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  • Robot-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy: New Findings Fuel the Ongoing Debate

    14 Apr 2014 04:10 PM

    By Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/EditorEver since robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) appeared on the scene in 2000, the technology has been widely embraced by surgeons and patients alike, rapidly overtaking the traditional open radical prostatectomy (ORP) as a surgical modality. Whereas in 2003, RARP accounted for 9.3% of all prostatectomies (and ORP for 91.7%), by 2009 that number had shot up to 60%. As the technology grew in popularity,... Read more

  • New JCO Study Finds High Rates of Financial Decline among Survivors of Breast Cancer, with Minorities Feeling the Brunt

    24 Mar 2014 04:09 PM

    By Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/EditorReshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, knows that the cancer care community has made great strides in the way it thinks about survivorship.   Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil“As oncologists, we’re very proud of the fact that we’re doing so well in our ability to cure a higher proportion of breast cancer patients. In turn, there’s more attention to survivorship issues and ensuring that what we’re doing doesn’t cause... Read more

  • 2014 Special Awards Honor Professional Achievements, Outstanding Service

    12 Mar 2014 10:04 AM

    ASCO confers Special Awards to recognize researchers, physicians, patient advocates, and leaders of the global oncology community who, through their work in clinical oncology, cancer research, or public and government advocacy, have made significant contributions to the field of cancer care. Among this year's awardees are a researcher and Nobel Prize winner credited with discovering the important role that human papillomavirus plays in... Read more

  • Volunteer Voices: International Cancer Corps Volunteers in Costa Rica

    11 Mar 2014 02:55 PM

     An Interview with ASCO Volunteer - Claude Denham, MD  From left to right: Dr. Carlos Zuniga, Dr. John Pippen and Dr. Claude Denham What made you interested in volunteering? Why did you choose to go to Costa Rica? This was my second trip with HVO (we spent a little over a week in Hue, Vietnam in 2012). I have always wanted to go on medical volunteer trips for many years now, but it seemed like the main desire was for... Read more

  • Cancer Care in India: An Interview with Past IDEA Recipient Dr. Navneet Singh

    11 Mar 2014 01:47 PM

       Navneet Singh, MD, DM, FACP, FCCPInstitution: Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, in Chandigarh, IndiaMember since: 2008Specialties: Thoracic oncology, non-small cell lung cancer ASCO Connection checks in with past 2008 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO International Development and Education Award (IDEA) recipient Navneet Singh, MD, DM, FACP, FCCP, to see how this ASCO initiative aimed at expanding... Read more

  • ASCO International One Year Later: A Letter from ASCO CEO Dr. Allen Lichter

    11 Mar 2014 10:56 AM

    Last February, ASCO launched ASCO International – a portfolio of international programs that improve cancer care, particularly in low- and middle-income countries – and a commitment to expand that portfolio over the next four years. This launch was made in concert with the broader recognition by the international community of the current and growing threat posed by cancer and other non-communicable diseases around the world. So one year later, what... Read more

  • Antibody Delivers Meaningful Clinical Outcomes for Patients with Peripheral and Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphomas

    10 Mar 2014 04:22 PM

    By Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/EditorFor most patients with peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL), long-term progression-free survival (PFS) is an elusive goal. And for patients with this aggressive form of lymphoma who relapse—or who never respond to standard first-line chemotherapies such as CHOP and EPOCH to begin with—outcomes are usually poor.    Michinori Ogura, MD, PhD“Patients are waiting for the development of new effective... Read more

  • Fertility Concerns Run High Among Young Patients with Breast Cancer, but Few Pursue Fertility Preservation Techniques

    24 Feb 2014 04:08 PM

    By Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/EditorA study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) online ahead of print (February 24, 2014), looked at 620 young women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and found that a majority of the patients professed concerns about infertility—but only a small percentage modified their oncologic treatment or pursued fertility preservation strategies.     Kathryn J. Ruddy,  MD,... Read more

  • Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Reassuring News for Patients in Remission at Two Years

    18 Feb 2014 04:13 PM

    By Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/EditorA new study strikes an encouraging note for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) who remain in remission two years from their initial diagnoses. According to a Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) study published online ahead of print (February 18, 2014), patients who reach the 24-month mark without relapsing have an overall survival rate similar to people in the general population.... Read more

  • A Matter of Time: The Distance Patients Travel Impacts Stage at Diagnosis

    10 Feb 2014 05:19 PM

    By Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/Editor Mention the phrase “health disparities in cancer” and most people’s thoughts will turn to the recent debate about insurance coverage. But in a country as large as the United States, a major barrier to accessing care can quite simply be where you live. A team of researchers from MD Anderson has penned a study that correlates travel distance with stage at diagnosis for the third most common cancer in the... Read more