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Feb 14, 2018
Patient advocate Ms. Carole Seigel discusses ASCO's new clinical practice guideline on managing immune-related adverse events for patients treated with checkpoint inhibitors.  
Feb 13, 2018
A recent event brought home the significance of how devastating news is received and how we react to a potentially life-changing message.
Feb 05, 2018
Almost every day a patient (and often many more than one) asks Dr. Evan Hall, “How will my cancer diagnosis affect my life?” This is a difficult question to answer. 
Feb 01, 2018
"Can we increase the chances to make early diagnoses in patients with cancer? Yes, we can, I can, but how?" asks Dr. Jose Angel Sanchez.
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Heather Marie Hylton, PA-C

Heather M. Hylton, MS, PA-C, is the Lead Physician Assistant for the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She serves on ASCO's Government Relations Committee and is an Associate Editor on the ASCO University Editorial Board. She also serves as a Director-at-Large for the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology. Follow Ms. Hylton on Twitter @hmhyltonpac.

Jun 04, 2015
Now that the 2015 ASCO Annual Meeting has drawn to a close, it is with restrained optimism that I have returned home. While we have just spent the last few days learning about exciting innovations in cancer care, it is difficult to think of these advances without considering their cost, and one...
Jun 01, 2014
“While there are many key points to reflect upon [in relation to the concept of “value” in cancer care], the following seem to resonate quite loudly: The current health care/cancer care cost trajectory is not sustainable; ...
Jun 02, 2013
I admit to being an aficionado of quotes, and I am particularly fond of some quotes I have heard at the Annual Meeting regarding patient-centered care.
Jun 01, 2013
ASCO, the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology, and the Oncology Nursing Society came together again this year to present the Clinical Care in Oncology for the Advanced Practice Provider pre-Annual Meeting Seminar.  The education sessions and faculty were truly outstanding, and the...
Apr 20, 2013
T.S. Eliot once penned April is the cruelest month.  I became conditioned to believe this after bearing witness to the tragic events in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, as a student at the University of Oklahoma.  It was the first such tragedy I had been so close to, and sadly, not the last.
Oct 15, 2012
I recently had the opportunity to participate in an intensive course on legislative advocacy. The "final exam," appropriately, was a visit to Capitol Hill where I spoke with Congressional staff on Hospice Care issues. Now I must confess that early on in my career, I thought legislative advocacy was...

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