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Oct 10, 2018
Dr. Stefania Gori describes the Italian Association of Medical Oncology's meeting with Pope Francis, and the blessing he offered to everyone who cares for people with cancer.
Oct 03, 2018
The chair-elect of the ASCO Health Equity Committee and I discuss concerns with proposed Medicaid work requirements and their impact on patients with cancer and their physicians.
Sep 27, 2018
GLOBOCAN 2018 indicates a significant global increase in the numbers, incidence, and mortality rates, albeit significant differences in mortality amongst countries of different economic levels. 
Sep 25, 2018
To be a truly good doctor, you can't just care for people - you have to care about people.
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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.

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. ...
Jun 26, 2014
We just returned from the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) gathering. Once again, it proved to be extensive, revealing, and eventful. ASCO’s Dr. Barbara McAneny was reelected to the AMA...
Nov 26, 2013
I just returned from participating in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) as a representative of ASCO. I, along with Drs. Chris Nunnink and Barb McAneny and ASCO staff Ms. Jennifer Brunelle and Ms. Monica Tan, attended the interim session. This session has a similar...
Sep 23, 2013
It has been a couple of weeks since our visitor has left, but it remains a visit that should be shared. The International Development and Education Award (...

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