year for ASCO as the organization and many of its members are preparing in earnest for the... Read more

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP


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26 Feb 2015 09:02 AM

When Even the Best Advice Isn’t Good Enough

Every so often I see a patient who views cancer as a constant threat to be handled. The cancer becomes so significant that she feels she can never let... Read more

Anne Katz, RN, PhD

Anne Katz, RN, PhD


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10 Feb 2015 06:55 PM

Real Men DO Cry

We’ve come a long way from the 1940s and 1950s when men didn’t cry—not when they stubbed a toe or came back from the war, and certainly not in front of... Read more

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MPH

Anees B. Chagpar, MD, MPH


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09 Feb 2015 08:34 AM

Resilience

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about resilience lately, in part, because of this article that appeared in the Harvard Business Review, which found... Read more

Guest Commentary

Guest Commentary


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03 Feb 2015 09:58 AM

Giving and Getting Back

By Nathan A. Pennell, MD, PhD I am often asked by friends and acquaintances how I am able to do what I do for a living, which is care for patients with... Read more

International Perspectives

International Perspectives


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02 Feb 2015 10:36 AM

World Cancer Day—Letter from ASCO's CEO Dr. Allen Lichter

    Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCOWorld Cancer Day – February 4 – is a key date every year for all of us in the international... Read more

Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP

Richard T. Penson, MD, MRCP


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29 Jan 2015 12:26 PM

Whining in Wait—Waiting in Line: Time and the Torment of Trials

By Tina Atkinson, Lauren Burns, and Richard Penson LB sports a perky, punky, quiff of hair that is testimony to the fact that she is a survivor, but... Read more

Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD

Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD


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28 Jan 2015 09:55 AM

The Physician Is the Natural Attorney of the Poor: White Coat Conversations

University of California, San Francisco 1968: The days of rage, Haight-Ashbury nearby; a second-year medical student in pathology naively asking the... Read more

Matthew S. Katz, MD

Matthew S. Katz, MD


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03 Dec 2014 03:31 PM

Twitter Use at Three Annual Professional Meetings (2012-2014)

Last year, I wrote about differences in how professional societies use social media during annual meetings. This year, the American... Read more

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD

Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD


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26 Nov 2014 10:59 AM

ECOG-ACRIN Annual Meeting of the National Clinical Trials Network

OverviewThe Eastern Cooperative Group & American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ECOG-ACRIN) Cancer Research Group Fall meeting was... Read more

Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP, FASCO

Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP, FASCO


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25 Nov 2014 01:11 PM

The AMA House of Delegates Update: And in the End. . .

The American Medical Association House of Delegates (AMA HOD) met once again last week in Dallas, Texas. This was the interim meeting where we welcomed... Read more

ASCO Commentary

ASCO Commentary


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12 Nov 2014 06:42 PM

On the Road Again

  By Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FASCO, Chief Medical Officer of ASCO During the past six weeks I’ve had the opportunity to attend cancer meetings... 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

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

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

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

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

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 S. Miller, MD, FACP, FASCO

Robert S. Miller, MD, FACP, FASCO


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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 V. Cox, DO, MBA, FACP, FASCO

John V. Cox, DO, MBA, FACP, FASCO


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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 P. Link, MD, FASCO

Michael P. Link, MD, FASCO


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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, MD, FASCO

George W. Sledge, MD, FASCO


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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 W. Blayney, MD, FASCO

Douglas W. Blayney, MD, FASCO


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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