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Oct 16, 2018
We all need to take a stand on gender equality, writes Dr. Eileen Parkes.
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. 
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George W. Sledge, MD, FASCO

George W. Sledge, Jr., MD, FASCO, is Chief of the Division of Oncology and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Stanford, he was Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Program as well as the Ballve-Lantero Professor of Oncology and Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. He was the 2010-2011 President of ASCO, and he has served on numerous ASCO committees. He has also served as Chair of the Breast Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group from 2002-2009. Dr. Sledge is currently a member of the Measures Task Force, as well as the Quality of Care and CancerLinQ Patient Reported Outcomes Committees. He received the 2006 Komen Foundation Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in 2006, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Jill Rose Award, and the William L. McGuire Award from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in 2010.

Jun 21, 2011
In describing the national clinical trials system last year, a term I used a lot was “sweat equity.” Physicians donate a great deal of free time to clinical cancer research. It is difficult to imagine that our federally funded clinical trials system could continue to exist without the un-reimbursed...
Jun 10, 2011
It is presumptuous beyond belief to speak of “My Annual Meeting” when the meeting had so may cooks preparing the feast. So in this post I would like to throw out some “thank you’s” to those who made the meeting possible, and to some who made the last year such a pleasurable one for me.
Jun 09, 2011
One of the sad aspects of being President of ASCO is that you rarely get to attend sessions that you are not either chairing or speaking in. It is therefore entirely likely that I missed some of the coolest stuff that was presented at this year’s Meeting. I will be busy perusing the...
Jun 08, 2011
Well. I have completed my year as ASCO President, as of Monday, and now get to return to obscurity. Or, as one of my colleagues told me, surveying my palatial digs in the Conrad Hilton Suite, "Next year, Motel 6 in Skokie, George." No doubt. But this year I had the opportunity to lead the world's...
May 30, 2011
You may remember a blog I wrote a few months ago commenting on an article describing cancer patients entering Phase I trials as being guilty of “unrealistic optimism” regarding their...
May 25, 2011
In less than two weeks Mike Link of Stanford will be replacing me as President of our organization. He will do a great job: he is an honest, thoughtful, forthright physician whose intelligence and good sense, as well as his unique perspectives as a pediatric oncologist, will add much to our society...