Latest Blogs

Aug 09, 2018
"You're an oncologist? How can you do it?" Radiation oncologists chimed in on Twitter about the rewards of the job.
Aug 08, 2018
Dr. Raj Mohan looks at surgical oncology through the lens of the saying that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating": ultimately, the outcome matters more than the process.
Aug 07, 2018
I spoke with our current ASCO president about her theme for the year, her work with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, and her frontier spirit.
Aug 06, 2018
A patient who refused chemotherapy offered Dr. Erika Hamilton a lesson in compromise. 
Subscribe to this column

Matthew S. Katz, MD

Matthew S. Katz, MD, is the Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at Lowell General Hospital and a partner in Radiation Oncology Associates, PA. He is former Chair of the Communications Committee for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and External Advisory Board member for Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. He serves on ASCO's Social Media Working Group, ASTRO's Education Committee, and Massachusetts Medical Society's Communications Committee. His areas of prime interest are patient education and health empowerment. Follow Dr. Katz on Twitter @subatomicdoc.

Mar 04, 2016
To determine when radiation helps treat lymph nodes, we need to carefully interpret surgical findings and accurately stage breast cancer to best understand the risk of lymph node involvement.
Feb 29, 2016
Two recently published large clinical trials, NCIC MA.20 and EORTC 22922, raised a lot of interest in and a lot of questions about when radiation helps for treating lymph nodes in breast cancer. The data are more complicated than often presented.
Jun 05, 2015
Everyone deserves a chance to be healthy. Physicians, of course, focus on helping patients. Unfortunately, I often see patients’ frustrations with the health care system itself directed toward doctors. Doctors are under increasing pressures on multiple fronts. Yes, we’re imperfect, but making...
Apr 27, 2015
If you are attending the ASCO Annual Meeting, you will have the opportunity to attend many presentations that will help to improve cancer care. But even if you aren’t able to make it to Chicago, you can still learn from colleagues by tuning in to ASCO’s hashtag on Twitter, #ASCO15.
Apr 16, 2015
Recognizing the needs of patients as well as doctors is essential to healthcare. We may have ideas about what those needs are, but how do we include them in decisions about healthcare reform?
Dec 03, 2014
Using hashtag analytics, Dr. Matthew Katz presents Twitter data for ASCO and ASTRO Annual Meetings from 2012 through 2014. The findings show that the growth trend continues for sharing research and specialty-specific information in cancer care via social media.

Pages