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Jan 16, 2020
As the world’s leading organization of oncology professionals who care for people with cancer, ASCO believes it is critical to understand what the public, including patients, think of, expect, and need from the nation’s cancer care system.
Jan 14, 2020
Wherever we live, whatever we do for our day jobs, we have a responsibility to be politically aware and politically engaged.
Jan 09, 2020
What had just happened in an examination room that led to that truly intimate moment in the small space of the elevator? 
Jan 08, 2020
The December holidays are always a hard time for my patients, and as a result, for me and my health care team. It’s hard to feel so depleted when there is so much pressure to be festive and merry.
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Peter Paul Yu, MD, FASCO, FACP

Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO, is a medical oncologist and hematologist, and Director of Cancer Research at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where he has worked since 1989. In addition to his role as the Immediate Past President of ASCO, Dr. Yu also serves as Chair of the Special Awards Selection Committee, as well as a member on the Quality Care Committee and CancerLinQ Board of Governors. Follow Dr.  Yu on Twitter @YupOnc.

Sep 04, 2014
Last week, I attended the Japanese Society of Clinical Oncology (JSCO) meeting in Yokohama. JSCO rotates the Congress President position among the Japanese universities, and this was the year for Seiichi Takenoshita, who...
Jul 15, 2014
Human nature, for good or for bad, is remarkably similar across cultures. Literature, art, and music provide common ground and reflect the qualities within us that are creative and validate our existence. The worse aspects of human judgment and nature are shared as well. 2014 marks the 100th...
Jul 08, 2014
The recent long Fourth of July weekend was a quiet one, which is what one hopes for when one is on call. The silver lining of working a holiday is that even the cancer world somehow manages to slow down a bit, which afforded me time for my ASCO homework of reviewing the over 100 ASCO members who...
Jun 29, 2014
Patient-centered care, shared decision-making, and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) collectively describe a powerful concept that underlies much of the current thinking on health care reform. Although what has caught the political attention is health care insurance reform, the success of...
Jun 02, 2014
“Illumination” is a provocative word, evoking as it does the banishment of the darkness of ignorance by the light of new knowledge. Today, we are benefiting from a steady stream of new knowledge about the molecular basis of cancer and the interaction between host and tumor immunology. The concept...
Feb 15, 2014
During the last few months, I have been visiting with as many of the 21 ASCO committees as I can in order to understand the issues that they have identified as most critical for cancer education, research, and patient well being. I have been impressed by the richness of vision and dedication that...

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