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Jan 16, 2020
As the world’s leading organization of oncology professionals who care for people with cancer, ASCO believes it is critical to understand what the public, including patients, think of, expect, and need from the nation’s cancer care system.
Jan 14, 2020
Wherever we live, whatever we do for our day jobs, we have a responsibility to be politically aware and politically engaged.
Jan 09, 2020
What had just happened in an examination room that led to that truly intimate moment in the small space of the elevator? 
Jan 08, 2020
The December holidays are always a hard time for my patients, and as a result, for me and my health care team. It’s hard to feel so depleted when there is so much pressure to be festive and merry.
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Edward Paul Balaban, DO, FACP, FASCO

Edward P. Balaban, DO, FACP, FASCO, is the Medical Director for the Cancer Care Partnership with Penn State University Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. He currently serves as a Practice Guideline Implementation Network (PGIN) representative for Weight-Based Dosing Chemotherapy for Cancer Patients and Gastrointestinal Guideline Advisory Groups. Dr. Balaban is also Past President of the Pennsylvania Society of Oncology and Hematology and the delegate representing ASCO at the AMA-House of Delegates.

Nov 28, 2016
We (the ASCO delegation) have just returned from the interim American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates meeting in Orlando. ASCO proposed a resolution focused on the restrictive opioid policies being adopted by many states. Many of the state legislations include language restricting...
Jun 22, 2016
ASCO composed and successfully brought to the AMA-HOD several resolutions representing some of our most pressing concerns and/or initiatives, including regulations on handling hazardous materials, transparency on clinical pathways, reimbursement models, and Part B drug payments.
Jan 05, 2016
ASCO staff and  member representatives gathered in Atlanta for the AMA House of Delegates' recent meeting, and, as usual, listened, learned, and spoke on a number of topics.
Jun 18, 2015
The AMA House of Delegates (AMA-HOD) convened a few days after the ASCO Annual Meeting.  It was, in many ways, a continuation of many of the concerns reviewed at the annual ASCO gathering. The delegation representing ASCO is now composed of ASCO staff, along with Drs. Thomas Marsland, Ray Page,...
Jun 01, 2015
The annual ASCO gathering is now in its last 48 hours, and it has been interesting. I have heard discussions concerning payment reform, oncology medical homes, and value based care. The highlighted plenary presentations concerning what appears to be a major clinical advance in the treatment of...
Nov 25, 2014
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 ASCO’s new alternate delegate Dr. Kristina Maletz. As always, a wide variety of reports and resolutions were proposed. ...

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