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Nov 20, 2018
 Although there are still several weeks left in 2018, events have left me speechless twice this year: the deaths of two women, well before their time.
Nov 20, 2018
Attending the ASCO Annual Meeting was a great reminder of the importance of our social media-based networking; each time I “met” a HOWPG member for the first time, it felt like meeting a close old friend.
Nov 20, 2018
To rescue someone on the precipice takes courage, with strong doses of love, acceptance, and supported choices and, above all, trust and hopefulness.
Nov 19, 2018
At a recent meeting, the ASCO delegation to the AMA House of Delegates presented concerns focused on the Competitive Acquisition Program (CAP), among a variety of other issues.
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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.

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.
Oct 28, 2014
From everything you read, social media is becoming an increasingly important way to communicate in health care. ASCO has clearly embraced it. Dr. Don Dizon recently wrote a great piece about the...
Aug 30, 2014
Just a little over year ago, I suggested, on ASCO Connection, that those involved in cancer care should start using a set of disease-based hashtags to help patients,...
Jun 02, 2014
It’s been almost three years since the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) reported a 20% reduction in lung cancer mortality. Why is it taking so long to see low-dose CT screening become a reality?
May 02, 2014
The countdown to the Annual Meeting is underway. In one month, ASCO members converge on Chicago to learn about the latest peer-reviewed advances in oncology. For attendees, it can be overwhelming but is a great opportunity for learning, networking, and seeing what may be coming soon to your cancer...
Apr 10, 2014
Increasingly, cancer care is becoming more evidence-based and personalized. But there are still a lot of areas where we need to question the conventional wisdom. How much of what we learned during training is based upon evidence versus anecdote and assumption?

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